People You May Know Feature - Overview

How does the "People You May Know" feature work?

Last Reviewed: 02/12/2016
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People You May Know shows you connection suggestions based on:

  • Commonalities between you and other members. For example, you may have common connections, similar profile information and experiences, work at the same company or in the same industry, or attended the same school.
  • Contacts you've imported from your email and mobile address books.

Note: We don't scan the content of your messages to suggest results.

You can access People You May Know from your homepage as well as the People You May Know page.

People You May Know on your homepage

An abbreviated list of People You May Know may appear in the upper right corner of your LinkedIn homepage. You can click Connect under a member's name to send an invitation, or Skip to move forward through the list without connecting.

The feature may not show on your homepage if:

  • You have no pending invitations.
  • You've invited all available suggested members.
  • You've removed all available suggested members.
  • There are no suggested members at this time.
  • Your profile is missing key information like current or past companies, positions, schools, or industries.
  • You have numbers, symbols, or special characters in your name fields.
The People You May Know page

To navigate to the People You May Know page, click on the Grow My Network icon at the top right of your homepage.

At the top of the People You May Know page, you can see pending invitations. On each pending invitation, you'll have two options:

  • Accept - Click the Accept icon to add the person as one of your 1st-degree connections.
  • Ignore - Click the Ignore icon to remove the invitation. The other person won't be notified that you've ignored their invitation, so they may try to connect with you again.

If you remove several hundred suggestions within a few days by clicking the X that appears in the top right corner of a suggestion when you move your cursor over it, some results may re-appear the same day you dismiss them.

Learn more about accepting or ignoring invitations.

You may not see any suggestions on this page if:

  • You've invited all available suggestions.
  • You've removed all available suggestions.
  • There are no suggestions at this time.
  • Your profile is missing key information like current or past companies, positions, schools, or industries.

You can update your profile or import your email contacts to help generate more suggestions.

Note: You may see several names with corresponding email addresses in People You May Know. These are contacts you previously uploaded who haven't joined LinkedIn. You can click Add to network to invite them one at a time. However, these invitations can't be personalized.

People You May Know on the mobile app
  1. Tap the My Network tab.
  2. Scroll past the updates from your connections to the People You May Know section.
  3. To invite a person to connect, tap the Connect icon to the right of their name.

You can also dismiss a People You May Know suggestion:

iOS

Swipe left on the person's name to dismiss the suggestion.

Android

Tap the X icon next to the person's name to dismiss the suggestion.

Web-app

Tap the X icon next to the person's name to dismiss the suggestion.

Note: You may see suggestions with only email addresses in People You May Know. These are contacts you previously imported who haven't joined LinkedIn yet. You can click the Connect icon to invite them to join LinkedIn.

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