How to Reset Your LinkedIn Password

If business isn’t your life, you may only use LinkedIn occasionally. And if you do, it’s entirely possible that you may forget your password to your LinkedIn account. Don’t panic if that is the case; it’s fairly easy to reset it.

I forgot my LinkedIn password?  What do I do?

  1. Go to in your web browser.  Under the sign-in boxes, click Forgot Password?

    LinkedIn forgot password button

  2. LinkedIn will help you find your account so that you can get your password back.  Click in the box labelled “Email” and type in the email address that you used to sign up for your account. Then click Submit.

    Enter email to locate LinkedIn account

    LinkedIn will send you an email with a link inside that will let you reset your password.

  3. Go to your email client and log in. Find the email from LinkedIn Security titled “[Your Name], Here’s The Link to Reset Your Password” and open it.  Click either of the blue hyperlinks inside, or copy and paste the URL into your web browser.

    Email password reset form link

  4. You will be taken to a new form where you can reset your password. Click in the box labelled “New password” and type in a new password that you’d like to use for your account. Then, click in the box labelled “Retype new password” and type in a copy of the password that you just entered.

    If you suspect that someone else may be using your account, keep the check box here marked. This will automatically log out any active sessions on LinkedIn with your account when you reset your password. If not, you can safely click this box to unmark it.

    When you’re done, click Save.

    Password reset form

  5. If you’re successful in resetting your password, you will see the screen below.  Simply click Go to Homepage to get back to your account. You will also receive an email confirming that the password on your account was changed.

    Password changed successfully


Congratulations! You’ve reset your LinkedIn password, and can now get back into your account. Now, to keep from forgetting your password in the future, you may want to consider using a password manager! Don’t know what that is? This tutorial will teach you the ins and outs of them!

How to Change Your LinkedIn Password

For many people, LinkedIn is a portal for career opportunities and advice, as well as networking with people who are looking to hire or be hired… or at least people who know those people.  Therefore, in addition to keeping your conduct professional while using LinkedIn, it’s a good idea to keep your account secured with a strong password.  As rare as it might be, you don’t want someone breaking into your account and posting something that could embarrass you in front of potential employers, employees, or anyone in-between.

If you’re not sure if your LinkedIn password makes the cut, we have some tools and guidelines that you can use in our article “How Secure Is My Password”. If you decide that your password could use a promotion, here’s how to do it.

To change your LinkedIn password

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

  2. Click Me at the top of the page, and then click Settings & Privacy on the drop-down menu that appears.

    Change LinkedIn Settings menu

  3. On the main settings page, select Account from the top menu (though this should already be selected by default). Then, scroll down and click Change Password, the third option on the list of settings.

    LinkedIn Account settings menu

  4. Fill out the form that appears on the screen. Click in the box labelled “Type your current password” and type in the password that you previously used to secure your LinkedIn account. Then, click in the box labelled “Type your new password” and type in the password that you’d like to use to secure your account from now on. Then click in the box labelled “Retype your new password” and type in a copy of your new password. Finally, click Save.

    Form to change LinkedIn password


That’s all there is to changing your LinkedIn password!  Make sure to keep your new password in a safe place where only you can get to it! And if your issue isn’t that your password needs to be changed, but that you are locked out and can’t access your account, be sure to check out our next tutorial on how to reset your LinkedIn password.

How Does LinkedIn Make Money?

You may already know that creating and using a account is pretty much free to do. However, LinkedIn offers a Premium service, where users pay to gain additional features, but does this pay all the bills for LinkedIn? You may be wondering how LinkedIn makes money from a free service? We’ll explain below.

How LinkedIn makes money

LinkedIn makes the bulk of its money in two principal ways. One is advertising, with companies able to pay more to have “sponsored ads” show up more often on user’s feeds. The other is by selling subscriptions to professional business and development tools, which are collectively known as LinkedIn Premium.

Two of the most popular and profitable LinkedIn Premium packages collect and sell user information to businesses looking to recruit new employees, or sales professionals looking to find new clients for their products. These are known respectively as “Recruiter Lite” and “Sales Navigator.”

LinkedIn has also made money from investors helping to get the company off the ground, as well as investors who have bought shares in the company on the stock market.


That’s a quick note about how LinkedIn makes money! If you’re already signed up for LinkedIn Premium and you think you can get by with the free service, consider reading our article on how to cancel LinkedIn Premium, so you don’t miss a step and can get back to a free account as soon as possible.

How To Cancel LinkedIn Premium

If you’ve read our article on LinkedIn Premium, you know about all of the great features you can get with a subscription to a LinkedIn Premium account. But if you’ve signed up and then realized you don’t need all of the added features, or if you’ve already used it successfully to find a job, you may not need to pay for LinkedIn anymore, and simply want to leave your online resume up. If you need to learn how cancel LinkedIn Premium, you’ve come to the right place.

To cancel LinkedIn Premium:

  1. Visit in a web browser and sign in.
  2. Click Me on the top menu, and select Premium Subscriptions Settings from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Cancel Subscription under the “Account type” heading
  4. Click Continue to Cancel.
  5. Select a reason for cancelling your subscription, and then click Confirm Cancellation.

When you’re all finished, click Done to return to your LinkedIn homepage. You will continue to have LinkedIn Premium features until the end of your billing cycle. Check out our detailed set of instructions below (with images) so you can understand each step a little better.

