How to Cancel LinkedIn Premium


LinkedIn Premium is a great tool if you’re a corporate recruiter, someone who does a lot of contract work, someone who is passionate about networking, or you’re looking for your next career opportunity. But the price for the service is steep. Thankfully, whether you tried it and don’t feel like it’s worth it, or you only needed it for a few months to find a new job or make some new connections, LinkedIn Premium is relatively easy to cancel.

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Steps to Cancel LinkedIn Premium

  1. Click the drop-down arrow beneath your LinkedIn profile icon to open a menu, and then click “Premium Features” in that menu. The Premium Account and Features screen is displayed.

  1. Click “Manage Subscription” on this screen. A Manage Premium Account screen is displayed.

  1. Click “Cancel Subscription.” The next screen shows you what benefits you’ll lose when you cancel LinkedIn Premium.

  1. Scroll down this screen and then click “Continue to Cancel.” A window pops up showing you more of the LinkedIn Premium benefits you’ll lose when you cancel your subscription.

  1. Click “Continue to Cancel.” The next screen will prompt you for the reason your cancelling.

  1. Choose your reason for cancelling LinkedIn Premium, and then click “Confirm Cancellation.” Another pop-up appears trying to get you to keep LinkedIn Premium at a discounted rate.

  1. Click “Confirm Cancellation.”

The next screen confirms that your LinkedIn Premium subscription has been cancelled, and lets you know what date you’ll have access to LinkedIn Premium through.

Reasons to Cancel LinkedIn Premium

1. Cost Concerns

Many LinkedIn users evaluate the value they receive against the cost of their Premium subscription. When weighing the benefits and tools, some find the monthly or annual fees steep. Especially for those on tight budgets, this subscription might seem more like a luxury than a necessity. Financial constraints push users to reconsider their subscriptions. Tightening one’s belt often means eliminating non-essential expenses, and LinkedIn Premium might be on the chopping block. Affordability plays a major role in subscription choices.

2. Under-utilization

It’s common for subscribers to opt for Premium, expecting to leverage its advanced features extensively. Over time, some realize they rarely use these extra tools. For them, the basic LinkedIn functionalities suffice. When premium tools collect digital dust, it’s hard to justify the continued expense. Just like gym memberships, if you’re not using it, it might not be worth the fee.

3. Job Change

LinkedIn Premium is especially beneficial for job seekers. It offers enhanced visibility and networking options. But once a user lands their desired role, the urgency fades. The drive to connect with potential employers or recruiters diminishes. Transitioning into a new job means new responsibilities and less time for networking. Thus, the Premium subscription can become redundant for content employees.

4. Inadequate Results

Expectations can be high when investing in LinkedIn Premium. Users seek tangible outcomes, be it job opportunities, expanded networks, or sales leads. However, not everyone experiences the anticipated success. When the return on investment feels meager, dissatisfaction grows. If Premium doesn’t deliver on its promise, users may feel shortchanged. They question the worth of their financial commitment.

5. Switching Platforms

The digital world offers a plethora of networking and professional platforms. Some users might discover alternatives to LinkedIn that align better with their needs. Platforms with niche focuses or distinct functionalities can draw users away. When another platform offers similar or better value, the allure of LinkedIn Premium can wane. Loyalty shifts when users find a platform that better resonates with their goals.

6. Temporary Need

Some professionals turn to LinkedIn Premium for specific, short-term objectives. For instance, a user might upgrade while actively seeking a new job. Once the goal is met, the added features of Premium become unnecessary. Temporary challenges require temporary solutions. After the hurdle is crossed, the extra tools and functionalities might lose their charm.

7. Billing Issues

Transparent and hassle-free billing is crucial for retaining subscribers. Occasionally, users might encounter unexpected charges or billing discrepancies. Such experiences can breed mistrust. Financial glitches, even if unintentional, can tarnish LinkedIn’s reputation in a user’s eyes. When faith in a platform’s billing integrity wavers, users often reconsider their subscription.

8. Trial Period Ending

Promotions are a common tactic to lure new subscribers. LinkedIn’s Premium trials are no exception. However, when the trial sunsets, users confront the decision to pay or downgrade. Many trial users enjoy the perks without any financial commitment. Once faced with actual costs, some opt out, preferring to revert to the cost-free version.

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