LinkedIn is a valuable tool for finding a new job and networking with other professionals. It is a professional-grade social networking platform to share your ideas, articles and connect with like-minded people working in the same or different industry.
Sometimes using LinkedIn can be tiring. You may not consider taking a break from the site as much as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, but temporarily deactivating your account is also an option if you wish.
In this article, you’ll learn how to deactivate your profile on the desktop version of LinkedIn. You will also find out if you can temporarily deactivate your account from your smartphone and delete your account permanently.
How to Disable LinkedIn on Your Desktop
If you’re ready to cut LinkedIn out of your life for a while, temporarily deactivating your LinkedIn account on your desktop is pretty simple. To do this you need to follow the steps below.
Stage 1: Go to LinkedIn.com and sign in to your account.
Step 2: Click on your profile picture in the upper right corner of your screen. The tab is called “I”.
Stage 3: Go to Settings & Privacy.
Step 4: On the next page, click on Account preferences at the top left.
Step 5: Go to account management or click.
Step 6: Select the hibernate account.
Step 7: If you want, you can tell LinkedIn why you want to disable it. You can add a comment or tick a box, or both.
Step 8: On the next page, enter your password and click Hibernate.
Once you complete these steps, LinkedIn will deactivate your account. You will need to wait 24 hours before you are allowed to reactivate. When you disable your profile, people cannot see your account; it will instead appear as “A LinkedIn Member”.
If you have a paid membership, LinkedIn cancels it when you deactivate your account. The only exception is if you purchased it through a third party such as the App Store; If you want to stop payments from going out you will have to cancel there.
Disable LinkedIn on mobile
LinkedIn shows at first glance that you can deactivate or permanently delete your account from your mobile phone. But if you follow the same steps listed above, it won’t help you at all.
If you open the LinkedIn app and go to your settings, you will find the option to hibernate your account.
But when you click on this feature, you will get a message on your desktop saying that you need to delete your account. If you try to access this feature from your smartphone’s web browser, you will see the same message.
Can You Permanently Delete LinkedIn?
If you’ve decided to say goodbye to LinkedIn forever, you can permanently delete your account instead. To do this you need to follow the steps below.
Stage 1: Open your web browser and go to the LinkedIn website.
Step 2: Go to your profile picture in the upper right corner of your screen.
Stage 3: Go to the Settings & Privacy tab, as you would when you hibernate your account.
Step 4: Click Account management on the left side of your screen.
Step 5: Tap Close account instead of selecting Hibernate Account.
Step 6: On the next page, you will receive a message from LinkedIn asking if you want to permanently delete your account. Scroll through this and enter your reasons for leaving.
Step 7: Click Next.
Step 8: Complete the remaining steps you need to close your account.
You should choose to close your account only if you are sure that you do not want to return or if you want to create a new profile. Once you permanently delete your LinkedIn profile, you cannot recover anything.
If you have suggestions on your profile and you have chosen to create a new account, they will not be transferred. Instead, you should ask the person who wrote you this recommendation to add one more to your new profile.
Similarly, if you have a Premium membership, you will lose your progress on any LinkedIn courses you are currently doing.
If You Feel The Need To Take A Break From LinkedIn
If you’re experiencing burnout, taking time off, or just want to spend some time off LinkedIn, temporarily deactivating your account is a great way to gather your thoughts.
You can’t hibernate your profile from your smartphone, but it’s easy to do on your computer.
If you want to return to LinkedIn, all you have to do is log in with your email address and password. But if you choose to leave forever, closing your account is also easy.