Updated: February 2018
If you’ve signed up for LinkedIn, you may have noticed you can get a lot of email notifications for invitations, messages, group activity, LinkedIn news, and LinkedIn updates. This can make it difficult to wade through all of it to find the important activity you actually want to see and respond to. Here are some tips on how to change the settings so your LinkedIn experience is more effective.
To get to your settings, go to the top right corner of your LinkedIn window, click on your profile picture icon, and select “Settings & Privacy.” This will bring you to the page where you can control settings for three categories – Account, Privacy, and Communications. Today we will be focusing on two: the Communications setting and the Account setting.
The most important notification setting to change to make your LinkedIn experience more manageable lies in the “Email Frequency” option. This is where you can limit the number of email notifications you receive so you won’t get an email for every single change in activity on your LinkedIn network.
There are many different categories you can customize when changing your email settings, such as Invitations, Messages, and Group Updates.
If you click on the “Details” button, you can find even more customization options for your notifications. For each type of category, you have the option of “Choose Delivery” in other words, how often you want to receive emails specific to that category. You have the options of either “Daily” or “Periodic” emails. Doing this will have LinkedIn email you a list of updates once a day or once a week so you can go through all of them at the frequency you want.
If you really don’t want any notifications about your activities, you can select “No Email,” but this may make it difficult to use your group activity to network.
When it comes to your personal notifications updates and notifications for your cell phone (because LinkedIn does have an app!), the settings work similarly and are easy to adjust within the app itself.
Finally, under the “Account” setting, you can manage all your account information, such as email address and passwords. You can also use the feed preferences setting so your LinkedIn newsfeed does not get cluttered and overwhelming.
The best way to go about modifying this setting is based on how you are using LinkedIn. For example, if you become employed and really like your job, you may be using LinkedIn solely for group activity and networking purposes.
There you have it! As you continue to use LinkedIn, you’ll get a better feel for what settings work best for you. But for now, these guidelines should be helpful to any beginning LinkedIn users!
Have other LinkedIn questions? Check out the other articles in this series: