Sending Messages to Connections and Contacts

How do I send messages to connections or contacts?

Last Reviewed: 08/31/2015
Expand All
Collapse All

You can send a message to your connections from your inbox, your Contacts page, or their profile page. The message will be sent to the recipient's inbox and possibly to their email address, depending on their LinkedIn notification settings. Learn more about attaching files to your messages.

To send a message to 1 or more connections from your inbox:
  1. Click the Inbox icon at the top of your homepage.
  2. Click New on the left.
  3. Type your connection's first or last name in the To field. You can add up to 50 recipients.
    • To browse a list of connections to whom you'd like to send a message, follow the instructions below on sending a message from the Contacts page instead.
  4. Enter a subject in the Subject field and type your message in the text box.
  5. Uncheck the box next to "Allow recipients to see each other's names and email addresses" if you're writing to more than 1 person and you don't want them to see one another's information.
  6. Click Send Message.
To send a message to 1 or more connections from your Contacts page:
  1. Move your cursor over Connections at the top of your homepage and select Keep in Touch.
  2. Find the person you want to send a message to and move your cursor over their information.
  3. Click the Message link that appears under their name.

Note: If the contact you've selected are synced from an email account, you may have the option to select Send via LinkedIn Message or Send via…(email provider).

  • Click Send via…(email provider) to send a message from your email account to that person's email. The message won't appear in either one of your LinkedIn inboxes.
  • If you don't see Send via LinkedIn Message on the message template, you're not connected to the person on LinkedIn. They are simply saved to your contacts. Sending them an email is the only option unless you send them an invitation to connect.
To send a group message to multiple connections from your Contacts page:
  1. Move your cursor over Connections at the top of your homepage and select Keep in Touch.
  2. Click Filter by and select Connections Only. You can also filter by Company, Tag, Location, Title, and Source.
  3. Check the boxes next to the connections you'd like to send a message to.
    • Note: You can send a message to up to 50 connections at a time.
  4. Click the Message link above the list of contacts.
  5. Enter a subject and write your message.
  6. Uncheck the box next to "Allow recipients to see each other's names and email addresses" if you are writing to more than 1 person and you don't want them to see one another's information.
  7. Click Send Message.
To send a message from a connection's profile page:
  1. Go to your connection's profile page.
  2. Click the Send a message button at the top.
  3. Enter a subject line in the Subject field.
  4. Type your message in the text box.
  5. Click Send Message.

Notes:

  • You can only send a group message to people you're connected to.
  • To message a contact who's not a connection, you must message them individually.
  • To send a copy of your message to your inbox, add yourself as a recipient.
  • A copy of sent messages will be saved in your Sent folder.

Important: We recently improved the messaging experience to make it easier for you to have professional conversations on LinkedIn. Please note that the new experience will be gradually rolled out to all members, and we are not granting early access requests.

Learn more about the features and functionalities of the new LinkedIn messaging experience.

Was this answer helpful?