Revised on May 23, 2014
It is amazing how often I get asked this question of how to disconnect from someone and remove LinkedIn connections from my own personal network. 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 or for another reason, you do have the option of disconnecting from them and removing them as a connection. Connecting with someone is not a marriage by any means! Hopefully this gives those who want to build out a large virtual 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.
Disconnecting and removing a connection is as easy as going to the “Contacts” screen, pressing “Remove Connections” at the top right-hand side, and then choosing and confirming who you want to disconnect from and remove from your LinkedIn connections.
LinkedIn gives you two options vis a vis disconnecting from a LinkedIn connection:
1. Remove a LinkedIn connection when visiting their profile
Press the right arrow where you see a “Send a message” prompt, and you should see the “Remove connection” option at the very bottom as pictured below:
2. Remove a LinkedIn connection from the Contacts app
Find the person you want to disconnect from inside the Contacts app. At the bottom of each contact you should see options to Tag, Message, and More. Selecting “More” will give you the ability to remove a connection as pictured below:
Removing a LinkedIn connection through either of the above two methods will yield the same result.
The beauty of using this Remove Connections functionality to disconnect is that:
- Your contact will not be informed that you removed them from your connections.
- 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).
- You can re-invite the person you disconnected from, in which case the connection will be fully restored as if you never removed them.
The ability to remove connections and disconnect should give you the confidence that should, for whatever reason, you want to disconnect with one of your connections, the option is there.And it is easy to do as well.
For more tips about using LinkedIn, make sure you check out my books Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn, Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing, and 30 Minutes to Maximizing LinkedIn.
If you’re looking to disconnect from the wrong types but still build your LinkedIn connections, here’s an interesting infographic with tips on how to connect with the right people on LinkedIn:
Infographic source: WhoIsHostingThis?