Let’s say you’re curious about the people at a potential employer, or at a competitor, and you want to know more about them.
Well, one of the first places you would head to satisfy your curiosity would be LinkedIn, wouldn’t it?
Ah, but what if you don’t want people to know you’re checking them out — you want to view LinkedIn profiles anonymously?
How to View LinkedIn Profiles Anonymously
If that’s the case, here’s what you do:
- Find “Me” in the navigation bar on your profile and click it.
- Then click “Settings & Privacy.”
- Pick “Privacy.”
- Then click “Profile viewing options.”
- Finally, click your preferred level of anonymity.
Then research away to your heart’s content — or at least to the extent LinkedIn will allow based on your free or premium membership status.
When you’re done, click back into “Settings & Privacy” and select your normal privacy level.
Now, if you have more questions about using LinkedIn anonymously, check out the following mini-FAQ for answers:
Can I Find Out Who Viewed My Profile Anonymously?
No. It’s a secret. LinkedIn protects the privacy of anonymous viewers.
It also doesn’t let them see who viewed their profiles. Fair is fair after all.
Can Premium LinkedIn Members See Anonymous Viewers?
No. Anonymous means just that. LinkedIn doesn’t give paying members preference or access to information about viewings you want to keep private.
In fact, LinkedIn doesn’t even tell us anymore that our profiles had anonymous viewers. Thus, you can stalk your ex to your heart’s content.
How Can I Block Anonymous Viewers on LinkedIn?
You can’t. You can block specific people, which will prevent them from viewing your profile in any mode. Although, they can set up and use a fake account. But you can’t do a blanket block of all anonymous viewers.
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Updated April 2019
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