Detailed Instructions for how to cancel LinkedIn Premium

1. Visit

Any web browser will do the trick, so use your favorite web browser and enter in the address bar. Then, make sure you sign into your account.

LinkedIn sign in form

2. Access your LinkedIn settings, and manage your account subscriptions.

Click Me on the main menu, and then click Premium Subscription Settings from the drop-down menu.

Premium subscription settings menu

3. Find your account type and cancel your subscription.

Locate your account type at the top-left of the settings options, and click Cancel Subscription.

Premium subscriptions menu

4. Confirm you want to cancel.

You will see a table showing you what features you get with your current subscription, compared to a free LinkedIn account. If you want to continue, click Continue to Cancel. You can also click Stay Premium if you have a change of heart.

Comparison of LinkedIn Free with LinkedIn Premium

5. Indicate a reason for why you are cancelling your subscription.

Choose a reason for why you want to cancel your Premium subscription by clicking one of the empty circles. Then click Confirm Cancellation.

Choose reason for cancelling Premium subscription

6. Confirm the cancellation of your Premium account.

When you’re all finished and ready to go back to LinkedIn Free, click Done.

Confirm cancellation of your Premium account

3 notes for cancelling your LinkedIn Premium account

  1. Remember that if you cancel a subscription to LinkedIn Premium, you still have the free account. You will need to delete your account if you want to take your profile off of LinkedIn for good.
  2. You will still have access to your LinkedIn account Premium features until the end of your billing period. So for example, if your billing period ends on the 17th of the month, and you cancel on the 10th, you will still have 7 days of LinkedIn Premium before your account reverts back to the free account.
  3. Once you find a job, it may often make sense to cancel your LinkedIn Premium subscription. Many of the features help you reach more people, and is less worth it if you aren’t actively pursuing a job.


And that’s how you cancel your subscription to LinkedIn Premium. If you want more information on what you’ll be missing once you cancel your account, check out our previous article on what LinkedIn Premium is. If you’re looking to get rid of your account for good, check out our step-by-step tutorial on how to delete your LinkedIn account.

What is LinkedIn Premium and How Much Does It Cost?

Want to get even more out of LinkedIn? Whether you’re looking to find more connections, get on the inside track to getting hired, boost your sales, or pick up top-quality talent for your company, there’s a service for you. These are referred to collectively as “LinkedIn Premium.”

So, what exactly is LinkedIn Premium?

LinkedIn Premium is a paid subscription to LinkedIn. It has four different services that you can choose from, including “Job Seeker” (helps apply for jobs), “Sales Navigator” (helps find people to sell services to), “Recruiter Lite” (helps hire), and “Business Plus” (helps grow your professional network).

How much does LinkedIn Premium cost?

The cost of LinkedIn Premium depends on which sub-service of LinkedIn Plus you choose to subscribe to. The “Job Seeker” package costs $31 per month, the “Sales Navigator” package costs $70 per month, the “Recruiter Lite” package costs $100 per month, and the “Business Plus” package costs $50 per month.

One thing to note, however, is that (with the exception of “Job Seeker”) these are monthly rates adjusted for annual subscriptions. If you pay by month, “Business Plus” costs $61 per month, “Sales Navigator” costs $90 per month, and “Recruiter Lite” costs $120 per month.

Also note that no matter which premium package you choose, if that is the first time that you’ve subscribed to LinkedIn Premium, you will not have to pay for the first month that you use it.

How to subscribe to LinkedIn Premium

  1. Go to in your web browser and log in.
  2. In the upper-right corner, click Me on the menu bar, and then click Try Premium for Free on the drop-down menu that appears.

    Try Premium for Free button

  3. Read over the general benefits of each of the different packages of LinkedIn Premium. Then, click Select Plan below the package that you wish to purchase.

    LinkedIn Premium plan options

  4. Once you select a LinkedIn Premium plan that you want, you can scroll down and see in more detail the specific benefits that you can get by subscribing to this package.  If you are sure that this is the plan that you want, click Start My Free Month.

    Start LinkedIn free trial

  5. From here, you may need to sign into you account again, so click Sign In on the next screen. Then, select your billing period length. Click either Monthly or Annual, and watch the changes be reflected in the boxes below.

    Confirm your billing cycle

  6. The other thing that you will need to do to finish your subscription to LinkedIn Premium is decide how you are going to pay for it. Lower down the screen, under “Select Your Payment Method,” click the left button to pay by credit card, or click the right button to pay by PayPal. (See our tutorial on how to pay with PayPal if you need some help).

    Use PayPal to pay for LinkedIn Premium

If you choose to pay by credit card, click in each of the boxes highlighted here and type in or select:

  • Your first name
  • Your last name
  • Your credit or debit card number
  • The month and year that your credit card expires
  • Your credit card’s security code
  • The country in which you live
  • Your mailing code

When you’re all finished, click Review Order. On the next page, confirm and submit your free trial request by clicking Start Your Free Trial, and you will immediately gain access to LinkedIn Premium for free, for one month. There is absolutely no commitment necessary, and you can cancel at any time.

Start Free Trial button

You will then be taken to a printable page with your receipt. Simply click I’m Done in the top-right corner to begin exploring LinkedIn Premium!

Explore LinkedIn Premium


And that’s the rundown on the LinkedIn Premium services, and how to subscribe to them. If you’re already subscribed to LinkedIn Premium and you want to end your subscription, be sure to check out our article on how to cancel a LinkedIn Premium subscription here.