How to Delete or Close Your LinkedIn Account
Unlike other social media platforms, LinkedIn is designed specifically for professionals. LinkedIn is not a place to share well selected photos of your beautiful life or to waste time on endless memes; rather, it is a place for serious people to connect and advance their careers.
But LinkedIn isn’t right for everyone, and you might sign up for it just to discover you don’t like it after all. In that situation, it’s important to know how to permanently close your LinkedIn account.
Learn how to permanently close, or “hibernate,” your LinkedIn profile.
How to delete your LinkedIn account
To delete your LinkedIn account, follow these steps:
- Go to LinkedIn’s homepage and sign in to your account.
- Click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the page and select “Settings & Privacy” from the dropdown menu.
- In the left-hand menu, click on the “Account” tab.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Close your account” link.
- On the next page, click on the “Continue to account closure” button.
- Follow the prompts to confirm that you want to close your account.
Note: Once you delete your account, you will no longer be able to access it or retrieve any of the information or content you have added to LinkedIn. Before deleting your account, you may want to consider downloading a copy of your data from LinkedIn, which you can do by following the instructions on this page: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/50191/downloading-your-data-from-linkedin?lang=en
Please also note that it may take a few days for LinkedIn to process your request to delete your account. During this time, your account will be deactivated and will not be visible to other users. Once your account has been deleted, it cannot be restored.
What happens after you delete your LinkedIn account
When you delete your LinkedIn account, your profile, connections, and all associated data will be permanently removed from the platform. Your name, profile picture, and any content you shared, such as messages and posts, will no longer be visible to others on LinkedIn.
Keep in mind that once your account is deleted, you will not be able to recover any of the data or connections associated with your account, so it’s a good idea to save any information that you want to keep before deleting your account.
If you change your mind and want to reactivate your account, you may be able to do so within a certain time frame after deleting it, depending on LinkedIn’s policies. However, once the reactivation period has passed, your account will be permanently deleted and you will need to create a new account to use the platform again.