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How to delete or temporarily disable the LinkedIn account

LinkedIn is a social network that, unlike many others, focuses not on creating and encouraging entertaining content, but on networking for professionals. That’s its main difference from any other kind of social media, as most of them are built around creating viral content.

Of course, that’s a powerful networking instrument for professionals, but once you have signed up, you may decide you don’t longer need your LinkedIn account. In this case, you may want to delete or at least disable your account, and here’s how.

How to close a LinkedIn account

Here’s what you should do to delete your LinkedIn account:

  • Go to the LinkedIn website and sign in.
  • Click on Me at the top of the screen at the top right-corner of the screen.
  • In the drop-down menu click on Settings&Privacy.
  • Then, you will see your Settings window and you need to click Account preferences tab from the left menu and choose Account management there.
  • In this section, click on Change next to Close account.
  • Confirm your wish to delete account and provide the reason why you want to do so.
  • You can also share your opinion about the service and why you decided to close your account.
  • After you finished, just click Next.
  • Re-enter your password to close your account.

How long does it take for the LinkedIn to close your account?

Generally, it takes up to 7 days for LinkedIn to delete all information about you from LinkedIn servers. Once you deleted your account, all your contacts and other info would be erased.

In case you would decide to re-connect to LinkedIn, you will need to start from scratch, including gaining followers and mastering account for your preferences.

So, this is action that should be taken only in case it’s really needeed. In case you just don’t need LinkedIn, I advice you not to delete an account, but just don’t use it. Since LinkedIn is professionals-connecting network, contacts you have there may be quite important for your future, so it’s quite unreasonable to just get rid of them all, isn’t it?

This story wawritten by Vladislav Sheridan and was reviewed by Jane Weisenthal, a Senior Tech Editor at Splaitor, according to Splaitor’s Quality and Fact-Checking Policy.

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