delete_user_meta()WP 3.0.0

Remove metadata matching criteria from a user.

You can match based on the key, or key and value. Removing based on key and value, will keep from removing duplicate metadata with the same key. It also allows removing all metadata matching key, if needed.

No Hooks.


true|false. True on success, false on failure.


delete_user_meta( $user_id, $meta_key, $meta_value );
$user_id(int) (required)
User ID
$meta_key(string) (required)
Metadata name.
Metadata value. If provided, rows will only be removed that match the value. Must be serializable if non-scalar.
Default: ''



#1 Delete option _province from user 9:

$user_id = 9;
if ( ! delete_user_meta( $user_id, '_province' ) ) {
	echo "Oooops! A mistake happened during this operation!";


Since 3.0.0 Introduced.

delete_user_meta() code WP 6.5.3

function delete_user_meta( $user_id, $meta_key, $meta_value = '' ) {
	return delete_metadata( 'user', $user_id, $meta_key, $meta_value );