WooCommerce: Hide Checkout Billing Fields if Virtual Product @ Cart

If you sell downloadable/virtual products and need to simplify your WooCommerce checkout when such product type is in the Cart, you’ve come to the right place!

Here’s a simple snippet to check if there are only “virtual” products in the Cart and if yes, all the billing fields and order notes are hidden (but name and email address). Go test this on your development environment and let me know if this works!

Simplify the WooCommerce checkout by removing billing fields if cart contains virtual products

PHP Snippet: Remove Billing Fields if Cart contains Virtual Products @ WooCommerce Checkout

 * @snippet       Simplify Checkout if Only Virtual Products
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @sourcecode    https://businessbloomer.com/?p=78351
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 3.5.4
 * @donate $9     https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/

add_filter( 'woocommerce_checkout_fields' , 'bbloomer_simplify_checkout_virtual' );

function bbloomer_simplify_checkout_virtual( $fields ) {
	$only_virtual = true;
	foreach( WC()->cart->get_cart() as $cart_item_key => $cart_item ) {
		// Check if there are non-virtual products
		if ( ! $cart_item['data']->is_virtual() ) $only_virtual = false;	
 	if( $only_virtual ) {
	    add_filter( 'woocommerce_enable_order_notes_field', '__return_false' );
  	return $fields;

Where to add this snippet?

You can place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file (before "?>" if you have it). CSS, on the other hand, goes in your child theme style.css file. Make sure you know what you are doing when editing such files - if you need more guidance, please take a look at my free video tutorial "Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?"

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything worked as expected. I would be happy to revise the snippet if you report otherwise (please provide screenshots). I have tested this code with Storefront theme, the WooCommerce version listed above and a WordPress-friendly hosting on PHP 7+.

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Rodolfo Melogli

Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as a WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. His goal is to help entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares. Rodolfo loves travelling, chasing tennis & soccer balls and, of course, wood fired oven pizza.

26 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Hide Checkout Billing Fields if Virtual Product @ Cart

  1. thanks a lot man .. its magic.

    1. Great!

  2. I love it! Thank you!

    1. Yay!

  3. This is brilliant, thank you!

    How would you also remove the ‘ship to different address’ tick box?


    1. Hi Adam – I guess you’re talking about “mixed” carts, where you have virtual and non-virtual products at the same time? Because if you only have virtual ones the shipping form won’t display at all. Let me know

  4. How would I change this if I wanted to remove billing fields on free products?

    1. Hi Pat, thanks so much for your comment! Yes, this is definitely possible, but I’m afraid it’s custom work. If you’d like to get a quote, feel free to contact me here. Thanks a lot for your understanding!

  5. This code works perfectly.

    We are only selling downloadable virtual products and I think hiding the billing fields is a good idea. However, the question arises whether these fields are needed for credit/debit card payment methods. We plan to use Stripe and PayPal, but have only tested in test mode and not in live or production mode. Since this is our first time using WooCommerce, we would like to know, before we go live, whether we can use this snippet.


    1. Technically if it works on test mode it should work on live mode. However, I recommend you enable this snippet on your live site and immediately do a real test purchase. After that, based on your results, you can leave the snippet there or you can remove it. Hope this helps

  6. thank you! You’re awesome for sharing the code.

    1. Cheers!

  7. This is Awesome function. Thank you! And yes it still works

    1. Great!

  8. Thanks the code work only if I am logged in doesn’t work if not logged in then it ask to login to the account first to checkout.

    1. Thanks for your comment Nidhi. It works for me, so please test with a different theme / no plugins to see if it works

  9. I don’t have a child theme. I put my code in the parent’s theme’s “functions.php”. I put the code at the end of the file. But after saving and refreshing, my site doesn’t display anything. It just keeps on loading

    1. Hey Himanshu, thanks for your comment! Try using https://wordpress.org/plugins/code-snippets/ instead

  10. Hi Rodolfo
    Nice piece of code, simple and easy ๐Ÿ˜‰
    How would I change your snippet, if there was a physical product in the cart as well, to exclude the cost of the virtual product from the subtotal, to allow free shipping, but still take the total through to checkout?
    I’m hoping this is something really simple to do but cannot figure it out.

    1. Thanks Andy ๐Ÿ™‚ I suggest you take a look at “conditional logic”: https://businessbloomer.com/conditional-logic-woocommerce-tutorial/ and https://businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-conditional-logic-ultimate-php-guide/. Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hi, found your code and tested it, still can be use. Thank you very much. Really appreciated it.

    1. Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Hey,

    i am new to your page and I am very thankful for your content. I looked through your checkout page tips and I cant find how you put the “My Order” table on the right side? My order and payment options are under the billing details, how can I make them so beautiful like yours? thank you

    1. Hello Serhat! I get that checkout layout thanks to my theme, Storefront. Otherwise you can use simple CSS to make a 2-columns checkout layout. Hope this helps!

  13. Sweet Code Rodolofo. Thank you, works a charm.

    1. Great ๐Ÿ™‚

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