Deleting Duplicate Accounts

Do a LinkedIn search for yourself, and you may discover you have more than one LinkedIn account.  You may have set up an account several years ago, but never followed through on adding information.  More recently, you may have learned the importance of using LinkedIn and so you set up another account with information and with many contacts.

The following will explain how to delete an older account with no information.  However, if you have duplicate accounts with contacts you don’t want to lose, then you can combine the two accounts. From the categories on the left, choose "Merge Accounts."

To delete an account, not merge, first find both of your accounts and close the one you don't want. Then, 48 hours after the account is closed, add the email address from the closed account to the one you kept open.

How to find and close a duplicate account:
Step 1 - Find your other account(s): search for your name on LinkedIn. From your search results:

  1. The profile with the You icon is the account where you're currently signed in.
  2. A profile containing your information that doesn't have a You icon is a duplicate account.

Step 2 - Move your cursor over your profile picture in the top right and select Sign Out.

Step 3 - Sign in to the account you want to close. If you can't remember your password, click the Forgot Password? link and enter the email address registered to the account you want to close. This will send the password reset link to that email address.

  1. Make a note of any connections that are missing from the account you plan to keep so you can re-invite them from your other account.

Step 4 - IMPORTANT: Make sure you're signed in to the account you want to close and then close your account.
If you have problems signing in to your duplicate account, contact LinkedIn us with the following information:

  1. The URL for the profile you want to remove (e.g.
  2. The email address(es) associated with that account.
  3. Your name as it appears on LinkedIn, and any alternate names you may have used.