How to Delete Your LinkedIn Account

Are you thinking that it's time for you to opt out of LinkedIn?  Maybe you're not getting enough value out of it, or maybe you want to try one of the alternative services that we listed in our LinkedIn Alternatives article.  Reasons aside, this tutorial will show you how to delete your LinkedIn account if you no longer need it.

To delete your LinkedIn account:

  1. Log into

  2. Move your mouse cursor over your profile picture and click Privacy & Settings.

  3. Click Account, and then click Close Your Account.

  4. Select a reason for closing your account and click Continue.

  5. Click Verify Account if you're closing the right account.

  6. Click Close Account.

That's the quick and dirty version.  If you need a detailed explanation with screenshots to show you where everything is, then read on.

Detailed instructions on how to delete your LinkedIn account

  1. Go to in your web browser and log in.

  2. Move your mouse cursor over your profile picture in the top-right corner, and select Privacy & Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.

    LinkedIn settings button

  3. In the bottom window, click Account, and then click Close Your Account.

    Cancel LinkedIn account button

  4. On the next screen, LinkedIn will ask you why you want to cancel your LinkedIn account.  Click a button beside the reason that most applies to you (if you select "Other", click in the text box that appears and write a few details), and then click Continue.

    Reason to remove LinkedIn account

  5. LinkedIn will show you details about your account to make sure that it is the one that you wish to remove from LinkedIn.  If it is, click Verify Account.  If it isn't, click Sign Out and start again at step 1.

    Verify LinkedIn account to delete

  6. LinkedIn will display a page telling you what happens when you delete your account.  If you are sure that you still want to delete your LinkedIn account, click Close Account.

    Confirm delete LinkedIn account

Notes on deleting your LinkedIn account

  • You will no longer be able to access your LinkedIn account's profile, connections, or messages.  (You can still find people on LinkedIn who were previously your connections, though.)  In addition, your profile will no longer be visible on LinkedIn.

  • All recommendations and skill endorsements that you have received from your connections will be lost, and all of your connections will lose any recommendations that you have given them as well.  Also, any questions or answers that you have posted on LinkedIn's discussion boards will be removed.

  • If your LinkedIn profile was visible on search engines (such as Google Search, Yahoo Search, or Bing), it may take some time for your LinkedIn information to disappear from them, based on how they collect and update their search results.

  • After your LinkedIn account has been closed for 24 hours (or sometimes less), any email addresses associated with it will be freed up to use for other new or existing accounts.

There you go!  Your LinkedIn account will be deleted within 24 hours.  After that time, you can create a new account with the same information, should you ever want to go back to LinkedIn. also offers lessons on how to use many other popular websites and Internet apps. Be sure to check out our over 60 free courses!

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