LinkedIn is the largest and most popular professional networking platform with over 690+ million users in more than 200 countries. Whether you are a recent graduate and want to explore more job opportunities, an employer looking to hire better prospective candidates, or a self-employed professional who wants to improve their personal brand, it is crucial to register on LinkedIn and set up a good profile. Access to job boards would allow you to seek better job opportunities while networking with fellow professionals would help you to develop your brand, ranking better on Google.
However, most of the benefits of using LinkedIn are hidden behind a paywall which is only accessible after you subscribe to the premium LinkedIn plans. Unfortunately, a premium plan may not benefit every individual or business and they might want to cancel their LinkedIn Premium subscription plan.
Why people want to cancel LinkedIn Premium
There are 4 main reasons why an individual or business may want to cancel their LinkedIn Premium. They are listed below:
They want to cancel their free trial
Users can enjoy a free month of any LinkedIn Premium plan. This offer allows them to experience the benefits of subscribing to a premium LinkedIn plan without spending a dime for the first 30 days. This is an incredible advantage to any individual or business that genuinely wants to utilize the premium features to fulfill their goals.
Unfortunately, many users subscribe to the free trial on a whim just to see what it’s like even though they may not really need it. So, they waste a precious resource and panic when the trial period nears its end. The only option left for them is to cancel the subscription.
They subscribed by accident
Novice users who are accessing LinkedIn for the first time and are not tech-savvy may subscribe to a premium LinkedIn plan by accident. Since they didn’t subscribe by choice, it is only natural that they want to cancel the premium subscription.
If you are in the same situation, we recommended that you don’t panic and cancel the subscription right away. There is no risk of being charged if you cancel the subscription 2-3 days before the trial period ends. During this period, you can get familiar with the features of the plan to understand whether canceling is a good idea.
They subscribed to the wrong plan or want to change the current plan
Currently, there are 4 types of LinkedIn premium plans that you can subscribe to – Career, Business, Sales, Hiring. Each of these offer unique features that are suitable for different purposes. Sometimes, a user may accidentally subscribe to a different plan than the one they intended to subscribe to. In such a case, they have to cancel the current plan and subscribe to the plan that they want.
Sometimes, a user may have different expectations when using a plan. For eg., if a user wants to boost their revenue, both the Sales and the Business plan can be helpful in the long term.
They don’t see the effectiveness of using the premium plan
People who are limited on time, money, or lack technical expertise would not be able to utilize all the features of a premium LinkedIn plan to the fullest. As a result, they might not notice incredible results. It can also happen that they have found a better alternative to LinkedIn for boosting sales or improving their brand value. For eg., Physical networking or SEO forums. If they only have the time and money to invest in only one resource, they have to pursue that until otherwise.
The steps to cancel LinkedIn Premium
When you cancel your Premium subscription, your account would be reverted to the free Basic account. You would lose access to important premium features including Who’s Viewed My Profile, InMail, LinkedIn Pages, and premium insights on job postings. Plus, your usage may get restricted due to the commercial use limit. You should note that once you cancel a free trial, you wouldn’t be eligible to subscribe to another free trial before 12 months have passed.
Now, let’s discuss how you can cancel your LinkedIn Premium subscription from your desktop below:
- Open your LinkedIn homepage and click on the Me icon on the top right corner.
- From the dropdown menu, click on the Premium subscription settings.
- Next, click on Cancel subscription under the Manage Premium account settings.
- Finally, you have to click on Continue to complete the cancelation process
If you use an Android Device – Currently, there is no method to cancel the Premium subscription from an Android device. However, if you use LinkedIn from a mobile browser or use the LinkedIn Lite App, you can visit the settings for canceling your premium subscription by clicking on this link.
If you use an iOS device – Unfortunately, it is not possible to cancel your premium subscription or claim a refund if you have made the purchase through iTunes. This is due to the account management and user privacy policies of the Apple iTunes app. If you use an iOS device, you have to use the iTunes app on your iOS device to cancel your premium subscription.
Here is how to cancel your subscription by accessing iTunes on desktop:
- Open iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Click on Account>View My Account located on the top of the iTunes window.
- Then, use your Apple ID to authenticate yourself and click View Account.
- Next, scroll down to the Settings section on the Account Information page.
- After that, click Manage>Edit
- Next, click on Cancel Subscription and make sure to click Confirm.
You can also use the iTunes mobile app to cancel your Premium subscription. Here is how to do that:
- Tap this link to open the iTunes Subscription Management Settings page.
- Sign In or verify your Apple ID.
- Tap the LinkedIn> Cancel Subscription located on the bottom of the screen.
- Tap Confirm to complete the process of cancelation.
You would be able to continue to enjoy the benefits of the premium subscription until the current billing period ends. If you encounter any problems with the above process, you can contact Apple support to get help.
How to cancel your Recruiter Lite account
Before you cancel your Recruiter Lite account, you should contact your LinkedIn account manager or a customer service representative to see if they can help you in any other way. Once you cancel your Recruiter Lite account, you would lose all the data associated with that account including job postings and projects. Your InMail messages would be deleted and your InMail credits cannot be transferred to your personal LinkedIn account. So, make sure to use all the InMail credits before canceling your account.
Also, you won’t receive any responses to previously sent InMail after the Recruiter Lite account is canceled. And, if you decide to use a Recruiter Lite account again in the future, you have to start with a new account. Make sure to contact LinkedIn support to transfer unused job credits. Your personal LinkedIn account won’t be affected in any way after you cancel your Recruiter Lite account.
Now, follow the steps below to cancel Recruiter Lite account:
- Log in to your Recruiter Lite account and visit the homepage.
- Next, move your cursor to the top and hover it over ‘More’ to select the Admin Settings.
- From the Manage Your Account box, click Cancel Subscription. Then, you just need to follow the series of guidelines to complete the cancelation process.
You have the option to undo the cancelation process by clicking on ‘Undo’ beside the cancelation date in the Manage Your Account box.
How to cancel your Sales Navigator account
Before canceling your Sales Navigator account, you must know that all the critical information and data in your account such as saved leads, messages, and saved accounts will disappear forever and there is no way to recover them after your Sale Navigator account is canceled. The only exception may be if you want to transfer data between Sales Navigator accounts because you got a corporate license. Considering social media manager for your LinkedIn account? Check this for benefits.
Also, make sure to use all the InMail credits before canceling your account as you would lose them too. In the future, you have to start with a new account if you want to resubscribe to the Sales Navigator account.
Here are the steps that you need to follow to cancel your Sales Navigator account:
- Log in to your Sales Navigator account and visit the homepage.
- Hover your cursor over your photo and click on Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Click on Cancel Subscription under Account Type.
- Follow the series of steps listed on the popup to complete the cancelation process.
If an admin on your team has granted you the subscription, you will see a message notifying you to contact them before the cancelation process is completed.
It is a straightforward process to cancel LinkedIn Premium accounts if you follow the steps listed above. Just make sure you cancel it at least one day before the billing period ends to avoid getting charged again. If you encounter any complications in the process of cancelation, it is a good idea to contact the customer support to avoid wasting your time and worrying unnecessarily.
Famoid Blog – 2020