How to Cancel LinkedIn Premium

Posted by Frank Gogol
Updated on May 16, 2022

LinkedIn is one of the top social networking sites for job seekers and recruiters alike. It’s also a great platform for passive job seekers who are already employed but are open to switching to a new company.

Through LinkedIn, connecting with people within your industry is as easy as clicking a button, allowing you to grow your connections quickly and easily.

Many people opt to pay for LinkedIn Premium, LinkedIn’s paid subscription, in order to fully utilize its features. However, it can become too expensive in the long run.

If you’re thinking of canceling your LinkedIn Premium subscription, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll teach you how to cancel LinkedIn Premium.

What is LinkedIn Premium?

As mentioned above, LinkedIn Premium is LinkedIn’s paid subscription service.

The most significant difference between LinkedIn Premium and LinkedIn Basic is how wide your reach is. If you have the Premium subscription, you get access to profiles outside of your personal network, online professional development courses, and insights on your profile activity.

LinkedIn Premium also allows you to send InMail messages instead of just receiving them. This is akin to a direct message that will also be sent to the receiver’s email, giving it more reach than the Basic messaging feature, which can only be viewed on the platform.

Also, with LinkedIn Premium, users can now view the last five people who checked their account, as well as everyone who viewed their profile in the last 90 days. 

Lastly, Premium users can also see the top 100 connections in their entire network, as well as how they rank against other users.

The biggest downside to LinkedIn Premium is the price. It starts from around $30 per month, reaching up to almost $120 monthly fees for an annual subscription, depending on which package you pick. 

That’s why it’s only advisable to subscribe to LinkedIn Premium when you are actively seeking a job or seeking applicants. Once you’re done, you should consider canceling LinkedIn Premium to save money.

How to Cancel LinkedIn Premium from a Browser

Your options for canceling LinkedIn Premium depend on the method you used to get a subscription.

If you bought your LinkedIn Premium subscription while you were using the LinkedIn desktop site, then you can cancel your subscription from a desktop browser, a mobile browser, or from the mobile app.

Follow the steps below to cancel your Premium subscription from a browser:

  1. Click on the “Me” icon found on the menu bar just below the browser’s website address bar.
  2. From the dropdown menu that appears, select “Access My Premium.”
  3. On the right side of the interface, you will see the “Manage Premium account” hyperlink. Click on this.
  4. Now, you will be redirected to your profile’s subscription settings.
  5. Below the “Manage subscription” subheader, click on the “Cancel subscription” button.
  6. Prompts will appear to confirm if you are sure of your cancellation. Follow them to fully cancel your LinkedIn Premium subscription.

How to Cancel LinkedIn Premium from iOS

Unfortunately, if you purchased your subscription using iTunes or from the App Store, you won’t be able to cancel it directly linked from LinkedIn. That’s because Apple’s Privacy Policy doesn’t allow it.

Due to this, you have no choice but to cancel your subscription on your iPhone using iTunes or on your desktop.

To cancel your premium subscription on iTunes, follow these steps:

  1. Open iTunes from your desktop or mobile device.
  2. On the Subscription Management Settings page, look for your LinkedIn Premium subscription. Make sure that you are signed in with your own Apple ID to be able to locate it there.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, you should see an option to cancel your subscription. Click it and confirm your decision to cancel.

LinkedIn Premium Cancellation FAQ

Whether you have already canceled your subscription or you are still in the middle of deciding, here are some frequently asked questions on canceling your LinkedIn Premium subscription.

What Happens After You Cancel LinkedIn Premium?

You are automatically reverted to LinkedIn Basic once you cancel your LinkedIn Premium. Data-wise, you will not lose anything. You get to keep your profile and all your connections. You’ll only lose the additional features that came with the paid subscription, such as the unlimited number of people browsing or the access to higher-ranking professionals who are outside your personal network.

When Should You Cancel LinkedIn Premium to Avoid Being Charged?

While you can cancel your LinkedIn Premium anytime, you need to do it at least one day before the end of your current billing cycle to avoid being billed for your use of a Premium account.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re actually subscribed, or if you just availed of promotion or free trial. You’ll be charged if you don’t cancel it one day before it expires.

Take note that all billing cycles and dates on LinkedIn are in the Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) time zone.

What Options Do You Have Instead of Canceling LinkedIn Premium?

If you don’t want to cancel your LinkedIn Premium entirely, you do have a few other options.

One of the options is to downgrade your LinkedIn Premium subscription. Since there are four (4) types of packages available, Premium Career, Premium Business, Premium Sales, and Premium Hiring, you can choose a Premium package of lower cost. 

Another option is to shift to Sales Navigator or Recruiter Lite, depending on your purpose for your LinkedIn account. Sales Navigator is for managing your LinkedIn network, including client management and sourcing and managing vacancies. Meanwhile, Recruiter Lite is for process management.

Make sure to weigh the pros and cons of each package type and how they can apply to your utilization of your LinkedIn account to make the costs worth it.

That said, if you want to switch to a new subscription, you need to go through the cancelation steps first and then upgrade your Basic account to your preferred new package.

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How to Cancel LinkedIn Premium: Conclusion

Ultimately, your LinkedIn account is a social media account. You have to manage your account carefully to also manage your online professional network. Your subscription will depend on how you are using your account and for what purposes.

If you’re only looking for a job at the moment, then it’s more advisable to cancel your subscription as soon as you get hired since you can manage your work network in person. This also applies if you are only on the site to look for those you can fill up a recent vacancy in your department.

However, if you’re a recruitment manager, your subscription is part of the job. Winning and retaining clients and connections outside your personal network, as well as regularly updating the vacancies and looking for applicants in LinkedIn, need more than just the basic features.

With how much a LinkedIn Premium subscription costs, you have to decide when to subscribe and when to cancel your subscription.


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