The activity section on a LinkedIn profile shows updates about your connections and activity. This includes new connections, work anniversaries, shared posts, comments, and likes. While the activity section provides visibility into your engagement on LinkedIn, some users prefer to remove it for privacy or other reasons.
Should I remove the activity section?
Here are some pros and cons to consider when deciding whether to remove the activity section:
Pros of removing the activity section
- Increases privacy – Activity broadcasts information about your connections and engagement
- Reduces noise – The activity section can create a lot of clutter and irrelevant updates
- Limits distractions – Removing activity can help you and others focus on core profile info
- Avoids misunderstandings – Activity taken out of context could be misinterpreted
Cons of removing the activity section
- Reduces visibility – Limits the ability for connections to see your activity and engagement
- Appears inactive – Removing activity may make you seem less active on LinkedIn
- Loses context – Activity can provide contextual clues about connections
- Removes personal touch – The activity section adds a bit of personality and individuality
Overall, it’s a personal decision whether to show or remove activity based on your priorities and comfort level with sharing information.
How to remove the activity section
If you decide to remove the activity section from your LinkedIn profile, here is how to do it:
- Click on the Me icon in the top nav bar and select Settings & Privacy
- In the left sidebar, click on Communications
- Under Broadcast your activity, uncheck the box next to Share profile edits
- Uncheck the box next to Share job changes
- Click Save
This will prevent any profile edits or new job updates from being broadcast in the activity section moving forward. However, it does not remove your past activity. To do that, continue with the steps below:
- Still in account settings, now click on Privacy in the left sidebar
- Under Profile viewing options, click Customize your public profile
- In the Select sections to show on your public profile menu, locate Activity and toggle the switch off
- Click Save
With activity broadcasting disabled and the section removed from your public profile, your activity will no longer be visible to your connections.
What happens when you remove activity
When you fully remove the activity section from your LinkedIn profile, here is what will happen:
- The activity section will no longer be visible on your public profile
- Connections will not see a feed of your activity and engagement
- Your profile may appear less active without recent updates
- You will have more control over what information is shared
- Past activity remains associated with your account even if not public
- You can still see your own private activity under the Me tab
In summary, removing the activity section only curtails public sharing of new activity. Past activity remains part of your account data. However, without an activity feed, your profile may seem less active.
Pro tips for managing LinkedIn activity
If you want to reduce activity visibility but still maintain some sharing, here are some tips:
Be selective in what you share and comment on
Carefully consider the impact before liking, sharing, or commenting on someone’s post.
Limit profile changes
Edit your profile judiciously. Rapid changes broadcast as activity. Add new jobs/education only when necessary.
Use options like customized public profile viewing and private mode to limit activity exposure.
Toggle activity on and off
You can remove and re-add the activity section as needed. Adjust based on your changing preferences.
Removing the activity section of your LinkedIn profile is a personal choice based on your priorities. While it increases privacy and reduces noise, it also limits visibility. Carefully weigh the pros and cons before deciding what’s right for your profile and career goals.
If you do opt to remove activity, customize your profile visibility and broadcast settings. You can still engage actively on LinkedIn without sharing everything publicly in real-time. Manage your activity and connections strategically for the best results.