unregister_nav_menu( string $location ): bool

Unregisters a navigation menu location for a theme.


The menu location identifier.


bool True on success, false on failure.

More Information

unregister_nav_menu( 'primary' );


function unregister_nav_menu( $location ) {
	global $_wp_registered_nav_menus;

	if ( is_array( $_wp_registered_nav_menus ) && isset( $_wp_registered_nav_menus[ $location ] ) ) {
		unset( $_wp_registered_nav_menus[ $location ] );
		if ( empty( $_wp_registered_nav_menus ) ) {
			_remove_theme_support( 'menus' );
		return true;
	return false;



User Contributed Notes

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    Delete a previously registered location

    Calling get_nav_menu_locations() will show you an array of all the nav location slugs and their associated menu ID you have registered/ and or used in the past. The get_nav_menu_locations() function checks a theme mod so to fully unregister/remove menu location we need an extra step missing from unregister_nav_menu() by removing the location slug from the get_theme_mod(‘nav_menu_locations’) array and then resetting the theme mod without the $location we want to remove.

     * Delete a previously registered location
     * @param $location The slug used to register the menu in the first place
    if (!function_exists('delete_nav_menu_location')) {
    	function delete_nav_menu_location($location)
    		$locations = get_theme_mod('nav_menu_locations');
    		if (is_array($locations) && array_key_exists($location, $locations)) {
    			set_theme_mod('nav_menu_locations', $locations);
    			return true;
    		return false;

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