How to remove contacts on LinkedIn

August 30th, 2013 | by Jason Alba |

I’m doing my regular maintenance and cleaning up my network a bit… the horribly tedious way of removing connections has… disappeared.  It took some hunting around (spent way too much time on LinkedIn trying to find it on my own), but finally found a really good solution.

Actually, this is an awesome solution… you can now easily remove a connection right from their Profile page.  This is a huge deal. In the olden days you had to go through many pages and clicks to hunt down a contact and delete them.  Now… easy!

Simply go to the person’s Profile page, mouse over the drop down next to Send a message, and scroll to the bottom of the dropdown (I had to scroll my page so that I could see all of the options in the dropdown).  The bottom one allows you to remove.  Thanks to the ever-reliable Stacy Zapar for the reliable post on how to do this.


Note that when you remove the person as a Contact, you’ll lose any notes you have on them:


  1. 4 Responses to “How to remove contacts on LinkedIn”

  2. By Jeff Young on Aug 30, 2013 | Reply

    Great tip, Jason. That option does not appear on my list so it may be that it is not fully rolled out yet. There may be another reason, however. I do not use LinkedIn Contacts (it appears that you do). The option may only be available for those that DO use LI Contacts. I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that they may not see this useful option. On my version if I click on “Network” and then on “Contacts” the “Remove Connections” option is still in the upper right hand corner.

  3. By Jason Alba on Aug 30, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks Jeff. On Stacey’s post she has 3 ways to delete… if only LI could be consistent for users.

    I don’t use Contacts… blogged about why here:

    LinkedIn Contacts vs. LinkedIn Policy: Now This Issue Can’t Be Ignored

    Plus, I am the creator/founder of JibberJobber, my contact manager of choice :)

  4. By Jeff Young on Aug 30, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks, Jason. I also do not use LinkedIn Contacts and do not recommend it because of the issues you mention in your other post. I do not wish to allow LinkedIn access to my entire Email contacts list and I already have another CRM system that works for me.

    Thanks for helping us users and LinkedIn trainers keep up with all the changes LinkedIn seems to be making on a weekly or more frequent basis!

  5. By Carl E. Reid on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply


    You are an amazing person in staying on top of the maintenance game for keeping on top of LinkedIn changes, which seems to happen weekly.

    This tip you provided helps me prune my LinkedIn network of connections with a community marathon fund raiser for veterans.

    I love to support people in their business and community efforts, but I wouldn’t want anyone to be part of my LinkedIn network that thinks reciprocal relationships is another country.

    Thanks again Jason for your generous sharing.

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