How to Block Someone on LinkedIn (Steps for 2024)

As a small business consultant who regularly uses LinkedIn to network and market my services, I occasionally need to block unwanted connections. Severing ties instantly with the click of a button can be tempting. However, because blocking someone is permanent, I only use it as a last resort in dealing with inappropriate behavior.

In my experience, these steps allow me to block effectively when necessary, while maintaining the widest possible productive network.

Know When It‘s Time to Block

Out of LinkedIn‘s 830+ million members, you‘re bound to encounter some unsavory characters. Blocking can shield you from various types of objectionable behavior:

  • Harassment: Sexual advances, threats, and other abusive messages should always be reported. Blocking prevents further contact.
  • Unwanted soliciting: Multi-level marketing recruiters and salespeople often disregard requests to stop messaging.
  • Spam: Oftentimes from bot accounts, spam messages may contain phishing links or advertising.
  • Misinformation: Former coworkers or connections spreading false claims about you or your business.
  • Unprofessionalism: Insulting or inappropriate comments from those you‘ve severed ties with.

As a small business owner, I only block when messages become overly intrusive or inappropriate. If I merely want to avoid seeing someone‘s non-abusive posts, I quietly unfollow them instead.

Step-By-Step Guide to Blocking on LinkedIn

Once you‘ve decided blocking is necessary, doing so is quick and straightforward.

On LinkedIn‘s website:

  1. Navigate to the profile of the user you wish to block.
  2. Click the More dropdown next to the Message button.
  3. Choose Report/Block from the menu.
  4. Select a reason for blocking and click Continue.
  5. Confirm by clicking Block on the next screen.

On the LinkedIn mobile app:

  1. Go to the profile of the user you want to block.
  2. Tap the 3-dot icon next to Message.
  3. Choose Report/Block from the menu.
  4. Pick a reason to block and tap Continue.
  5. Finalize the block by tapping Block.

LinkedIn Block User Example

Blocking quickly prevents further unwanted communication without notification.

What Blocking Means for the User

Once blocked, here‘s what the user experiences:

  • Your profile and activity become invisible to them.
  • Any shared connections are severed.
  • They cannot message or connect with you.
  • Your name vanishes from their search results.
  • Views of your profile are no longer logged.

Blocking is like turning on incognito mode towards another user. They often notice the sudden lack of access but receive no notice about being blocked.

When to Unblock

If blocking was an impulsive decision or the situation improves, reversing your action is easy:

  1. Go to your Settings & Privacy page.
  2. Select Blocking under Visibility.
  3. Locate the member and click Unblock.
  4. Confirm removing the block.

As of 2022, over 80 million LinkedIn members have had negative experiences including harassment and bullying. However, blocking should not be your only recourse.

I recommend additionally reporting truly abusive profiles to LinkedIn before blocking to help curb bad behavior on the platform.

Muting Instead of Blocking

For minor annoyances, muting provides an alternative to blocking:

  • Unfollow to stop seeing someone‘s posts while remaining connected.
  • Turn on Private Mode to browse anonymously and avoid signaling you‘re online.
  • Adjust Notifications settings so you‘re alerted only about relevant activity.

Key Takeaways

Blocking on LinkedIn is an extreme measure with its uses. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Only block if communication becomes threatening, offensive, or intrusive.
  • Report harassment and spam to LinkedIn in addition to blocking.
  • Expect the blocked person to notice the lack of access immediately.
  • Unblock promptly if resolving the conflict.
  • For everyday annoyances, muting or unfollowing prevents having to block.

While an important tool, blocking should not be your go-to solution for minor disagreements. With over 830 million members, you never know when a connection may become valuable.