Remove Google reCAPTCHA v3 Badge in WordPress

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
Updated by Justin on October 27, 2022 in

In 2018, Google announced the third version of reCAPTCHA. The new version of reCAPTCHA uses Artificial Intelligence to check if you're a bot or not. This makes it easier for humans and Google can understand what you're doing and mark your actions as valid without having to solve an annoying puzzle each time (the difference from the previous version). The issue with the reCAPTCHA 3.0 is it adds an intrusive sidebar at the bottom right of each page.

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 > Appearance > 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 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 also work on any additional WordPress page builder like Breakdance, Divi, Elementor, and Visual Composer.

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Written by Justin
Justin is the founder of Gold Penguin, a web design and marketing agency that helps businesses increase their revenue using the internet. He writes about the latest software and tools that can help companies 10x their daily workflow & revenue

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