A user’s public profile displays a simplified version of their LinkedIn profile. They may customize their public profile settings in order to set limits on how much information is displayed on the profile page. LinkedIn allows its users to simply turn profile sections on and off to select what appears on public search engines.
A person’s public LinkedIn profile is visible to people who aren’t members, aren’t signed in to LinkedIn, and those who have not yet linked their LinkedIn account to their accounts on other approved services. However, these are subject to the user’s visibility settings.
If for any reason you want to hide your LinkedIn profile from other users, you can use the site’s visibility preferences on the “Profile Visibility” settings page. Keep in mind that when you hide your public profile, it won’t appear in search engines. It will also be hidden from non-LinkedIn members. This means those with LinkedIn accounts can still see your LinkedIn profile.
Hide Your Profile
Here’s how to hide your public profile according to LinkedIn:
- Click the “Me” icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage
- Click “View Profile“, and then “Edit public profile & URL” on the right side of your profile
- Under the “Edit Visibility” section on the right side, toggle “Your profile’s public visibility” to “Off“
It is not necessary to do all of this from the LinkedIn website. You may also hide your public profile through your Android or iOS device. Here is how to hide your public profile using your mobile device:
- Tap your profile picture > “View profile“
- Tap the Settings icon
- Tap “Privacy” > “Edit your public profile“
- From the “Edit Visibility” section, toggle “Your profile’s public visibility” to “Off“
For those who want to change the wording or text in a particular section of their public profile, it is possible to edit the profile and then enable that section’s public visibility
Hiding A LinkedIn Profile
When hiding your LinkedIn profile, take note that search engines may take some time to detect changes and refresh. This process is out of LinkedIn’s control. Also worth noting is the fact that even if a profile is set to public, sometimes people who aren’t members of LinkedIn may be prompted to sign up or sign in to LinkedIn before they could view your public profile.
In LinkedIn, a user’s public profile is displayed in search results. Public profiles appear when people search for you using a public search engine such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. LinkedIn public profiles may also appear on affiliate and approved third-party services such as Outlook, Yahoo Mail, Samsung phones mail app, etc.
When displaying your public profile, you can set limits on just how much information is displayed. LinkedIn allows you to customize the information that is made public, so use this to your advantage in order to make more connections and generate leads.
While LinkedIn does not currently allow its members to hide their profiles from everyone, users at least have the ability to hide their public profiles from those who are not members of LinkedIn.