How To Use LinkedIn Private Mode and Why Use It.

How To Use LinkedIn Private Mode and Why Use It.

How To Use LinkedIn Private Mode and Why Use It.

In this video, I will show you how to use LinkedIn’s private mode and explore the different settings for viewing profiles.

By adjusting your visibility preferences, you can control what information is displayed when you view someone’s profile.

Pay attention to the options for profile characteristics, such as your business or sector, and where you’re from.

Take note of the implications of each option, as it will be visible to others when they check who’s viewed their profile.

Understanding these settings will help you navigate LinkedIn’s private mode effectively.

Have you ever wanted to check someone’s profile without them finding out?

What is Private Mode on LinkedIn

LinkedIn’s Private Mode is a feature that enables LinkedIn users to browse other users’ profiles anonymously.

LinkedIn Analytics : When you visit someone’s profile, they will receive a notification in their profile views analytics by default

If a LinkedIn member has the private mode setting applied, you will not be able to see who the person is who visits your profile, as explained in the video.

Profile viewing settings allow you to control what information other LinkedIn members can see when you visit their profile.

Turning your profile private doesn’t mean nobody can see your profile.

This means that you can view someone’s LinkedIn profile without them being aware, allowing you to browse anonymously.

Notes about LinkedIn Private Mode

All LinkedIn users with FREE or Premium Accounts can access LinkedIn Private Mode with ease on desktop and mobile devices.

FREE LinkedIn accounts have limitations in using private mode.

Free Account

Basic (free) account

The LinkedIn Basic account will have the following Who’s viewed your profile features:

  • If you have set your profile viewing options to display your name and headline when viewing profiles, you’ll see the five most recent viewers in the last 90 days, as well as a list of suggestions for increasing your profile views.
  • The list displays viewer insights such as:
    • Number of profile viewers
    • Interesting views
    • Where your profile viewers work
    • Where they found your profile
    • Their job titles

Business and Premium Career Accounts

A Premium Business and a Premium Career subscriber will be able to see list of viewers, viewer trends, and insights for the past 365 days.

Read the full help article from LinkedIn

Neither FREE or Premium accounts can see who viewed their profile if that person has private mode switched on.

When is the Right Time to Utilize LinkedIn Private Mode?

In many instances, it is advisable not to keep your profile on private mode, since you may wish to demonstrate your interest in others and their businesses.

And by keeping it non-private you can see who is viewing your profile.

By keeping your profile public, you can track who views it. However, there are instances where switching to a private profile is more beneficial.

4 Ways to Make the Most of LinkedIn’s Private Mode

  1. Hiring New Staff: When considering potential candidates.

LinkedIn is an indispensable tool for recruiters to discover quality talent and candidates for jobs.

At the beginning of your recruitment process, it is recommended to utilize LinkedIn’s private mode.

If someone applies to your job post, It is advisable to use LinkedIn’s private mode at the start of your hiring process.
Using private mode allows you to quietly study an applicant’s profile and determine whether they are a fit the job description

Once you have a list of candidates, switch back to public mode and send them an invitation request.

Here is a Podcast I created recently which you could find helpful for recruiting on LinkedIn

Why Use LinkedIn for Hiring Top Talent

  1. Business Research on Your Competitors Without Them Noticing

Examining your competitors’ performance on LinkedIn can provide valuable insights on areas where you can improve.

Whether you are analyzing company employees or individual users, if they see who you are they might get an idea of what you are doing.

When examining businesses, employees or LinkedIn users, if they see who you are and what you are doing it might attract attention that is not in your interest.

By using private mode, you can examine your competition without their knowledge, giving you an advantage over them

By seeing how they behave, you could get ideas on how to outperform them.

  1. Expanding Your Linkedin Network

Using private mode is an excellent way to get started with your LinkedIn networking plan..

Getting started your profile may need work as our career changes and develops. We acquire new skills and other skills become outdated or you change direction in your career.

It is important we keepour LinkedIn profile update to build trust and showcase our achivements and progress.

A little progress every day adds up to BIG results.

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Or are you starting from scratch creating your LinkedIn account and profile.

Have you considered using private mode and do your research so you connect , with the right people who can help you build your business and career.

If you try to connect before your profile is ready, you are less likely to be accepted. Credibility is a very important to build trust and help you achieve results on LinkedIn.

By keeping your profile private, you can create a list of people you wish to connect with and save them for when the time is right.

After you find people you believe you know, or if they work in your industry, you can make your profile public to visit their profiles, so they get a notification and potentially visit yours back.

Once you discover individuals who are a fit for what you are trying to achieve. Is that people who could be potential customers, influencers to help you stay ahead of your competition, or people who can educate you and help you develop skills for your career.

By making your profile public for viewing LinkedIn members will receive a notification and might visit your profile in return. To learn more about you.

That is why very important to have your profile up to date. Not outdate and not relevant.

With all the information you acquired about them, it’s just a matter of sending a personalized message and connecting.

After doing your research and deciding whom you wish to connect to send a personalized, that is relevant and easy to understand for a busy time shy professional.

That will encourage the connection to accept your request.

Here is a previous article I wrote you could find of interest

Expanding engagement in your LinkedIn network for your content?

  1. Creating Lists of Leads

Using LinkedIn to generate sales you will understand how it is essential that you are connecting with people who can help you grow your business.

Activating private mode enables you to collect information and compile lead lists discreetly before you get in touch.

Once you have a list of leads and are prepared to start your LinkedIn outreach efforts, you can start off by initiating the conversation with a connection request message.

The benefits of employing this LinkedIn marketing plan for lead generation:

It’s personalized – By mentioning something specific that is relevant to your prospect, they will be more likely to start a conversation

By using private mode – you’ll avoid appearing like a stalker who repeatedly visited prospects’ profiles but rather as someone who checked once before reaching out.


Using LinkedIn’s private mode has many benefits when you want to view LinkedIn in private without anyone knowing it.

Another article I wrote you might find of interest

Creating Leads On LinkedIn

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