wp_validate_logged_in_cookie()WP 3.9.0

Validates the logged-in cookie.

Checks the logged-in cookie if the previous auth cookie could not be validated and parsed.

This is a callback for the determine_current_user filter, rather than API.

No Hooks.


Int|false. User ID if validated, false otherwise. If a user ID from an earlier filter callback is received, that value is returned.


wp_validate_logged_in_cookie( $user_id );
$user_id(int|false) (required)
The user ID (or false) as received from the determine_current_user


Since 3.9.0 Introduced.

wp_validate_logged_in_cookie() code WP 6.5.2

function wp_validate_logged_in_cookie( $user_id ) {
	if ( $user_id ) {
		return $user_id;

	if ( is_blog_admin() || is_network_admin() || empty( $_COOKIE[ LOGGED_IN_COOKIE ] ) ) {
		return false;

	return wp_validate_auth_cookie( $_COOKIE[ LOGGED_IN_COOKIE ], 'logged_in' );