This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Manually Approved Reviews for WooCommerce


With this plugin, newly written WooCommerce product reviews will be in a pending (hold) status until manually approved.

Product reviews in WooCommerce are immediately available for everyone to see (this can’t be changed without this plugin). WooCommerce ignores the WordPress “comment must be manually approved” discussion setting. With this plugin, new product reviews must be manually reviewed and approved before being visible on the front-end.


  • Activate the Manually Approved Reviews for WooCommerce plugin.
  • New reviews will be in pending status until manually approved.


For an automatic installation through WordPress:

  1. Select Add New from the WordPress Plugins menu in the admin area.
  2. Search for Manually Approved Reviews for WooCommerce.
  3. Click Install Now, then Activate Plugin.

For manual installation via FTP:

  1. Upload the woo-reviews-manually-approved folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin from the Plugins screen in your WordPress admin area.

To upload the plugin through WordPress, instead of FTP:

  1. From the Add New plugins page in your WordPress admin area, select the Upload Plugin button.
  2. Select the file, click Install Now and Activate Plugin.


Are there any settings for Manually Approved Reviews for WooCommerce?

No. All you need to do is install and activate the plugin and new product reviews will require approval. To turn it off, simply deactivate the plugin.

How does it work?

The plugin creates a hook that is triggered whenever someone writes a product review. It then changes the review to a pending (hold) status which requires the review to be manually reviewed and approved (or deleted).

Wait, WooCommerce doesn’t do this?

Nope. New product reviews are immediately available for anyone to read, which is why this plugin exists.

How do I approve the review?

In the WordPress admin area under Comments.


فبروري 25, 2022
Even though it’s been not tested with the latest 3 WP updates, the plugin works like a charm. New user reviews need to be approved like regular comments.
اگست 18, 2020
Wordpress 5.5 WooCommerce 4.3 this still works perfectly, exactly what I needed.
جنوري 26, 2018
So far, does exactly what it says. Easy install and nothing to configure. A note to others, if you install the plugin, then leave a test review and are LOGGED IN, you will see the stars and most of the review on the site, along with a note “Your review is awaiting approval”. But now log out, and reload the page, and you will see the review is NOT there, pending approval. This took me a second to figure out, and I wonder if the other plugin review here that said it doesn’t work are from people who didn’t figure this out? Anyway, thanks developers, very helpful plugin! Please keep it updated! One last thing, I can’t believe woocommerce doesn’t do this by default. Unbelievable!
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Contributors & Developers

“Manually Approved Reviews for WooCommerce” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



v1.3.0 – 2/24/2023

  • Verified working with WordPress v6.2

v1.2 – 2/1/2021

  • Updated contact email address, verified working with WordPress v5.6

v1.1 – 3/23/2016

  • Added check to verify WooCommerce was installed and activated

v1.0 – 3/22/2016

  • Initial release