LinkedIn Settings

How to change LinkedIn settings

To adjust your settings on LinkedIn, go to www.linkedin.com in your web browser and log in.  Then, move your mouse cursor over your picture in the top-right corner, and select Privacy & Settings from the drop-down menu.

LinkedIn settings button

General LinkedIn settings

Your main settings window looks like this.

Change general LinkedIn settings

Here are some things that you can do here:

  • Click Change beside "Password" to change the password to your LinkedIn account.  See our How to Change Your LinkedIn Password tutorial for more details.

  • Click Change/Add beside "Primary Email" to add or remove email addresses associated with your LinkedIn account, or change which is the primary email address associated with your account.  When you add an email address to your LinkedIn account, you must log into that account and confirm that you want to add it to your LinkedIn account.  You can do this by opening the email that LinkedIn sends you and clicking on the link inside.

  • Click Add/Remove beside "Phone Numbers" to add or remove phone contact information to your LinkedIn account.

  • Click View Purchase History below "Payment" to see a list of things that you have bought on LinkedIn recently, such as job postings or account upgrades.

  • Click Upgrade to purchase a subscription to LinkedIn Premium and get additional features on your account.

Category-specific LinkedIn settings

Profile

These settings generally deal with what information of yours other people can or cannot see on LinkedIn.  To adjust these settings, click the Profile tab in the bottom window of your settings page.  Below the screenshot are explanations of the different settings that you can change here.

Change LinkedIn profile settings

  • Turn On/Off Your News Mention Broadcasts: This will let you decide whether or not LinkedIn posts an update to your LinkedIn page if your name appears in an online news article that LinkedIn finds.

  • Turn On/Off Your Activity Broadcasts: This will let you decide whether or not doing something on LinkedIn (such as editing your profile, making a recommendation, or applying for a job) causes LinkedIn to post an update on your LinkedIn page.

  • Select Who Can See Your Activity Feed:  This allows you to select who can see updates on your LinkedIn page about things that you do on LinkedIn.  You can choose between Everyone, Your Network (i.e. your "Connections" and their "Connections"), Your Connections, or Only You.

  • Select What Others See When You've Viewed Their Profile:  When you view someone else's profile on LinkedIn, they receive a notification.  You can decide whether they see your name, picture, and title; vague details about who you are and what you do; or no personal information about you at all.

  • Turn On/Off "How You Rank":  You can decide whether or not LinkedIn will compare your profile to those of your connections, based on how many profile views you get.

  • Select Who Can See Your Connections:  You can decide who can see the list of people whom you're connected to on LinkedIn.  You can choose between Your Connections and Only You.  (Note that people will still be able to see who has endorsed your skills.)

  • Choose Who Can Follow Your Updates: You can choose who is able to "follow" you and get updates on your activity on LinkedIn (see our LinkedIn Followers tutorial for more information).  You can choose between Everyone or Your Connections.  (If you choose Your Connections, you will automatically block anyone who is following you who isn't also a "connection".)

  • Change Your Profile Photo And Visibility: This lets you change your profile picture and who can see it.  See step 3 of the "How to Add Photos to LinkedIn" section of our How to Write a LinkedIn Profile and Add a Photo tutorial.

  • Show/Hide "Viewers of This Profile Also Viewed" Box: You can decide whether or not LinkedIn will show people who view your profile some LinkedIn profiles that other people who have looked at your profile have also seen.

  • Manage Who You're Blocking: You can view people whom you have forbidden from contacting you and viewing your information on LinkedIn.  You can also unblock them.

  • Manage Who Can Discover You By Your Phone Number: You can control who can find you on LinkedIn if your phone number shows up in their contact list when they import it.  You can choose between "All LinkedIn Members", "My Network" (i.e. your "Connections" and their "Connections") or "My Connections".

  • Manage Your Twitter Settings: This lets you connect your Twitter account (if you have one) to your LinkedIn account, and manage whether your LinkedIn updates show up on Twitter or vice-versa.

  • Manage Your WeChat Settings: This lets you connect your WeChat account (if you have one) to LinkedIn so people can find you on LinkedIn while they're on their mobile phones through a "QR code".

  • Edit Your Name, Location & Industry / Edit Your Profile / Edit Your Public Profile: The content that these edit is covered mostly by our How to Write a LinkedIn Profile and Add a Photo tutorial.

  • Manage Your Recommendations: See our LinkedIn Recommendations tutorial for how to recommend a connection on LinkedIn, or ask them to recommend you.

