Remove Google reCAPTCHA v3 Badge in WordPress

Published December 6, 2021

In 2018, Google announced the third version of reCAPTCHA. ReCAPTCHA is a free tool used to prevent spam and abuse on WordPress sites. The new version of reCAPTCHA uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to check if you're a bot or not. This new technology will make it easier for humans and Google can understand what you're doing and see your actions as valid activities without having to solve an annoying puzzle each time (the difference from previous versions). The issue with the reCAPTCHA 3.0 is it adds an annoying sidebar at the bottom right of computer screens.

Google reCAPTCHA version 3.0 badge

What is Google reCAPTCHA?

Google reCAPTCHA v3 is a program that helps protect websites from spam and abuse. It is a type of challenge-response test used to determine whether or not the user is human. reCAPTCHA is a service provided by Google that helps to protect websites from spam and abuse by verifying that the user is human. It does this by asking the user to solve a simple CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) challenge.

How to remove Google reCAPTCHA v3 Badge in WordPress

This annoying little snippet can be solved by going into your Admin > Appearence > Themes > Customize > Additional CSS. In here, simply copy & paste the following line of code to get rid of it:

.grecaptcha-badge { visibility: hidden; }

Make sure not to change visibility to none, as this would disable the spam filtering completely!

How to remove Google reCAPTCHA v3 Badge in Oxygen WordPress Builder

To add Global CSS in Oxygen builder head into the builder in any page on your website, go to Manage > Stylesheets. Click "Add stylesheet", name it whatever you want, then paste the code into the editor:

.grecaptcha-badge { visibility: hidden; }

Removing the reCAPTCHA badge on a normal website

In websites other than WordPress, simply add a css stylesheet to your website and ensure you add the same class as above:

.grecaptcha-badge { visibility: hidden; }

Does Google Allow you to do this?

Yes! As long as you add to your terms of service or user flow that you use reCAPTCHA services. They suggest this preformatted text to be included:

<p>
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google
    <a href="https://policies.google.com/privacy">Privacy Policy</a> and
    <a href="https://policies.google.com/terms">Terms of Service</a> apply.
</p>

Conclusion

It's fairly easy to hide the annoying reCAPTCHA badge. This is the easiest way to remove Google reCAPTCHA in WordPress or custom websites. This method will work on any WordPress theme framework too like Genesis, Divi or Avada.

Written by Justin
Justin is the founder of Gold Penguin, a web design and marketing agency that helps businesses achieve their online goals. Justin has a passion for web design and marketing, and he loves working with clients to help them grow their businesses.
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