How to Stop LinkedIn’s Annoying Emails for Good

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Like most social networks, LinkedIn loves to send you emails. While they can be a handy way to keep up with important things, for the most part these emails are just a way to get you to check in with the site more often. And if you leave the settings at their default, you’ll get a lot emails from them. Here’s how to stop them.

Control What Email Addresses LinkedIn Uses

LinkedIn may have several email addresses listed for you, especially if you’ve used their connector to search for contacts. Though LinkedIn only sends messages to the address listed as primary, you may as well take the opportunity to cull email addresses to only the ones you want in your profile.

Your first step is heading to your LinkedIn settings. On the main LinkedIn page, click your profile picture and then choose “Privacy and Settings.”

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In the Basics section, click Email Addresses.

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Under “Email addresses,” make sure that the main email address you want to use is selected as the primary address. Click Remove next to any addresses you’d like LinkedIn not to use in the future.

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Specify What Emails You Actually Want to Receive (and How Often)

After you’ve cleaned up your email addresses, turn your attention to the email messages LinkedIn sends you. By default, you’ll get email messages whenever you receive an invitation or LinkedIn message from another user, when there are notifications about your network or activities, security messages from Linked in, and so on. If you visit the site even occasionally, there’s no need be notified about all this via email. And while you could always block or filter messages from LinkedIn in your mail app, you’re probably better off fine-tuning the emails LinkedIn sends.

On the LinkedIn settings page, switch to the Communications tab and then, in the Basics section, choose “Email frequency.” Note that while we’re just talking about email messages here, this Basics page also gives you some control over who can send you network invitations and whether you receive group invitations at all.

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The “Email frequency” section is divided up into a number of different types of emails. To stop receiving messages of a certain type altogether, just click the On/Off toggle next to that category.

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You can exert even finer control over email messages for a particular category. For example, maybe you want to receive emails about invitations to join someone’s network, but not about joining groups. Just click the Details button next to a category to see what you can do with it.

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For each type of message in a category, you’ll see a few options (what you see exactly depends on the type of message). You can disable each type of message using its On/Off toggle. If you leave messages turned on, you can also control the frequency to some extent. All types of messages offer the Recommended and Individual Emails frequencies. Some also feature a weekly digest option. The settings work like this:

  • Recommended. LinkedIn will send email messages about items it thinks you may have missed. You won’t see messages about items that you see while you’re on the site. And if LinkedIn has a lot of messages to send, it will bundle them into a single summary message.
  • Individual Emails. LinkedIn will send an individual email message about every single item of that category, regardless of whether you’ve already seen it when logged on to the site.
  • Weekly Digest Email. LinkedIn will send a summary message once each week that includes information about every single item in the category, even if you’ve already seen it on the site.

These settings allow you to fine tune the types of email messages you get and how often you get them, in case you don’t want to turn them off altogether.

Control What Types of Other Communications You’re Interested In

The final set of email messages you have some control over relate to introductions to new people by someone on your network, InMail messages (LinkedIn’s own email-like message system), and opportunities you can be pitched. Back on the Communications tab of the Settings page, click “Which communications you’re interested in.”

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Unfortunately, you are forced to receive emails about introductions. Your only choices here are to receive messages about just introductions or to also receive messages whenever someone sends you an InMail message. You can also select a number of opportunities that people are allowed to send you messages about and even add a note for people who want to contact you. After you’ve made your selections, click Save.

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If All Else Fails: Create an Email Filter

Sometimes it seems like no matter what you do, the occasional email still creeps in. Maybe LinkedIn creates a new type of notification that defaults to On, or maybe there’s an item you forgot to check off. In any case, when all else fails, the best way to banish LinkedIn emails is to create a filter that automatically sends them to the trash.

Creating a filter is different in every email client. For example, in Gmail, you’ll go to Settings > Filters and Blocked Addresses > Create a New Filter. You may have to look up instructions for your mail client of choice to figure out how to create a filter.

Once there, just filter out any messages from an address containing linkedin.com . For example, in Gmail, that filter would look like this:

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Of course, if there are emails you want to see–like security notifications when your account gets logged into by a new device–you may want to let those addresses through. Again, this will look different in every email client, but in Gmail, we’ll block all linkedin.com addresses except for the security-noreply@linkedin.com address:

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Then, just set the filter to delete (or, if you prefer, archive) any email matching that rule.

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With any luck, you’ll never see those pesky emails again.

Walter Glenn is a long time computer geek and tech writer. Though he's mostly a Windows and gadget guy, he has a fondness for anything tech. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.