How do I upgrade or downgrade my account on LinkedIn?

Sometimes you want to advance your job search and that requires upgrading your LinkedIn account to the premium version. Other times you may not need such advanced features and you wish to downgrade it. Here's how to do both.

A LinkedIn account has many options. Users can choose to upgrade their regular account to a Premium subscription. A premium LinkedIn subscription includes applicant insights, the ability to see who has viewed your profile, on-demand learning, and monthly InMail capabilities that allow you to reach out the hiring managers or potential leads. If you have a LinkedIn account, you can upgrade to a premium account at any time.

Many people will keep a premium account when they are looking for a new job (as an individual) or looking to hire a new employee (as a manager) and will downgrade down to a regular LinkedIn account when they've completed their goal. This is because Premium accounts are a monthly subscription so unless they're covered by your business or company, it's not always beneficial to keep around permanently.

Keep reading for easy-to-follow instructions on how to upgrade or downgrade your LinkedIn account.

Upgrade Your LinkedIn Account to a Premium Subscription

  1. Go to www.linkedin.com

  2. Select 'Sign In' in the top right corner of the page. You will be directed to log in to your account with an email address or phone number, and password.

  3. Select 'Me' in the top right corner of the page, and under 'Account,' select 'Settings & Privacy.'

  4. You will be redirected to a new page. On the menu bar at the top, select 'Account' which is located on the top left.

  5. In the far left there is a small menu with several options. Select 'Subscriptions & Payments' to quickly scroll to this section.

  6. If you have never had a Premium account before, the first option will state 'Try Premium for free.' If you've had a Premium account before, it'll simply offer to upgrade your account back to Premium status. Select this option.

  7. You will be redirected to a new page that asks what you would like your Premium plan to achieve for you. Select the option that works best for your, or click 'Explore all Plans' at the bottom of the page. The options offered to you include:

    • To job search with confidence and get hired

    • To grow my network or manage my reputation

    • To find leads effectively

    • To find and hire talent faster

  8. You will be redirected to a new page that either displays all the Premium plan options, or the option that best fits your needs based on your answer in step seven. The different Premium plans are Sales, Business, Career, and Hiring.

  9. Choose your plan and click on 'Select Plan.'

  10. Follow the instructions as prompted. You will be asked to enter payment details and will be able to confirm the transaction before your account is upgraded.

How to Downgrade Your LinkedIn Account from a Premium Subscription

  1. Go to www.linkedin.com

  2. Select 'Sign In' in the top right corner of the page. You will be directed to log in to your account with an email address or phone number, and password.

  3. Select 'Me' in the top right corner of the page, and under 'Account,' select 'Settings & Privacy.'

  4. You will be redirected to a new page. On the menu bar at the top, select 'Account' which is located on the top left.

  5. In the far left there is a small menu with several options. Select 'Subscriptions & Payments' to quickly scroll to this section.

  6. Under the 'Subscriptions' section, select 'Manage Premium account.'

  7. On the new page, under 'Account Type,' select 'Cancel subscription.'

    • If you purchased your account through iTunes, a message will pop up notifying you that you'll need to cancel your subscription through the iTunes store.

  8. You will be asked to select a reason that you're canceling your account. Choose the option that best applies to your situation and select 'Continue to Cancel.' Depending on the reason you chose for canceling the subscription, a text box may appear that asks you to provide more information. The cancellation reasons are:

    • I didn't use or don't understand any of the Premium features

    • I found a job and don't need this subscription anymore

    • I didn't intend to be billed after the free trial

    • I upgraded for a one-time use/project

    • It's too expensive

    • Other (with the option to add details)

  9. Select 'Confirm cancelation.'

  10. You'll receive an email confirming your subscription has been canceled.

Note that when you cancel your LinkedIn Premium subscription, you'll still have access to the features until the end of the billing period.

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