How to Deactivate or Delete your LinkedIn Account: If you no longer use your LinkedIn account, it’s safer if you deactivate or delete it. In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about deleting or deactivating your LinkedIn account.
Deactivating Vs. Deleting Your LinkedIn Account
LinkedIn offers three options for limiting or canceling your account: a hibernation feature, the option to limit public visibility, and fully delete your account and data.
However, the hibernation feature is new and has only been rolled out to a limited number of users.
So, as not every LinkedIn user currently has this option we’ll focus instead on showing you how to deactivate or delete your LinkedIn account.
Currently, LinkedIn suggests limiting the public visibility of your account if you don’t want to delete it completely.
This prevents users who are not logged into the service from viewing your profile.
However, it leaves your profile intact and viewable to LinkedIn users.
Deleting your LinkedIn account, on the other hand, removes your profile from the website completely. It also deletes articles, comments, and posts.
How to Deactivate Your LinkedIn Account
LinkedIn does not have a widely rolled out option for deactivating or disabling your account.
Instead, all you can do is hide your account from search engine results.
This also hides your profile from users who are not logged into LinkedIn.
To limit your profile visibility, select the Me menu to the top-right of the LinkedIn homepage and click on Settings and Privacy.
This takes you to your privacy settingsdashboard. Select the header that says Edit your public profile.
To the side of the Public profile settings page, you will see the option to Edit Visibility.
Next to the heading Your profile’s public visibility, click on the slider to toggle it on or off.
This is, however, a little misleading. As LinkedIn notes, it may be several weeks before your profile stops showing up in search engine results.
You can also still log in to your LinkedIn account and use the site’s services—and your profile will still be visible to your existing connections.
NB: Another relevant setting you should change is your profile visibility on partner services.
This setting is in your LinkedIn privacy dashboard. Scroll down to Profile visibility off LinkedIn and toggle the setting to off.
Editing these settings is a far cry from properly disabling or deactivating your LinkedIn account, but it is currently the only option available for those who want to temporarily disable their LinkedIn account.
To limit your profile visibility from logged-in LinkedIn users, you need to edit specific fields of your profile (e.g. recommendations) and either hide or delete them.
Step 1: Select your profile picture from the top toolbar and click “Settings and Privacy” when the dropdown menu appears.
Step 2: In the privacy tab, select “Download your data”. You can choose to download “The works” (everything) or select specific data to backup. Click “Request Archive.” It can take 24 hours for the download to be sent to you.
How to Deactivate LinkedIn Premium
If you want to keep your LinkedIn account but simply want to downgrade to a basic LinkedIn account, follow these steps:
Step 1: Select your profile picture from the top toolbar
Step 2: Select “Premium Subscription Settings” from the dropdown menu.
Step 3: In the righthand toolbar, select “Cancel Subscription”. You may have to scroll down the page too view this section.
Step 4: Select “Continue to Cancel.”
Note: the “Continue to cancel” button will not be clickable until you select your reason for canceling.
Step 6: Select “Confirm cancel” one last time.
Why you Shouldn’t Delete Your LinkedIn Account
LinkedIn is a top-notch networking site for job seekers, but don’t be so quick to delete your LinkedIn account after you’ve landed a new job.