How to Block Someone on LinkedIn Without Visiting Their Profile

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How to Block Someone on LinkedIn Without Visiting Their Profile

As you may already know, when you want to block a profile on LinkedIn, you must first visit the profile.

And when you visit the profile, the owner of the profile will be notified that you visited their profile. So is there a way to block someone on LinkedIn without visiting their profile? Read on to find out more

Can You Block Someone on LinkedIn Without Visiting Their Profile?

No, you cannot block someone on LinkedIn without visiting their profile. As we do with all our guides and articles on Techzillo, we always strive to provide only accurate information to our site users.

As such, we must tell you that there is no way to block someone on LinkedIn without first visiting their profile.

However, if you want to block someone without them knowing that you visited their profile, then there are easy ways to do this, depending on your preferences and the device that you are using.

To block someone on LinkedIn without them knowing, you would have to change the privacy settings on your own LinkedIn profile.

By default, your LinkedIn profile activities are set to public. So when you visit a LinkedIn user’s profile, they will be notified that you visited their profile.

To prevent this from happening, you would need to set your profile visit activity to private, and then you can go ahead and block the person without them knowing that you visited their profile.

By doing this, it will then seem that you blocked the person without visiting their profile at all.

How to Block Someone on LinkedIn Without Visiting Their Profile

As we explained earlier, there is no way to block someone on LinkedIn without visiting their LinkedIn profile. In fact, you cannot block someone on LinkedIn unless you are actually logged in to your LinkedIn account in the first place.

But like we stated in the section above, you can visit someone’s LinkedIn profile and then block them without them knowing that you visited your profile. To do this, you would have to adjust your profile activity privacy settings using the steps below:

On LinkedIn Web:

1. Log into your LinkedIn account on a web browser on a computer

2. At the top right of the screen, click on the Me icon

3. This will reveal a drop-down menu, and then you can click on settings and privacy from the menu

4. When the settings page opens, click on Visibility from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen

5. Then click on Profile Viewing Options

6. Here, you will see settings that allow you to select what others see when you viewed their profile

7. By default, it is set to your Name and Headline. This means that the person whose profile you viewed will be able to see your name and basic info like your workplace.

8. But because you want to be able to view their profile and block them without them knowing, you need to select a private option.

9. Here, you can either select to be shown using Private Profile Characteristics which will show you as just someone on LinkedIn or complete Private Mode, where there will be no indication to the person at all that someone viewed their profile.

10. We recommend that you select Private Mode so that there will be no indication whatsoever to the person that you visited their LinkedIn profile and that you have blocked them

11. So click on Private Mode.

However, selecting a private mode or even private profile characteristics will disable who’s viewed your profile and erase your entire viewer history.

On Mobile App

1. Open your LinkedIn app and make sure that you are logged into your account

2. Click on your profile icon at the top left corner of the screen

3. Then click on settings at the bottom left corner of the screen

4. On the settings page, click on Visibility, then click on Profile Viewing Options

Here, just as on the LinkedIn web, you have three profile viewing options, namely: Your name and headline, Private profile characteristics, and Private mode.

You can either select private profile characteristics which will only show that someone visited the person’s profile without revealing your details, or select private mode, which will not show in any way whatsoever that someone visited the person’s profile.

After setting up your desired privacy setting to ensure that you are able to view the profile without them knowing, then you can go ahead and block the person following the steps below:

On LinkedIn Web

1. Make sure that you are logged in on LinkedIn because you cannot block a profile without being logged in first

2. Visit the profile page of the person you want to block on LinkedIn

3. Under the person’s name and headlines, click on More

4. Then click on Report and Block

5. Finally, click on Block from the listed options to block the person

6. When prompted, confirm to block the person

7. Now you can rest assured that you have blocked the person without them knowing that you visited their profile and blocked them

On LinkedIn Mobile

1. Make sure that you are logged in on LinkedIn because you cannot block a profile without being logged in first

2. Visit the profile page of the person you want to block on LinkedIn

3. Under the person’s name and headlines, click on the three horizontal dots to reveal more options

4. Then click on Report and Block

5. From the options, click on Block and then confirm to block the person

What Does Blocking Someone On LinkedIn Mean?

We believe that before you decide to block someone on LinkedIn, it is important that you understand what it means when you block someone on the platform. Here is a list of all the things that will happen when you block someone on LinkedIn.

1. You won’t be able to find each other

When you block someone on LinkedIn, you won’t be able to access each other’s profiles on LinkedIn. If you search for the person on LinkedIn, you will not be able to find them, nor will they be able to find you if they search for your profile.

The only way that you can find the person’s profile again is to go to your blocked list and unblock them before you are able to access their profile again, and then yours.

2. You can’t message each other

Whether you were already connected or not on LinkedIn, if you could message each other before, you will no longer be able to do so when you block the person on LinkedIn.

This means that you will not be able to send them messages, and they will not be able to send you messages either.

3. You can’t see each other’s content

Also, when you block someone on LinkedIn, you will no longer be able to see each other’s shared content.

This means that all your shared content, feeds, upcoming events, and updates will be hidden from the person. Also, all their shared content feeds, upcoming events, and updates will be hidden from you.

4. You’ll lose your connection

If you were connected to the person on LinkedIn, blocking the person will remove the connection on both ends.

5. They’ll lose access to your newsletter

If the person you’ve blocked was subscribed to your newsletter, they will be automatically unsubscribed from your newsletter and will no longer receive any subsequent newsletters from you

6. Recommendations and endorsements will be removed

When you block someone on LinkedIn, LinkedIn will remove any endorsement and recommendations from that person. On the person’s end, LinkedIn will also remove any endorsements and recommendations from you.

7. No more suggestions

When you block the person on LinkedIn, LinkedIn will stop suggesting you to the person in features such as People You May Know and People Also Viewed. Also you will no longer see the person in your People You May Know and People Also Viewed.

8. You can’t join their events

If the person you have blocked is the host of an audio event or a designated speaker in the audio event you will not be able to join the audio event.

If you block a Linkedin member, they may still see information that you make public such as your public profile content posted in public group discussions, your own public shares, and comments on influencer posts.

However, you can always change your public settings to change how you appear in public search engines following the steps below:

1. Log into your LinkedIn account on a web browser on a computer

2. At the top right of the screen click on the Me icon

3. This will reveal a drop down menu and then you can click on settings and privacy from the menu

4. When the settings page opens click on Visibility from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen

5. Then click on Edit Your Public Profile

6. Then on the right hand side of the page, under Edit Visibility, you can select which parts of your profile and activities that you want to be made public by toggling to turn them on or off

On Mobile App

1. Open your LinkedIn app and make sure that you are logged into your account

2. Click on your profile icon at the top left corner of the screen

3. Then click on settings at the bottom left corner of the screen

4. On the settings page click on Visibility then click on Edit Your Public Profile

5. Then under Edit Visibility you can select which parts of your profile and activities that you want to be made public by toggling to turn them on or off

Will LinkedIn Notify If You Block Them?

In this article, we have shown you how to successfully visit someone’s profile and block them on LinkedIn without them knowing.

However, you may want to know if LinkedIn will send them some kind of notification or if there is a way for them to know that you have blocked them.

The answer to this is not straightforward. According to LinkedIn, they will not notify the member that you blocked them “in most cases”.

This suggests that there may be occasions where LinkedIn will notify the person that you have blocked them.

Such occasions are not explicitly stated by LinkedIn. However, in most cases, LinkedIn will not notify the person that you have blocked them especially if you have the used the private profile option.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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