Yes, it is possible to take screenshots of messages on LinkedIn. While LinkedIn does not have a built-in screenshot feature, there are a few different ways to capture images of conversations and messages on the platform.
Using Your Computer’s Screenshot Tool
The easiest way to take a screenshot on LinkedIn is using your computer’s built-in screenshot tool. On Windows computers, you can press the “Print Screen” button to copy the entire screen, or use “Alt + Print Screen” to copy just the currently active window. On Macs, you can press “Command + Shift + 3” to screenshot the full screen, or “Command + Shift + 4” then click and drag to select a specific area to capture.
To screenshot a LinkedIn conversation:
- Open the conversation thread in LinkedIn that you want to capture.
- Press “Print Screen” or your computer’s shortcut to take the screenshot.
- Open an image editing program like Paint or Photoshop and paste the image (Ctrl + V on Windows or Command + V on Mac).
- Crop the image if needed, then save a copy.
This will give you a screenshot of the entire conversation that you can save, edit, and share.
Using Browser Extensions
There are various free screenshot extensions or add-ons available for major web browsers like Chrome and Firefox. These make it easy to capture all or part of a web page with just a click. Some popular options include:
- Lightshot – Allows quick screenshots with customizable capture tools.
- Fireshot – Full or partial page screenshots with editing tools.
- Nimbus – Screen video recording and annotation capabilities.
To use these:
- Install the extension for your browser.
- Open the LinkedIn conversation you want to screenshot.
- Click the extension’s capture button to take the screenshot.
- Use the extension’s tools to edit, save, and share the image.
These browser add-ons provide more flexibility than your computer’s built-in tools.
On Mobile Devices
All mobile devices like smartphones and tablets include ways to take screenshots within the operating system. This allows you to easily screenshot the LinkedIn app.
On iPhone and iPad, press the Side button and Volume Up button at the same time. On Android, press Power and Volume Down together. The screenshot will be automatically saved to your camera roll or photos app.
You can then crop or edit the image as needed before sharing.
With Third-Party Apps
There are also various third-party screenshot and screen recording apps you can use to capture screens and conversations on mobile devices or computers.
Some examples for mobile include:
- AZ Screen Recorder (Android)
- Screenshot Maker Pro (iPhone/iPad)
And on Mac and Windows computers:
These tools provide advanced options like annotating, editing, and sharing screenshots directly within the app.
Tips for Taking Screenshots on LinkedIn
Here are some tips to follow when taking screenshots of LinkedIn messages and conversations:
- Crop out any identifying profile pictures or information if you plan to share the screenshot publicly.
- Be aware that the other person will get a notification if you screenshot a private 1-on-1 conversation.
- For privacy reasons, avoid taking screenshots of conversations in private LinkedIn Groups.
- Turn on Do Not Disturb mode on mobile to avoid disruptive notifications while screenshotting.
- Edit or blur any sensitive information before sharing the screenshot.
- Ensure you have permission if you want to screenshot a conversation with a connection and share it externally.
Ethical and Legal Considerations
While you can technically take a screenshot of any messages on LinkedIn, there are some ethical and legal considerations to keep in mind:
- Avoid taking screenshots of private conversations and distributing them without permission.
- Do not share screenshots publicly if they contain offensive, abusive, or confidential information.
- Respect the privacy and preferences of your connections if screenshotting 1-on-1 conversations.
- Abide by LinkedIn’s User Agreement – do not use screenshots for harassment, impersonation, or other policy violations.
In general, it is wise to ask permission before screenshotting a private discussion and sharing it externally. And always be prudent about what screenshots you share publicly.
Why You Might Want To Screenshot LinkedIn Messages
Here are some common reasons people take screenshots of LinkedIn messages and conversations:
- To save important information – Such as job offers, business proposals, contact details, etc.
- To record interactions – For instance, abusive messages that violate LinkedIn policies.
- To show connections – Like sharing positive feedback or accomplishments.
- For marketing and business purposes – Such as showcasing client interactions and testimonials.
- For training and tutorials – Screenshots can illustrate how to use certain LinkedIn features.
Alternatives to Screenshots
In some cases, there may be better options than taking screenshots of LinkedIn messages:
- Save attachments – Download any files, images or documents shared instead of screenshotting.
- Copy text – For blocks of text, copy and paste into a document instead.
- Export data – Use LinkedIn’s data export tool to save a copy of conversations.
- Article links – Share a link to relevant LinkedIn articles rather than screenshots.
Evaluating alternatives like these can help maintain privacy and ensure you have original copies of the content.
The Bottom Line
LinkedIn does not offer an integrated screenshot tool, but it is possible to capture screenshots of LinkedIn messages and conversations through your device’s built-in tools, browser extensions, and third-party apps. This allows you to save important information, record interactions, and more. However, be mindful of privacy, permission, and LinkedIn’s policies when taking and distributing screenshots.