do_action( ‘personal_options_update’, int $user_id )

Fires before the page loads on the ‘Profile’ editing screen.


The action only fires if the current user is editing their own profile.


The user ID.

More Information

Generally, action hook is used to save custom fields that have been added to the WordPress profile page.

This hook only triggers when a user is viewing their own profile page. If you want to apply your hook to ALL profile pages (including users other than the current one), then you also need to use the edit_user_profile_update hook.


do_action( 'personal_options_update', $user_id );



User Contributed Notes

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    This example shows how to save a custom field named ‘your_field’…

    add_action('personal_options_update', 'update_extra_profile_fields');
    function update_extra_profile_fields( $user_id ) {
        if ( current_user_can( 'edit_user', $user_id) ) {
            update_user_meta( $user_id, 'my_custom_field', sanitize_text_field( $_POST['your_field'] ) );
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    (From Codex)
    This example shows how to save a custom field named ‘your_field’…

    add_action( 'personal_options_update', 'wporg_update_extra_profile_fields' );
     function wporg_update_extra_profile_fields( $user_id ) {
         if ( current_user_can( 'edit_user', $user_id ) )
             update_user_meta( $user_id, 'my_custom_field', $_POST['your_field'] );

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