New LinkedIn Privacy Settings

Sara Greenfield, Bright Yellow Marketing

Do you like people knowing that you are live on LinkedIn? In other words, they can see that you are using LinkedIn at that very moment and can send you an instant message?

You might think "great - that makes it easier for people to contact me and engage in conversations"

However, if you have opened LinkedIn to do something, then wandered off to have a cup of tea, or got distracted doing something else, it looks as if you are ignoring them.

This means that you need to make a decision - do you want people to know when you are live on LinkedIn, or do you want to switch this off?

It is automatically set to “on”. 

LinkedIn has also introduced read receipts for messages, and shows people when you are actively typing a message. This might be useful if you want to see if someone has read your message, but you might not always want them to see that you have read their message and not dealt with it. 

Sometimes I receive a message on LinkedIn and need to think about the reply, or need to focus on the task in hand. Unless they are urgent, I often come back to deal with messages another time.

It’s different if you are in a customer support role  or a sales role and need to be able to respond to people instantly, but if this is not for you, you can switch off the active status as follows:

How to switch off your active status on LinkedIn

  • Click on your avatar in the top right-hand corner
  • Click  “Settings and Privacy”.
  • Click the “Privacy” tab
  • Click "Display your active status"
  • Toggle the button to switch off  “Display your active status”.

You will see that there is an alternative option to hide your active status from certain people.

How to switch off LinkedIn Read Receipts

  • Click on your avatar in the top right-hand corner
  • Click "Settings and Privacy"
  • Click the “Communications” tab.
  • Click "Read receipts and typing indicators"
  • Click “Change” and toggle the on/off button.


Whilst you are there, it’s worth looking at the other settings, such as who can send you invitations to connect (personally, I don’t mind who sends me these requests, as I connect with lots of people, but some people like to control their connections).

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