LinkedIn Settings and Privacy

July 31, 2020

Managing your settings effectively will impact the perception people have of you and your brand. The settings will also keep your account safer. It’s a good idea to have an understanding of the most important LinkedIn settings.

Find the Settings and Privacy tab for the majority of your personal settings.

At the top of the Settings page, you will find the number of connections, the date you became a LinkedIn member, and the list of any premium accounts

There are four main categories within the LinkedIn Settings tab.


Examples of functions


Password, e-mail, and data archive



Visibility, viewing options, ranking, and blocking

General preferences and data


E-mail, invitations, and group messages

I suggest you evaluate each setting to decide your best option. I have included many (but not all) of the settings with my recommendations.

Sandra’s Recommendations on LinkedIn Settings

Name of setting

Where to find

Recommendation from Sandra

E-mail addresses

Account tab under Settings

Always use more than one e-mail address. Select your primary address.

Phone numbers

Account tab under Settings

Add your phone numbers and select primary.

Change password

Account tab under Settings

Change every quarter.


Account tab under Settings

Change as appropriate.

Name, location, and industry

Account tab under Settings or from Edit Profile

Update as appropriate.

Where you’re signed in

Account tab under Settings

Check this periodically.

Autoplay videos

Account tab under Settings


Showing profile photo

Account tab under Settings



Account tab under Settings


Add your Twitter handle so you can post status updates to the public and your Twitter account.


Hibernating, merging, or closing account

Account tab under Settings

Use only when necessary.


Edit your public profile


 Who can see your email address

Privacy tab under Settings. Find the profile list on the right side.


Privacy tab under Settings

Allow search engines to find your profile. Make all sections visible to everyone.


Select anyone on LinkedIn.

Who can see your connections

Privacy tab under Settings

Keep open to all of your connections. This is a best practice. If you are worried, I suggest you disconnect from anyone that concerns you.

Story viewing options


Manage active status                           

Privacy tab under Settings


Privacy tab under Settings                    

Select your name and headline.


Select all LinkedIn members.

Viewers of this profile also viewed

(displays other people similar to you on the right side of your profile)

Privacy tab under Settings

Turn off if showing your competitors. Turn on if displaying your coworkers.

Share job changes, education changes, and work anniversaries from profile

(notify your network about a profile change)

Privacy tab under Settings

Usually you want to keep this on. However, if you are doing a major profile overhaul, it is best to turn it off.

Profile viewing options

(people may see that you have viewed their profile)

Privacy tab under Settings

Full profile. Change this as needed. Usually best to show your full profile most of the time.

Notify your connections when you are in the news


Mentions or tags by others

Privacy tab under Settings


Privacy tab under Settings                               



Select your personal preference.


(choose who can follow you and see your updates)


Who can see your last name


Privacy tab under Settings


 Privacy tab under Settings




Show your full name.

Representing your organization and interests


Birthday option

Privacy tab under Settings


Contact info section



This is a personal preference.

Two-step verification

Account tab under Settings


*** Many additional settings for job search, data privacy, blocking, hiding, and security

Privacy tab under Settings

Review and select if appropriate.

Network communications



Communications tab under Settings


Communications tab under Settings

Select your personal preferences.


Make your selections for on, off, frequency and digests.

Invitations to connect


Invitations from your network


Communications tab under Settings


Communications tab under Settings


Select everyone.


Keep on.

Messages from members and Open Profile*

Communications tab under Settings

Select your preferred methods.

Group settings

Communications tab under Settings and in each individual group

Select your personal preferences.


User profile or My Network tab. The best place to disconnect is from the My Network tab.

Disconnect from anyone you do not trust.










*Open profile – allows premium users to turn on and allow anyone to send a message for free.