I received an email recently requesting details on how to merge LinkedIn accounts as the person in question had managed to set up two over time, and it reminded me that I needed to write an up-to-date blog on how to do this – so here it is!

Merging LinkedIn Accounts: Quick Guide

  • Log into both accounts.
  • Cancel Premium, job postings, and ads on the account to close.
  • Use “Forgot Password?” if needed.
  • Follow steps: Settings > Account Management > Merge Accounts.
  • Only connections and email addresses transfer.
  • Profile content and InMail credits won’t merge.
  • Check for duplicate profiles.

How to Merge LinkedIn Accounts: Prerequisites

  • If you can log into both accounts with your name on it, and you have more than zero but less than 30 thousand connections, it’s a simple process to merge the two (but you will need to cancel your Premium subscription first, cancel any outstanding job postings or listings and cancel all Advertising Campaigns on the account you close).
  • If you have forgotten the password for the account you want to close but remember the email address associated with that account you will need to request a new one from LinkedIn by going to the sign in page and clicking “Forgot Password?” link. Once you have regained access to the account you can follow the steps listed above.
  • But, if you can’t remember the email address associated with the duplicate account you will need to follow LinkedIn’s identity verification process– see our blog here.
  • If one of the profiles doesn’t have any connections I would suggest you simply close this account rather than merge it – see how to close an account on an old blog here.

There are however a couple of things you should be aware of before merging two accounts.

You will only be able to transfer the connections and email address of the account you want to close, you won’t be able to merge profile content, edits, endorsements, recommendations or saved articles, and any InMail credits you have will be lost.

Step-by-step Guide for Merging LinkedIn Accounts

Once you have done this, just follow these steps:

  • Step 1 – Search for yourself on LinkedIn and identify the profile you want to keep. From this account click on Me under your photo on the top right-hand side
  • Step 2 – On the drop-down menu select Settings and Privacy
  • Step 3 – Select account, then account management

  • Step 4 – Click on Change on the Merging LinkedIn Accounts option

  • Step 5 – Insert the email address and password for the account you want to close and then click Submit.

  • Step 6 – You will then be asked to confirm that you are closing the right account and will need to click Continue.
  • Step 7 – Next you need to enter the password of the account you want to keep confirming that you want to merge the accounts and then click Submit.

Once you have completed these steps you will receive a confirmation notification email from LinkedIn to the email address on your primary account.

How To Find Duplicate LinkedIn Profiles

Searching for duplicate LinkedIn profiles can be important for maintaining the integrity of your professional network and ensuring the accuracy of your connections. Here are some steps and tips to help you search for duplicate profiles on LinkedIn:

  1. Use the Search Function: Start by using LinkedIn’s search bar. Enter the name of the individual you suspect has duplicate profiles. Remember that some people may have common names, so you might get multiple results.
  2. Refine Your Search: Use filters to narrow down your search results. You can filter by location, current company, past companies, education, and other parameters to get closer to finding a potential duplicate.
  3. Examine Profile Details: Look at the details of each profile. Check for similarities in employment history, education, skills, and profile pictures. Sometimes, one profile might be more complete than the other, which can be a sign of duplication.
  4. Check Connections: See if there are shared connections. Sometimes, duplicate profiles might have different sets of connections. This can be a clue, especially if the connections are from different periods of the person’s life or different geographic locations.
  5. Look at the Activity: Check the activity section of the profiles. If one profile has recent activity and the other does not, it might indicate that one is an older, unused duplicate.
  6. Contact the Individual: If you’re still unsure, consider reaching out to the individual politely to inquire. They might not be aware that they have duplicate profiles.
  7. Report to LinkedIn: If you confirm that there are duplicate profiles, you can report them to LinkedIn for further action. LinkedIn has a process for handling duplicate accounts.
  8. Use Google Search: Sometimes, using Google can help find LinkedIn profiles more effectively. Search for the person’s name along with “LinkedIn” as a keyword. This can sometimes reveal profiles that are not as easily found through LinkedIn’s own search.
  9. Check for Email Addresses: If you have access to the person’s email address(es), you can try searching for those on LinkedIn. Some people create a new profile forgetting they already have one associated with a different email.
  10. Network and Ask Colleagues: If you have mutual connections, ask them if they are aware of the individual having multiple profiles. Sometimes colleagues or mutual connections might have more insight.

Remember, when searching for duplicate profiles, to respect privacy and LinkedIn’s terms of service. Your intention should be to maintain the professionalism and accuracy of the network, not to intrude on someone’s privacy.

How To Change Your LinkedIn Profile’s Visibility

Search engines like Google routinely index the LinkedIn member directory, ensuring that all updates, changes, and new profiles are regularly reflected in search results.

If you want to control how your LinkedIn profile appears in these search results, follow these steps:

  1. Log Into Your LinkedIn Account: Start by signing into your LinkedIn profile.
  2. Access Your Profile: Click on the ‘Me’ icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage, then select “View Profile” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Edit Your Public Profile Settings: On your profile page, look for the “Edit Public Profile & URL” link. This is typically located on the right-hand side of the page.
  4. Customize Your Visibility: Once you’re on the public profile settings page, you’ll see a range of options in the right panel. Here, you can adjust the visibility of your profile. You can choose to make your profile public (visible to everyone) or private (not visible in search results). Simply click on the appropriate option to reflect your preference.
  5. Change Your Public Profile URL: On the same page, you have the option to edit your LinkedIn public profile URL. A customized URL can enhance your personal branding and make your profile easier to find. While not all desired URLs may be available, you can experiment with variations to find a unique URL that improves your searchability. Keep in mind that search engines may take several weeks to reflect these changes.
  6. Patience with Search Engine Updates: After making changes to your LinkedIn profile or URL, remember that search engines have their own timelines for updating their indexes. It can take a few weeks for your changes to be reflected in search results. There’s no way to expedite this process, so it’s a good idea to check back periodically.

By following these steps, you can effectively manage your LinkedIn profile’s visibility to both your network and the broader internet audience, including search engines.

This can be a key aspect of managing your online professional presence.

Can I Merge A Duplicate Business or Company Account?

LinkedIn typically has a strict policy regarding deleting or merging company accounts due to the potential impact on the profiles of both current and former employees.

For example: consider a person who was employed at ACME Corp in 1998 and has listed this experience on their LinkedIn profile.

If LinkedIn were to remove ACME Corp’s company information, it would directly affect not only this individual’s profile but also the profiles of anyone else who has referenced ACME Corp as a past or present employer.

However, it is possible to deactivate a company page on LinkedIn if the company has a workforce of less than 100 employees.

This action can be taken to manage the company’s online presence more effectively, especially if the page is no longer needed or relevant.

Wrapping Up

Knowing how to merge two LinkedIn accounts is essential for maintaining a streamlined professional presence if you have multiple profiles.

This process allows you to consolidate connections and email addresses, though content like endorsements won’t be merged.

Alongside this, regularly updating your profile’s visibility and handling any duplicate business accounts effectively are key to optimizing your LinkedIn experience.