How to Unfriend on LinkedIn

How to Unfriend Someone on LinkedIn

How do you unfriend someone on LinkedIn?

But first — when should you unfriend someone on LinkedIn?

Answer: Almost never. I have only had cause to remove a few people since I joined LinkedIn several years ago.

LinkedIn is a form of social media, so it’s usually good to stay social.

And think about it, you’ve worked hard to build your network. Don’t shrink it by anyone and their first and second-level connections unless their behavior harms you or drives you nuts. 

Who to Unfriend & Why

By way of example, one person I removed was a US national who kept sending me messages about finding him jobs in the Middle East. Over and over. I don’t recruit for any clients in the Middle East, and I don’t recruit in his field or industry. I told him this. The messages continued.

I wrote a snarky blog post about someone who behaved just like him. However, I started feeling bad about having written a snarky post and took it down. I disconnected from him. He stopped sending me messages.

Another was a person who was scraping my content and reposting it online. I asked him to stop scraping. He didn’t. I removed my LinkedIn connection to him.

So, it’s a judgment call. Just know that you give up the person’s first and second-level networks when you delete a LinkedIn connection.

How to Unfriend on LinkedIn

  1. Go to the person’s profile.
  2. Click the three dots to the right of their photo.
  3. Then, click “Remove Connection.”

Blocking on Linked — A New Category as of 2017!

I wrote the first version of this post in 2014. Now it’s 2019. I go beyond disconnecting and block people who market to me via LinkedIn messages and InMail.

Here’s how:

  1. Click the three dots in the top right corner of their message.
  2. Next, click, “It’s spam or a scam.”
  3. Then click, “It’s promotional or spam.”
  4. Finally, click, “Block.”

If LinkedIn gets enough of these reports about someone, they’ll shut the account down.

You can also use the “How to Unfriend on LinkedIn” procedure above and click, “Report/Block.”

One More Option — How To Hide Someone on LinkedIn

I also hide people from my feed if I don’t find their posts useful.

They don’t know I’ve hidden them. I keep my stream interesting to me.

We both benefit from being able to contact each other through LinkedIn and from sharing our networks.

If you want to remain in mutual contact, it’s often a better option than disconnecting.

Let’s Connect on LinkedIn

Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here: Donna Svei, Executive Resume Writer.

The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.

Image: Fotolia/halfbottle
Updated November 2019

© 2014 – 2019, Donna Svei. All rights reserved.

Comments 5

  1. The only time I disconnect from someone is when I figure out that there sole purpose for connecting with me was to blast irrelevant marketing InMail messages to me everyday. These people typically have 0 or 1 connection, invite you to connect in sets of threes (like three people all with the first name starting with the same letter). Besides that, I almost never disconnect with people.

    Hi Kathy,

    Thank you for this. I mark those people as spam. That seems to keep them away too.

    Good to see you!


  2. There may be other reasons for removing a LinkedIn connection, but I seldom use them. The problem with removing a LinkedIn connection is that it’s almost like a death penalty that should be used sparingly. It’s permanent from their end, they won’t know they’ve been removed, and they won’t be able to reinstate another connection with you: you’re the only one who can reinstate the connection.

    So I usually think long and hard before removing someone. You never know when you’ll need to be connected again.

    As you said, it’s much easier to hide their status updates so you don’t get plagued with updates from the Uber LinkedIn poster. It’s much easier to add someone back when you need to see what they are posting nd there isn’t that air of finality that you get with removing a user.

    Good post.

  3. Like you, Donna, I think I’ve rarely disconnected from people on LinkedIn–only three I can remember. Two switched industries and started blasting out spammy messages hawking herbal medicines and the like. The third worked for an international organization and mass-mailed (via regular e-mail, not LinkedIn) a long list of people about some diplomatic event. Not really “diplomatic” at all, especially as he didn’t use bcc:–he put everyone’s e-mail addresses right there in the To: field! So when people started complaining, some used “reply all” and the whole list got spammed again.

    Bridges burned? Gladly, but only in these rare cases.


    It’s so nice to “see” you. Thank you for chiming in.


  4. Thank you everyone for your words of advice on this topic. I wasn’t hoping to start an avalanche of feelings and “‘tudes” about unlinking from someone, but sometimes it is just very necessary to do and I sort of just wanted the procedure that one can use to do this. Thanks again.

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