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29th August 2023 · The Clay Team

Do This Before You Delete LinkedIn – And How to Delete LinkedIn

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Thinking about deleting your LinkedIn account? You should consider the tradeoffs of deleting your account, including losing your connections and recommendations.

There are a number of reasons you might want to delete LinkedIn – perhaps you’re frustrated with how the platform has turned into just another social network. Or, perhaps you find that LinkedIn hasn’t really helped you develop deeper relationships. We certainly understand the desire to delete LinkedIn, in fact we’re building an alternative to LinkedIn, Clay! However, deleting your LinkedIn account certainly has consequences. Before you make a final decision, there are a few key things to consider. This article will run you through key considerations and then help you delete LinkedIn if you would still like to.

1. You won't be able to access your connections, messages, and more.

When you delete your account, your connections, messages, and recommendations will be permanently deleted. You will also lose access to any job postings or groups you were a part of. This is significant, as it may have taken you years to build up your connections and your recommendations. Further, you’ll no longer be able to access your messages, which may hold important conversations or information.

LinkedIn has a grace period of 14 days in which you can reopen your account and recover your connections, but you'll be unable to recover most of your other data. After 14 days you will not be able to recover your connections any longer.

Many users choose to temporarily deactivate their LinkedIn as an alternative to deleting it. Temporarily deactivating your LinkedIn allows you to experiment living without it. You can learn more about temporarily deactivating your LinkedIn in this article.

Hibernating your account is a great idea if you aren't ready to fully close it yet!

2. You’ll be less visible to colleagues, recruiters, and other professionals

LinkedIn is the most popular networking site in the world, so removing yourself from Linkedin lessens your visibility to others for professional opportunities. Of course, this may be part of your intention in deleting your account, but it’s still important to acknowledge that many companies and recruiters use LinkedIn as a way to prospect for new business and identify candidates. Once you delete your account, you’ll no longer show up for them on LinkedIn, which may limit future opportunities for you.

In addition, many hiring managers and professionals check someone’s LinkedIn profile before meeting them in order to gain insights and learn more about them. LinkedIn can serve as a source of important information that signals your competency or experience before someone has a chance to interact with you. Once you delete your LinkedIn profile, people will no longer be able to learn about your work and educational background from your profile. This may cause them to be slightly hesitant toward you in meetings or emails until they get to know you better.

Recruiters won't be able to easily find you or consider you for roles.

3. You may have a hard time getting in touch with or messaging some people

Although LinkedIn InMails are often a source of pesky recruiter emails and advertising, they can also be a critical way to get in touch with someone for whom you don’t have an email or phone number. And this isn’t just the case with acquaintances – there are likely people you are close to from a past job who you don’t have an email for! You had their work email in your old work email system, but you didn’t save it when you left, for example. LinkedIn may be the only way for you to get in touch with them! Before you delete LinkedIn, confirm you have alternate contact information for people you want to contact or stay in touch with. This may include Facebook, email address, phone number, and more.

4. Your connections will likely wonder where you’ve gone

It may be important to notify your important connections before deleting your LinkedIn account, especially those you don’t interact with routinely anyway. Since having a LinkedIn is often viewed as a default, your connections likely are not expecting you to disappear from the platform. You can send a message to certain connections explaining why you are leaving and how they can stay in touch with you outside of LinkedIn (over email, Facebook, text, etc). This can help maintain those relationships and prevent any misunderstandings or hurt feelings.

If you decide to delete your account, remember to download your data!

If you’ve read this far and you’ve decided to permanently delete your account, congratulations! Perhaps you deactivated your account for a bit and realized you didn't miss LinkedIn, or perhaps you are just ready to jump fully in. Either way, you’re about to make an informed and thoughtful decision. Before you permanently delete your LinkedIn account, it’s important to download any data you may want to keep. This includes your connections, messages, and any other information you have shared on the platform. LinkedIn allows you to download your data in a few simple steps, which can be found in the settings section of your account.

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of the homepage
  2. Click Settings & Privacy in the dropdown menu
  3. Choose Data Privacy on the Left
  4. Select Get a copy of your data
  5. Select the specific type of data you’d like and click Request archive

Once you have downloaded your data, you can delete your account with peace of mind knowing that you have a copy of any important information.

Downloading your data before you delete LinkedIn is a crucial step.

Easily backup your LinkedIn connections with Clay

At Clay, we also offer an easy way to backup your connections into beautiful profiles with a single click – we’ll even keep them updated over time with fresh LinkedIn data, even though you no longer have a LinkedIn account after permanently deleting your LinkedIn! We've built powerful tools to help you deepen your relationships and move beyond simply "connecting".

Clay copies your LinkedIn information and uses it to create beautiful profiles for your contacts.

How to delete your LinkedIn account

Step by step on how to delete your account:

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of the homepage
  2. Click Settings & Privacy in the dropdown menu
  3. Under Account Management, select Change next to Close account
  4. Enter your reasoning for closing your account
  5. Enter your password and select Close account

You’ve now deleted LinkedIn, and you’re ready to move into your next era of deepening relationships! If you have any issues deleting your LinkedIn account, you can contact their support here.

What Happens after You Delete Your Linkedin Account?

Once you have deleted your Linkedin account, your profile will no longer be visible to anyone on the platform. You'll also lose access to your recommendations and endorsements. It is important to remember that once your account is permanently deleted, you will not be able to retrieve any of the data you had stored on the platform. You can learn more about what happens after you delete your LinkedIn account here. It is also important to be aware that deleting your account does not delete any of the content you have shared on other websites. This means that any content you have shared on other sites, such as blogs, will still be visible and searchable online.

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