How to Disconnect and Connect Jetpack Account in WordPress?

Sometimes, in WordPress there arises a need to disconnect your Jetpack account so that you can connect it again. It might be because Jetpack displays an “unknown_token: It looks like your Jetpack connection is broken. Try disconnecting from WordPress.com then reconnecting” error message. It also might be that you just want to simply switch the WordPress.com account associated with your privately hosted blog/site.

There are two methods by which you can associate a new WordPress (and subsequently a Jetpack) account with your site.

Method 1: From WordPress.com

When you first setup Jetpack on your privately hosted WordPress site, you had to connect it to a WordPress.com account. To disconnect it, use the same site.

Here are the steps:

  • Go to WordPress.com and login.
  • From the header, click on My Sites and switch to your WP site.
  • Click on Settings from the navigation links on the left.
  • Under Jetpack heading, click the button that says Disconnect Site and confirm your action.
    Disconnecting Jetpack from WordPress

To be able to use it again, you will have to give the access to Jetpack and connect WordPress.com to your site from the admin dashboard.

Method 2: Removing and Re-Installing Jetpack Plugin

This second method works as well but it doesn’t save your settings. Just remove your Jetpack plugin and delete all the files/data saved by it. Install it again and connect with your WordPress.com account correctly.

Here are the steps:

  • In your site’s admin dashboard, navigate to Plugins > Installed Plugins.
  • Click on Deactivate for Jetpack by WordPress.com
  • Then hit the Delete link under the same plugin.
  • Confirm and choose Yes, delete these files and data.
    Deleting Jetpack in WordPress

To bring back the plugin, install it again from Plugins > Add New. You will have to activate it first and then, authorize it with your WordPress.com account. You will need to follow the steps to set Jetpack up again according to your preferences and disable/enable/configure the modules of your choice.