Lately, we’ve been reading a lot of news concerning data breaches within our favorite social media sites — with Facebook being the most talked about.
Many people have decided to delete Facebook and some have decided to delete all of their social media accounts altogether. In my opinion, that’s somewhat of a drastic step (especially if you’re a small business owner).
If you’re thinking about deleting your accounts, I’m hoping this post will make you change your mind.
One thing you may not know you can do is download a full archive of the data that you have posted on your social media accounts. That includes LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and your Google accounts!
Today, I’m going to help you download your LinkedIn account data that will include your LinkedIn posts, connections, photos, and more.
Let’s begin by following these steps to downloading your LinkedIn data:
1. Log in to your LinkedIn account.
2. Click on the drop-down arrow under the word ‘Me’ in the upper right-hand corner on the navigation bar where you see your profile picture in the small circle.
3. In the drop-down list, click on ‘Settings & Privacy’.
4. On the accounts ‘Settings & Privacy’ page, click on the ‘Privacy’ tab.
5. Scroll down to the ‘How LinkedIn uses your data’ section, and click on ‘Download your data’.
6. Now you can download the archive of your LinkedIn account data. There is a list of what you will receive with each LinkedIn data archive below.
In this section, LinkedIn explains a little about the data that belongs to you.
Your LinkedIn data belongs to you, and you can download an archive any time or view the rich media you have uploaded.
7. You have the option to download ‘The works’ or ‘Pick and choose’ what data you download.
The works includes all of your individual files, your LinkedIn messages, connections, contacts, your activity and account history (see a complete list of what you will receive below).
Pick and choose will allow you to choose only the data you want to download. Your options will be the LinkedIn articles that you’ve published, your connections, imported contacts, messages, invitations you’ve received, your LinkedIn profile content, recommendations that you’ve given, and more data.
Select one of the two options given to you.
8. Click on the blue ‘Request archive’ button.
9. As a security measure, you will be asked to enter your password, so be sure to do so when prompted. Then click ‘Done’.
You’ll see the word ‘Saved’ in green with a little check mark. It goes away pretty quickly, so you may or may not notice it. The way you will know if it worked is, you will see “We will send you an email when your download is ready’ and the blue ‘Request archive’ button will say ‘Request pending’ and will be grayed out.
10. Now, all you have to do is wait, and your download will be emailed to you within 24 hours.
While you wait, here are a few important things LinkedIn wants you to know and some notes from them:
Within minutes, you’ll receive an email with a link where you can download certain categories of personal information we have for you … Within 24 hours, we’ll send you a second email with a link where you can download your full archive.
You should only download your data from a personal computer and not a public computer.
This feature is currently not available on mobile.
You’ll only receive the categories of information that are applicable to your account and activities on LinkedIn. For example, if you don’t have certifications listed on your profile, you won’t receive a Certifications file.
If you close your account, you will no longer have access to your LinkedIn information from our site. For more information, you can check out what happens after you close your LinkedIn account in the ‘Source(s)’ section below.
Following is a list of the data archives you can request and when to expect them:
Available within 10 minutes –
- Causes you care about
- Connections (1st degree)
- Contacts you’ve imported on LinkedIn
- All the messages in your Inbox
- Notes and Tags
- Phone numbers associated with your LinkedIn account
- The basic biographical information that makes up your LinkedIn profile
- Recommendations you’ve received
- Recommendations you’ve given
- A list of all the skills you’ve added to your LinkedIn profile
Available within 24 hours
- Account status (history) including when your account was created, closed, or reopened
- Ads you’ve clicked
- Ad targeting criteria
- Email addresses associated with your account
- Group comments
- Group likes
- Group posts
- Invitations sent and received by you
- Login attempts
- Mobile device LinkedIn apps that are registered with your account
- The current name on your account and any previous name changes
- The date you registered on LinkedIn, the IP address you registered from, and the member who invited you
- Current subscription type
- Search history
- Security challenges
- If you’ve received these emails but didn’t initiate the request, be sure to change your password.
- This archive won’t include information in People You May Know and Who’s Viewed Your Profile.
- If you’d like to see information that’s not listed above, please complete LinkedIn’s Data Access Request Form (see below.)
- Learn more about using LinkedIn smartly and securely by clicking the links below.
Accessing Your LinkedIn Account Data
What Happens After You Close Your LinkedIn Account
Change Your LinkedIn Password
LinkedIn’s Data Request Form
LinkedIn’s Data Retention Policy
Account Security and Privacy – LinkedIn Best Practices
Author: Romona Foster
Romona Foster is the Social Media Trainer and Consultant at Social Media How To’s with Romona. Romona teaches small businesses and nonprofits how to use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram — and the best practices of Email Marketing, Online Marketing, and Personal Branding. She is a featured contributor with Business2Community and is a Constant Contact Community blogger.