remove other tabs in new wordpress media gallery

The question:

I recently updated my WordPress site into the latest WordPress version, and i added a code to my functions.php that would add a capability to subscriber to upload using WordPress media upload. I successfully remove the media library tabs on the later version of WordPress but when I updated the version it seems like the code does not work anymore. Any ideas how to fix this?

This is the previous code which I googled before:

function remove_medialibrary_tab($tabs){
  if ( !current_user_can( 'administrator' ) || !current_user_can( 'editor' ) || !current_user_can( 'contibutor' ) || !current_user_can( 'author' ) ) {
    return $tabs;
  } else {
    return $tabs;

if ( !current_user_can('upload_files') ){
    add_action('init', 'allow_user_to_upload');

function allow_user_to_upload() {
    $subscriber = get_role('subscriber');

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

If you want to hide the Media Library submenu:

Media Library submenu

you can do it via the admin_menu action:

function wpse85351_hide_submenus() {
           global $submenu;
           unset($submenu['upload.php'][5]); // hide the Media Library
add_action('admin_menu', 'wpse85351_hide_submenus');

If you want to change/remove the Media strings:

Media strings

you can use the media_view_strings filter:

function wpse85351_media_strings($strings) {
    // only for subscribers:
        // remove "mediaLibraryTitle"
    return $strings;

You can use


instead of

!current_user_can( 'administrator' ) || !current_user_can( 'editor' ) || !current_user_can( 'contibutor' ) || !current_user_can( 'author' )

to restrict it only to “subscribers”.

Here is the array of all the Media View Strings that you can unset or change to your needs:

    [url] => URL
    [addMedia] => Add Media
    [search] => Search
    [select] => Select
    [cancel] => Cancel
    [selected] => %d selected
    [dragInfo] => Drag and drop to reorder images.
    [uploadFilesTitle] => Upload Files
    [uploadImagesTitle] => Upload Images
    [mediaLibraryTitle] => Media Library
    [insertMediaTitle] => Insert Media
    [createNewGallery] => Create a new gallery
    [returnToLibrary] => ← Return to library
    [allMediaItems] => All media items
    [noItemsFound] => No items found.
    [insertIntoPost] => Insert into post
    [uploadedToThisPost] => Uploaded to this post
    [warnDelete] => You are about to permanently delete this item.
  'Cancel' to stop, 'OK' to delete.
    [insertFromUrlTitle] => Insert from URL
    [setFeaturedImageTitle] => Set Featured Image
    [setFeaturedImage] => Set featured image
    [createGalleryTitle] => Create Gallery
    [editGalleryTitle] => Edit Gallery
    [cancelGalleryTitle] => ← Cancel Gallery
    [insertGallery] => Insert gallery
    [updateGallery] => Update gallery
    [addToGallery] => Add to gallery
    [addToGalleryTitle] => Add to Gallery
    [reverseOrder] => Reverse order

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