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On Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, it is very easy to “unfriend” someone. For some reason it is very difficult to figure out how to delete connections on LinkedIn.

If you think about it, LinkedIn was originally intended to be a social network for professionals who only connected with people they know and trust. But, similar to other social media, users today are more open and might connect with someone on LinkedIn that they might not know too well. This is similar to how they might follow someone who seems interesting on Twitter or Instagram without personally knowing them.

Sometimes, for whatever reason, we might want to delete a LinkedIn connection that doesn’t make sense anymore. After all, if you think of connecting to someone as their joining your virtual world, if the relationship does not work out because you feel you are being spammed with sales pitches or for any other reason, you do have the option of removing them as a LinkedIn connection. Connecting with someone on LinkedIn is not a marriage by any means! Hopefully this gives those who want to build out a larger network or even those who want to start slowly connecting to people that you virtually meet on LinkedIn some sense of security in doing so.

How to Modify LinkedIn Privacy Settings to Stop Displaying Profile Visits

Before we proceed here, especially because the first method involves potentially visiting a LinkedIn profile, let’s make sure that first we understand how to discreetly delete a connection without the other person knowing through modifying our Privacy Settings.

Although the search function is very useful for utilizing LinkedIn, you do not always want to crop up in people’s profile views when you leap over to the search bar. To make sure that your professional life remains private, and connection details are not shared, you can set your privacy to one of two options: entirely private, or simply “someone at [your school or place of work]”. While there may not be a second glance given for someone who has 1000s of connections, it can still be awkward or uncomfortable to purge people from your connection list. To make sure that the connection in question does not know that you are visiting their profile, use one of these two options to limit profile visibility. 

If you don’t know how to get the Profile Viewing settings pictured above, simply click here to be forward there!

The 2 Ways How to Delete Connections on LinkedIn

1. Delete Connections When Visiting Their Profile

This is by far the easiest way to delete connections on LinkedIn. After all, there is probably an incident that makes you want to remove a LinkedIn connection, so inevitably you will probably end up visiting that person’s profile to make sure you want to remove them. If you are concerned that they might find out that you visited their profile, make sure you visit their profile with your privacy settings showing you as an anonymous visitor.

Once you have landed on their profile, press the right arrow for a drop-down menu where you see a “Send a message” prompt, and you should see the “Remove connection” option at the very bottom as pictured below:

How to remove a LinkedIn connection from their profile

2. Delete Connections From My Network Connections view

How to delete connections on LinkedIn if you already have a list of people you want to remove as a LinkedIn connection or you want to scroll through your LinkedIn connections and decide who to remove? This option is for you!

If you navigate to the My Network tab, you will see how many connections you have on the top left corner. Pressing on that number will land you on the Connections view that appears below:

Remove a LinkedIn connection from My Network Connections view

You have the ability here to search for connections by either first name, last name, or the default recently added.

For every connection, you will see a Message button to the right followed by three dots. Pressing the three dots will provide you with a drop menu with the magical Remove Connection button.

Removing a LinkedIn connection through either of the above two methods will yield the same result.

The beauty of understanding how to delete connections on LinkedIn is that:

  1. Your contact will not be informed that you removed them from your connections.
  2. Should your disconnected connection wish to invite you to connect again, even after you remove them as a connection, they will get an error message saying something to the effect that “This user cannot be invited at this time”. If they contact you directly about this, be prepared to explain (I have been in the same situation in the past, so you will have to explain in your own words).
  3. You can re-invite the person you disconnected from, in which case the connection will be fully restored as if you never removed them.

How to Cancel Pending LinkedIn Invitations to Connect

While this is not the same as deleting your LinkedIn connections, you might have a need to cancel pending LinkedIn invites. Why? For the same reason that you might find yourself deleting LinkedIn connections – having too many of them – you might find the same situation with invitations. This is because LinkedIn has restrictions on the number of invitations you can send, so if you intend to send a bunch of new invitations after deleting some LinkedIn connections, you might want to cancel some pending invites that you have to avoid any potential restrictions.

Are you looking to meet your network size requirements and in need of some cancellation requests? First, click on the “My Network” tab to locate your contacts list. To find any pending connection requests for your professional network, navigate to the “manage connections” tab of your connections list. The connection requests tab is not immediately toggled to when you visit the connection manager; instead, you’ll find yourself on the “received” portion of your list of connections. Click over to “sent”, to the right of the landing page. This can be done manually for each request you want to cancel, as there is not currently a built-in option for canceling a multitude of requests. If you want to cancel quite a few pending connection requests from your list of connections, there are some third-party plug-ins that have been developed to do so. 

Once you cancel out all of your pending invitations it should look something like this:

How to Cancel Pending LinkedIn Invitations to Connect

Moving Forward

Now that you know how to delete connections on LinkedIn and even cancel pending LinkedIn requests, you should have the confidence that should you, for whatever reason, want to delete one of your LinkedIn connections, the option is there–and it is easy to do! 

If you’re still not clear despite my instructions, please check out this informative video below:

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How To Delete Connections On LinkedIn FAQs

How do I remove a connection on LinkedIn without them knowing?

LinkedIn does not notify a user whenever you remove him/her from your connection. There are 2 ways of deleting connections on LinkedIn. First is by visiting the user’s profile then press the arrow that says “Send a message”. On the drop-down, you’ll see the “Remove connection” option. The other way is by removing the user from your list of connections. Simply go to “My Network”, click the three dots next to the user’s name and hit remove connection.

How do you delete connections on LinkedIn app?

You can remove a connection from your mobile browser or your LinkedIn app in iOS or Android. To do this, visit the profile of the LinkedIn user you want to delete your connection with, then tap the Menu icon located in the top right of the app. From the icon, you will see the Remove connection option.

Can you bulk delete LinkedIn connections?

There is currently no option to bulk delete connections on LinkedIn. However, there are applications and tools online that offer this feature. LinkedIn takes spamming seriously and they don’t want any automation on their platform. If you are going to use any automation tools, be careful in doing so as it may raise a red flag on LinkedIn’s end. It is still best to do everything manually.

Are LinkedIn connections notified when removed?

No. Just like most social media platform does, LinkedIn connections do not notify the other user when the connection is removed. Any recommendations or endorsements between both of you will be withdrawn too once the connection is deleted. Furthermore, they won’t be restores in case you attempt to reconnect with him/her again.

Can you tell if someone removes you from LinkedIn?

No, you won’t be able to tell if someone removes you from LinkedIn unless you visit the user’s profile and see that both of you are not connected anymore. Or you will go through your list of connections and see that the user isn’t there anymore. LinkedIn won’t notify you if someone from you connections deletes you from their network/list.

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