Request a fast or full archive of your data and examine how to close your account one you have the archive.
- [Narrator] No, don't do it! Just kidding, in all seriousness, there might be a time when you want to permanently delete your LinkedIn account. Perhaps you want to take a hiatus from social media, or delete your account entirely, and rebuild a new one later. In this video, we'll take a quick look at how to do that. Before we do this, however, let me show you how you can archive your data, which is something you might want to do periodically as a record or backup, even if you keep your account open. In order to do this, I'm going to go back up to the profile icon, and click again on Settings & Privacy.
Now from here, on the Accounts tab, I'll scroll down, and notice that there is a tab for Getting an archive of your data. If I click here, it lets you know that your LinkedIn data belongs to you, and you can download and archive it at any time. So you have two different choices. The Fast file, which includes your connections, contacts, recommendations, messages, and some of your profile information, and that takes about 10 minutes to receive. Or you can choose the Fast file plus other data, in which you will receive all of the information about your account, all of the details.
And this takes a little bit longer, it will take you about 24 hours to receive your data, but once you have this, and right now I'm going to go Fast file only, and then Request archive. For security, it makes you put in your password, which is a good thing. Now, let's take a look at how to delete your account. So I'm going to close this, and if I scroll down a little bit further, there is a tab here for Closing your LinkedIn account. I'm going to click on this, and for my account, it's actually going to say, "We can't close your account yet." But that's because I have a premium subscription, so it's telling me that I'll first need to convert it back to a basic membership, because right now I have payment options set up, and other things.
So it's telling me that in order to do this, I'm going to need to convert to a basic membership and then I'll be able to delete it. So in order to show you this a little bit better, I'm going to switch over to the account I created for Tracy Westbay, because remember, she had a free LinkedIn account. I'll go to her Settings & Privacy, under the Account tab, I'm going to scroll down to Closing your LinkedIn account. And down here is says, "Tracy, we're sorry to see you go. "Tell us why you're closing your account." And you can put the reasoning in here, enter in feedback, click Next, and it will walk you right through the steps to close it.
Once you close your account entirely, you'll receive a confirmation email, and it will let you know that LinkedIn's going to be disposing of your data. Again, this is why I recommend that you first request your data, in case you ever decide to set your account back up again. I do advise that you're careful when closing your account. Make sure that it's a decision that you want to make, because once you do it, your account's gone, and you'll need to start your profile from scratch if you decide to have a LinkedIn account again.
- Creating an effective LinkedIn profile
- Configuring a public profile and profile URL
- Finding and adding connections
- Exploring messages
- Navigating LinkedIn Groups
- Following companies and influencers
- Exploring the feed
- Publishing articles
- Configuring privacy settings
- Exploring account types
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 02/16/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover exploring company insights and improving your search on LinkedIn.