Switch WordPress user accounts with the User Switching Plugin in one click

Complex WordPress websites such as online shops or communities are used by many users, not just the admin and editors. Therefore it makes sense to test the view of a simple user extensively when developing the page.

The constant logging out and logging in between different user accounts can quickly become annoying. The remedy is the User Switching Plugin, which enables a direct switch between different user accounts. It is a perfect addition to the development and staging instance of your website.

User switching plugin

The plugin is listed in the official WordPress directory and is very popular with 60,000 active installations and over 100 five star ratings:

Direct change of user accounts in WordPress.

By: John Blackbourn & contributors

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Last updated: 2 months ago
100,000+ active installs
Compatible up to: 5.6


After installation, you can switch to another account with one click on the overview page of the user accounts ( Users> All users ). It is important that you are logged in as an admin yourself . It is just as easy to switch back to the admin account.

In addition to changing users, the plugin also allows you to log out quickly in order to view the page as a guest. Instead of laboriously entering the login data manually, you can switch back to the logged-in admin account with one click. Logging out is only simulated.

The plugin works without any problems with WordPress multisites, bbPress forum or BuddyPress communities, which naturally represent sites with different user roles. Pages encrypted with SSL are also no problem.

There is no need to worry about safety in use. Passwords are not used or even shown because the plugin only uses the WordPress authentication cookie. In addition, normal users cannot switch to other accounts, so the plugin only works as an administrator.


User Switching is a small plugin with no options or many features and does the job you want absolutely perfectly. Therefore, I can unreservedly recommend the plugin.