Disable read receipts and typing indicators in LinkedIn messages

It can be difficult to keep up with all the messages in LinkedIn that come in from colleagues, old friends, recruiters, and bots. Even if you have every intention of replying at a later time, your message buddy can see that you’ve seen their message but chose not to reply immediately. This can add false tension or anxiety to the communication, or just send a signal to the other party that’s unintended such as how you might value that person or their objective. Your message buddy can also tell when you’re typing and may be anxiously awaiting what you have to say even if you change your mind and delete the draft, leaving them hanging.

Let’s reduce some stress and disable read receipts and typing indicators so you can reply when you’re able with the peace of mind that no unintended feelings were conveyed when skimming between meetings. Just keep in mind that if you do this others won’t see that you’ve read their message or a typing indicator when you type AND you won’t be able to see the same from anybody else. Disabling it from applying to you removes your ability to benefit from it applying to others.

How to disable typing indicators and read receipts in LinkedIn messages

1. Go to LinkedIn and log in.

2. Select your profile menu then Settings & Privacy.

3. Select Communications at the top navigation menu.

4. Click Messaging experience on the left.

5. Next to Read receipts and typing indicators, click Change.

6. Toggle the option to the off position. It saves automatically.

How to make your LinkedIn profile private and only accessible to logged in users

By default your LinkedIn profile may appear in public search results and individuals who aren’t logged in to LinkedIn can see some of your information (depending on the privacy settings of each component as you added it to your profile). This public/anonymous access is also what allows Outlook to find your profile as a potential match for you if you haven’t connected your profile yet.

Note: Connecting to LinkedIn at work requires that your administrators enable LinkedIn connections.

In this post we’ll go through the steps to disable your public profile so that only logged in users may connect with you and/or view your profile in whole or part depending on your settings.

How to disable your LinkedIn public profile from anonymous access

1. Go to LinkedIn and log in.

2. Select your profile menu then Settings & Privacy.

3. Next to Edit your public profile, click Change.

4. Toggle the Edit Visibility option to the off position. It saves automatically.

You could, alternatively, just restrict which content appears publicly. Instead of step 4, leave it toggled in the on position and choose which items below it should be available.

As you make changes, the preview on the left will update to show you what anonymous users will see when on your profile but not logged in.

How to disable access to your profile for LinkedIn partners and permitted services like Outlook

1. Go to LinkedIn and log in.

2. Select your profile menu then Settings & Privacy.

3. Next to Profile visibility off LinkedIn, click Change then change the toggle to the off position.

Personalize/customize your LinkedIn profile URL

I still see a lot of LinkedIn profile URLs including generic alpha-numerically decorated user names. Let’s clean that up and make it unique and intentional.

For example, if you don’t change your URL it may still be something like:

….linkedin.com/in/nate-chamberlain-ab1234567/

But you can update it to something that looks great on a resume and every other profile, such as:

….linkedIn.com/in/nchambe/

Better, right? Let’s do it.

How to customize your LinkedIn profile URL

1. Go to LinkedIn and log in

2. Select your profile menu then Settings & Privacy.

3. Next to Edit your public profile, click Change.

4. In the upper right-hand corner, select the pencil icon under Edit your custom URL to edit your URL.

5. Enter your preferred URL suffix and click Save.

6. If available, you’re done! If unavailable, try another suffix. FYI – “AWESOME” is not available.