Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Permanently deleting your LinkedIn account, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
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- There may come a time when you realize that LinkedIn either isn't for you or you're just not getting what you want out of it. If that's the case or maybe you just don't have time to deal with it anymore, you may want to permanently remove your LinkedIn account. It's actually probably better not to have a LinkedIn account than to have one that's left stagnant for several years. So my recommendation is to simply remove it. If you do want to remove your account, it's actually pretty simple to do so. The first thing I would recommend you doing is going up here, going down to the Privacy & Settings section and clicking Manage. It may ask you to sign in. And again if it does, that's okay.
Then, what I would have you do is go down to Account, and I would actually have you go through the Request an archive of your data section first. Now we've taken a look at that already. And we know that takes up to 72 hours for that to populate. I would actually recommend that you wait for that to become available and then download an archive of all of your materials before you decide to close your account. If you'd like to go through with going ahead and closing your account however, you can do so by clicking Close your account. That's going to take you here, and they're gonna ask you for a reason. The reasons are: I have a duplicate account, I am getting too many emails, I am not getting any value from my membership, I am using a different professional networking service, or Other.
Let's say for instance that I have a duplicate account. I can just click that. Maybe I accidentally created two of them. And then all I have to do now is click Continue. What that's gonna do now is it's gonna ask me to verify it. It's gonna say, "Please verify that the account below "is the one you would like to close. "Kramer Johnson, 3 Connections, no recommendations." And then it gives my primary and secondary emails. And it also says at the bottom that I wanna Verify that account. It'll say down here in really small print, "If this is not the correct account, please sign out "and sign into that account that you would like to close." From here, I click Verify Account.
And one more time, it's going to say, (laughs) "We're sorry to see you go." Here are the consequences of closing your account. So once you close this LinkedIn account, you're no longer gonna have access to its profile connections, and LinkedIn messages. "This account's questions and answers will be removed "and will no longer appear on LinkedIn. "Recommendations given to others will also be removed. "All of the email addresses associated "with this closed account will be available "to create a new LinkedIn account "or for use with other LinkedIn accounts "within 24 hours of closing." So that means if you really wanna remove it, but then you think, "Eh, maybe I wanna bring it back." You can do so with the exact same email address within 24 hours.
"Although your LinkedIn account is immediately closed, "it may take longer for your public profile to be removed "from search engines." So theoretically, someone could search for you on Google, see a link to LinkedIn, and then be taken to a page that doesn't actually exist, which might be kind of bad. From here, you can choose to either Close your account, which will actually close it or you can Cancel. And in this case, I'm not really ready to get rid of this account, so I'm going to click Cancel. But clicking Close Account would actually close the account permanently. So let's click Cancel and return back. As I said, there may come a time when you wanna close your LinkedIn account, so I just wanted to show you where that option is.
That's by no (laughs) means an invitation just to go ahead and delete your LinkedIn account because as I said before, once you do, it's permanent.
- What makes a LinkedIn profile stand out?
- Adding work experience and education to your profile
- Finding and adding contacts
- Sending messages
- Sharing status updates and content from the web
- Asking for, and providing, recommendations
- Interacting with companies
- Finding a job on LinkedIn
- Starting and growing a group
- Managing your account