How to get off LinkedIn? (2022)

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If you think that Linkedin takes too much of your time or you decide you no longer need LinkedIn, you can get off of Linkedin.

Getting off LinkedIn can be done in one go or you can follow a step-by-step procedure to get off Linkedin.

In this guide, we will provide a step-by-step procedure to get off Linkedin. It includes the following steps

1. Turn off Linkedin email notifications

2. Make your Linkedin account private

3. Deactivate your Linkedin account temporarily

4. Delete Linkedin account

We will discuss each of these steps in detail below.

How to turn off Linkedin Email notifications?

You could see a continuous stream of emails from Linkedin in your mail account. This constant stream of email might affect your efficiency.

So, as a first step to get off Linkedin, you can turn off your email notifications.

Follow the below steps to turn off email notifications in the Linkedin app.

Open the “Linkedin” app on your mobile phone.

Login to your account using the username and password. ( exclude this if you are already logged in )

When the profile opens, click your profile picture on the to left side. 

Linkedin profile setting turn email notifications

Click on “Settings”. 

Linkedin profile settings

Click on “Communications”. 

Linkedin email notifications turnoff

Click on “Email”.

Linkedin email notifications off

You can see that you get email notifications from Linkedin for Conversations (Messages, posts, comments), Enterprise products, Jobs, Network, News, Profile, Safety and reporting . You need to click on each one of them and deactivate it.

Linkedin email notifications off for conversations enterprise products, jobs etc.

Click on “Conversations”.

You can select “All Conversations” to “Off” to completely switch off messages, posts and comments.  You can also turn it off one by one as well.

Linkedin conversations email notifications off

Go back to the previous page

Click on Enterprise products.

You can select “All enterprise products” to “Off” to completely switch off recruitment updates.  You can also turn it off one by one as well

Linkedin email notifications off for enterprise products

Repeat these steps for Jobs, Network, News, Profile, Safety and reporting to comletely turn off the messages.

If you are accessing LinkedIn through a laptop or desktop, you can follow the below procedure to turn off LinkedIn notifications.

Visit Linkedin

Login using your username and password. 

When the profile opens, you can see the “Me” option near Notifications on the top of the screen.

Linkedin desktop email notifications off

Click on the “Me” option, select the “Settings & Privacy” from that. 

Linkedin desktop settings and privacy

Select “Communications” from the side bar.

Linkedin desktop settings communications

Click on the “Email” .

Linkedin desktop settings email notification off

Click on “Conversations”.

Linkedin desktop settings email notification  convesation off

You can select “All Conversations” to “Off” to completely switch off messages, posts and comments.  You can also turn it off one by one as well.

Repeat these steps for Enterprise products, Jobs, Network, News, Profile, Safety and reporting to completely turn off the messages.

How to make the LinkedIn account private?

By browsing in private mode, it will become difficult for others to know that you have visited their profile. This is because only limited information or no information about you will be shared with the member whose profile you have viewed.

So, others won’t be able to know about your existence. It will reduce the inbound interest in your profile and in turn, makes it easy to get off the platform.

Follow the below steps to make your LinkedIn account private.

Open “Linkedin” app

Click on the profile photo on the top of the page when you open through your mobile phone.

Select “Settings” in the Linkedin App

Linkedin private

Select “Visibilty”. 

Linkedin private visibility mode

You can now control the information you want to share with others. Click on “Profile viewing options”

Linkedin private visibility mode for story public discovery

Click on Private Mode.

Linkedin private mode

Go back to previous page

You can now proceed with updating the visibility of your LinkedIn activity by turning of Story Viewing options, Edit your public profile etc..

If you are accessing LinkedIn through a laptop or desktop, you can follow the below procedure to make your Linkedin account private.

Visit Linkedin

Click on the “Me” option near notification on the top bar. 

Select “Settings & privacy”

Select “Visibilty”

You can now control the information you want to share with others. Click on “Profile viewing options”

Click on Private Mode

You can now proceed with updating the visibility of your LinkedIn activity by turning of Story Viewing options, profile Discovery options etc..

How to deactivate your LinkedIn account temporarily?

If you are tired of getting the notifications, messages, etc and you don’t want to completely close or delete your account, it is better to go for temporarily deactivating your account. 

When you deactivate your account, your profile image and name will be removed and replaced with a generic icon and “A LinkedIn member” respectively. Your profile will not be available for others to view.

All of your content, comments, articles, etc. will not be seen by other members. Only your messages and recommendations will remain attributed to “A LinkedIn member”.

Logging back into LinkedIn will take your account out of hibernation.

You could not temporarily deactivate your LinkedIn account through mobile phone, it can only be done through a computer system or laptop.

Here is how you could do that. 

Visit Linkedin

Login using your username and password. 

When the profile opens, you can see the “Me” option near Notifications on the top of the screen.  

Click the “Me” option, select the “Settings & Privacy” from that.

When the Settings & Privacy page opens, select “Account preferences” from the side bar.

Linkedin hibernation temporary deactivation

Select “Account Management” from that side bar.  

Click the “Change” option across the “Hibernate account” option. 

Linkedin temporary deactivation

Provide the reason for temporarily deactivating your account.

Linkedin break hibernation temporary deactivation

Enter your password to close this account

Fill it and click “ Done”. 

How to delete your LinkedIn account?

If none of the above options works out it is better to get off Linkedin permanently by deleting your account. 

Follow the below steps to delete your LinkedIn account permanently.

Open the “Linkedin” app through your mobile phone. 

Click on the profile photo on the sidebar (small icon on your left).

Select the “Settings” option from that. 

When the Settings opens, select “Account preferences”. 

Linkedin delete

Scroll down and select “Close account”.

Linkedin delete close account

Provide the reason for closing the account.

Linkedin delete close account reasons

Provide a descriptive reason for closing the account.

Linkedin delete close account description

Enter your password to close this account

Linkedin delete account password

Fill it and click “ Done”. 

If you are accessing LinkedIn through a laptop or desktop, follow the below steps to delete your LinkedIn account.

Visit LinkedIn. 

Login using your username and password. 

When the profile opens, you can see the “Me” option near Notifications on the top of the screen.  

Click the “Me” option, select the “Settings & Privacy” from that. 

Select “Account preferences” from the side bar. 

Select “Account Management” from that side bar.  

Click the “Change” option across the “Close account” option. 

Provide the reason for closing the account.

Provide a descriptive reason for closing the account.

Enter your password to close this account

Fill it and click “ Done”. 

Conclusion

Getting off Linkedin is easy. You can do it in one go or reduce your addiction step by step. Hope this article helps you in your journey to get off LinkedIn.