Social media changes get irritating but you need to export your contacts out of LinkedIn from time to time

All social media changes constantly, the platform I currently like best for B2B is LinkedIn, but you have to keep on top of all their changes. 

I consider that it is a wise precaution from time to time to download a copy of your LinkedIn first degree connections and keep this separately from LinkedIn. Why would you want to do this, you may ask? To which I would answer, for many reasons, one is that you are in control of your contact list and two, LinkedIn may not be here forever!

As a LinkedIn user, you can still download your contacts but it now takes a little longer but it is well worth doing this periodically, if only to ensure you have a record of all your new connections.

Recently I have been asked how to do this, as this changed again recently and below is my step by step guide.

Step one…..


One you have done this, it takes you to the below screen. Click the Account tab near the bottom left of the page, which takes you to the accounts and settings page. Click the Account tab near the bottom left of the page.


One you’ve clicked on the account, this takes you to the next page where you need to request an archive of your data, which is found on the right hand side just above the close your account tab.


Follow the instructions and you’ll get an automated email telling you that it take about 72 hours for it to be compiled, then finally email within 3 days with a link so that you can download and store this elsewhere.

Exporting LinkedIn contacts

You can export all your LinkedIn contacts to a .cvs file and import this file into Excel.

– Step 1: Go to your LinkedIn homepage and choose the ‘connections’  tab ‘ and ‘keep in touch’

– Step 2: Go to ‘settings’ cog in the top right hand corner of the page


– Step 3: Choose ‘Export Linkedin Connections’ in the right hand column on the page

– Step 4: Click ‘Export’

– Step 5: Save the document

And finally Import your exported contacts into a workable Excel file

I hope this hasn’t been too confusing, this is one of those times where you are better working your way through, although there is the LinkedIn help centre which is also under the accounts and setting page but do let me know if you have any questions

Lorna Burroughes

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