Communications

These settings deal with how often you get emails and other notifications from LinkedIn and its users, and what they are about.  Click the Communications tab in the bottom window of your settings page to adjust them.  Below the screenshot are explanations of the different settings that you can change here.

Change LinkedIn communication settings

Set the Frequency of Emails: This takes you to a screen where you can manage how often you get different types of emails from LinkedIn.  These include messages that your connections on LinkedIn send you, notifications related to your activity, what's going on in your groups, or just some general tips on how to use LinkedIn.

Set Push Notification Settings: This takes you to a screen where you can manage how often LinkedIn will send text messages to your mobile phone (if you have a phone number registered on LinkedIn).  These include messages from LinkedIn connections and notifications of other activities on LinkedIn that involve you.

Select the Types of Messages You're Willing to Receive: This allows you to select what kinds of messages and requests you can receive on LinkedIn, such as personal reference requests, introductions, and business deals.  You can also leave information to assist people with contacting you, such as what you're interested in or what details to include with their message.

Select Who Can Send You Invitations: This lets you choose who can send you invitations on LinkedIn (to connect, join a group, and so on).  You can select "Anyone on LinkedIn", "Anyone Who Knows My Email Address or Is in My Contacts List", or "Only People in My Contacts List".

Turn On/Off Invitations to Participate In Research:  LinkedIn may occasionally send you invitations to participate in market research, which is completely voluntary, and does not use or reveal any personal information.  You can opt in or out of these here.

Turn On/Off Partner InMail: LinkedIn may occasionally send you information or offers from their marketing or hiring partners; this does not collect or use any personal information.  You can opt in or out of these messages here.

Groups, Companies, and Applications

These settings deal with groups that you belong to, companies that you follow, and applications that you've sent out for jobs. Click the Groups, Companies, and Applications tab in the bottom window of your settings page to manage them.  Below the screenshot are explanations of the different settings that you can change here.

Change LinkedIn group settings

Select Your Group Display Order: Here, you can change the order in which the groups that you belong to appear on your profile or your Groups page.

View Your Groups:  Takes you to your Groups page.  See our LinkedIn Groups tutorial for more about finding, joining, creating, and closing groups on LinkedIn.

Set the Frequency of Group Digest Emails: You can choose how often you get emails from LinkedIn updating you on activities within your various groups.

Turn On/Off Group Invitations: You can decide whether or not people can invite you to join groups on LinkedIn.

Turn On/Off Notifications When Joining Groups: This allows you to decide whether or not LinkedIn should publish an update on your LinkedIn page whenever you join a group (provided such notifications are allowed by the group).

View Companies You're Following: View a list of companies that you are tracking the LinkedIn activity of.  See our LinkedIn Followers tutorial for instructions on how to follow companies.

View Your Applications: This allows you to view any applications you have sent out towards applying for jobs posted on LinkedIn.  See our How to Find a Job on LinkedIn tutorial to learn how to find and apply for a job on LinkedIn.

Turn On/Off Data Sharing With Third Party Applications: Here, you can decide whether or not you want to share your information on LinkedIn with outside applications that work in some way with LinkedIn.

Account

These settings generally affect how your entire LinkedIn account operates. To change them, click the Account tab in the bottom window of your settings page.  Below the screenshot are explanations of the different settings that you can change here.

Change LinkedIn account settings

Manage Advertising Preferences: Here, you can decide whether or not LinkedIn is allowed to access cookies and other tracking data on your computer to show you relevant advertisements and otherwise personalize your LinkedIn experience.

Show / Hide Profile Photos of Other Members: You can choose whose profile photos are visible to you on LinkedIn.  You can choose between Everyone, Your Network (i.e. your "Connections" and their "Connections"), Your Connections, or No One.

Manage Home Page Content You Are Hiding: Here, you can adjust settings for content on your LinkedIn page that you have hidden from certain users.

Select Your Language: Choose which language your LinkedIn profile displays in.

Manage Security Settings: This lets you enable or disable two-step verification on your LinkedIn account, which requires you to enter a password and a temporary verification code (sent to your mobile phone via text message) to sign into LinkedIn from a particular device for the first time.

Request an Archive of Your Data: This allows you to export certain information from your LinkedIn account in a portable format.  This information includes things that you can't access on LinkedIn by any other means, such as records of connection invitations, updates, searches, and log-ins.

Close Your Account: Click here to begin the process of deleting your LinkedIn account.  See our How to Delete Your LinkedIn Account tutorial for complete instructions.

 

That's an explanation of the many different settings that you can adjust on LinkedIn!

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