How Do I Unlink in LinkedIn?
On LinkedIn, a linked contact -- a contact who has accepted your invitation to join your network or a contact whose invitation you have accepted -- is identified as a first-degree connection. Similar to other social networking websites, LinkedIn has removal processes in place to remove a connection from your contact list. Removing a connection disconnects -- or unlinks -- him from your network. You can remove a single connection from his Profile page or remove multiple connections simultaneously from the Connections page.
Unlink a Single Connection
Sign in to your LinkedIn account and click the "Connections" tab, which lists your contacts.
Scroll to the contact -- who is a first-degree connection -- you want to remove. You can confirm that a contact is a first-degree connection by the "1st" icon that appears next to his name. If you have a large number of contacts, use the Search box to find the person. Click the contact's picture to go to his Profile page.
Hover your cursor over the arrow next to the "Send a Message" button and then select "Remove Connection" from the drop-down menu. If the Remove Connection option doesn't appear on the menu, go back to the Connections page and refresh your list of connections. Click the "Connections" tab, select the "Settings" icon resembling a gear, and then click "Refresh" under Email, Contacts and Calendars.
Read the list of consequences of removing the person from your network in the pop-up confirmation window, such as losing all shared content and updates from the person. Click the "Remove" button on the pop-up window to remove the person.
Unlink Multiple Connections
Sign in to your LinkedIn account, hover your cursor over the "Connection" tab and then click "Keep in Touch" to open the Connections page.
Click the "Filter By" drop-down menu and then select "Connections Only." The results display your list of first-degree connections.
Select the check box next to each person you want to remove. Click "More" at the top of the first person on the list and then click "Remove From Contacts."
Click the "Remove" button on the pop-up window to confirm that you want to remove the connections from your network.
Tips & Warnings
- You can also remove a single connection from the Connections page instead of his Profile page. Open the Connections page, find the person you want to remove and hover your cursor over his name. Click "More," select "Remove Connection" and then click the "Remove" button.
- A connection is not notified by LinkedIn when you remove him from your network. Instead of a notification, the removal process deletes your information from his list of contacts.
- If you remove a connection from your network, the removed person cannot restore the connection.
- Any shared endorsements and recommendations between you and a removed connection are permanently lost after the removal process completes.
- You can remove a connection only from the LinkedIn website on your browser. You cannot perform the process on the mobile version of LinkedIn.
References & Resources
- LinkedIn Help Center: Removing a Connection
- LinkedIn Help Center: Notifying a Connection of Removal
- LinkedIn Help Center: Connections -- Overview
- LinkedIn Help Center: Your Network and Degrees of Connection
- LinkedIn Help Center: Difference Between a Contact and a Connection
- LinkedIn Help Center: Reconnecting With a Member