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How to remove the plugin without losing the SEO and with proper Redirections

If you are looking for a perfect and safe way to uninstall an AMP from your site then follow the below steps.

Setup NOINDEX for AMP

This is an important step where we’re preventing Google to Index our pages.

We’ll include a line of Code in the SEO Option of the AMP Settings.

<meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow"/>

First, go to the WordPress Admin Area -> AMP option panel -> Settings -> SEO -> Enter code in Head Section.

In a week or two, you’ll be seeing the reduction in indexing.

Once they are down we’ll go to the next step i.e., Deactivate and Delete the plugin.

Deactivate & Delete the AMP Plugin

first, deactivate the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Plugin from Plugins Panel.

After deactivating the plugin delete it completely.

This will remove the AMP from your site.

Set up a Proper Redirection

How can you fix the 404 / page not found errors when you deactivate the AMP plugin.

Step 1: Download the free plugin called Redirection By John Godley

Step 2: After Activating go to WordPress Dashboard -> Tools -> Redirection and Setup new redirection.

To setup new redirection, we need to setup 2 things Source URL and Target URL
So in the source URL paste this regex code.  /(.*)\/amp
This code will make sure all your post URL ending with /AMP are taken as Source URL and will be redirected.

In the target, URL paste this https://www.yourdomain.com/$1 and make sure you enable the checkbox “Regular Expression”.

Your redirection should look like this.

Step 3: Hit Add Redirection and test it.
I suggest you to please check multiple amp pages and make sure they are working as expected.

I hope this will help you handling 404 pages generated after deactivating the AMP plugin, and I’m sure after some time Google will update its data in search console and /amp pages will be deindexed slowly.

That’s it for this tutorial!

We hope it helped you. If you have any feedback or questions, then please share them in the comments section below.

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Updated on October 9, 2019

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  1. New at this – I added AMPforWP to my website and didn’t like the results so I want to remove it. I deleted it and then nothing on my mobile changed – I read the part about checking the “remove settings with plugin” and so I re-installed the plugin, and checked the option under advanced. then I uninstalled it again. Again nothing changed – I just want the mobile version back to the way it was – What else do I have to do?
    stephensbodyshop.com

    1. Hi Jim Cartwrignt,

      We have checked your website and found that you have properly uninstalled the AMP on your Website.

    2. I am facing the same issue, i uninstalled the plugin but it redirect to amp version

      and if i installed the pluign again my custom css dosen’t apply and also woocommerce products pages not on amp version

      Please help me out.

      Thanks

        1. I already have done, but there is no response from your support team.

  2. I want to get back all my settings which was before use of amp for wp plugin how its possible. I uninstalled and deactivate plugin but still looking site as changed made by amp plugin. Kindly help me.
    https//instafox.co

    1. Hi Wajahat,

      If you deactivate our plugin then we will instantly remove the AMP on your website but If you pages get indexed in Google search console then Google will take few days to deindexed those pages and after that only your AMP will be removed from Google search results

  3. Hi,

    I didn’t follow this tutorial when I deactivate the plug in because I only found it today.

    Now I’m receiving message from Google –
    New issue found : Referenced AMP URL is not an AMP

    How do I fix this? Should I reinstall, activate and follow the tutorial from beginning to deactivate it?

    Thanks in advance for your help

    1. Hi Kak Su,

      If you uninstall our plugin then you will see that message for sure and if you want AMP then you need to activate our plugin and if you won’t then you will see that message only and that message simply means you are not having AMP on your website and if you have issue/problem then contact our support team – https://ampforwp.com/support/ they will help you and fix the issue as soon as possible.

  4. Hello.
    When I uninstall your AMP plugin, it is deleted.
    But when I reinstall again, all the settings are same.

    If I want to completely remove your plugin (alongwith the data stored in it).
    How to do it.

    Also your plugin is causing slow load time of AMP pages.
    Please check here. https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.windowstechit.com/UIK5f208

    What is the reason. Your plugin is taking 2 to 3 secs as additional load.
    When I disable your plugin, this time is reduced.
    Please let me know how to resolve this issue.

    1. Hi Palla Sridhar,

      If you want to completely remove AMPforWP plugin then follow this step WordPress dashboard -> AMP option panel -> Settings -> Advance Settings ->
      enable “Delete Data on Uninstall?” option like below the screenshot -> https://take.ms/fzHXL and then Uninstall our plugin.

  5. I deleted the plugin correctly (enabled the delete data in advanced settings) and followed this guide for redirection and the site still shows the amp version.

    Will this work instantaneously or is there a delay?

    1. Hi Dietrich,

      Are you checking the AMP pages in the browser by entering the AMP URL or my Google search? Because the AMP will be removed immediately from the URL but it will take some time to remove from the Google search results.

  6. Can I use the redirection feature of Rank math plugin instead of installing new plugin.

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