What if I told you that there was a cool visual way to view and then request new connections to your LinkedIn network and it was so easy that all you had to do was to hold up your smartphone and scan a QR code?

Well, it exists – pretty exciting, right? (it’s a relatively new feature that was introduced in June 2018) and many people don’t know about it, because LinkedIn doesn’t always do a great job of letting its users know when it makes enhancements to its platform. Take full advantage of this nifty tool and impress the lawyers with whom you work and your colleagues.

This feature isn’t easy to find on the app unless you know where you are looking (unfortunately you can’t do this from the desktop version of LinkedIn). Those four square icons to the right of the search bar on the home page (see photo) are the gateway to finding your LinkedIn QR code, and it’s only reachable on that page on the app. How’s that for making it user friendly?  You can do better than that LinkedIn!

So, what is a QR code anyway? QR codes (which stands for Quick Response Codes) are machine-readable matrix barcodes that consist of information about the item to which it is attached (which is typically a URL) and stored by your smartphone’s camera. It was originally developed for process optimization in the logistics of the automotive industry, but the codes found their way into mobile marketing with the widespread usage of smartphones.

While the usage of QR codes for marketing and business development has dwindled in recent years (you don’t find many popular apps supporting them anymore), but they can be very useful when used in the right context, such as a connection and branding tool. You can even take it one step further and use QR codes as a revenue generation aid, but that’s for a different article.

Personally, I have had the most success with LinkedIn QR codes when I am presenting at a conference and want to make it easy for audience members add me to their network. Smply include your LinkedIn QR code as your last presentation slide, and watch your LinkedIn connection requests skyrocket. You’ll also impress attendees with your knowledge of this cool trick because many of them have not seen it before. In the everyday world, show your colleagues and those for whom you work how to use this and they will think you are a superstar!

Here’s how to find your LinkedIn QR code (Note: Other users can scan your QR code by pointing their device’s camera at your device’s screen).

iOS users

Make sure you’ve downloaded the most current version of the LinkedIn mobile app.

To find your QR code:

  1. Open the LinkedIn app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap the  QR code in the Search bar at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  3. Tap the My code tab to find your QR code.
  4. You can tap:
    1.  Share my code to share your QR code via message, email or other third-party apps.
    2.  Save to photos to save a copy of your QR code to your mobile device’s photo gallery.
  5. Tap an option from the dropdown that appears and follow the prompts.

Android users

Make sure you’ve downloaded the most current version of the LinkedIn mobile app.

To find your QR code:

  1. Open the LinkedIn app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap the  QR code in the Search bar at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  3. Tap the MY CODE tab to find your QR code.
  4. You can tap  SAVE TO GALLERY to save a copy of your QR code to your mobile device’s photo gallery.

Note, that while LinkedIn QR codes make it much easier to find and request someone, the codes only show someone your profile and give them the ability to request you as a connection. Each person still has to go through the same vetting process whereby you need to manually accept their request. So you still have complete control over your profile and your network.

Final Thoughts

Adding your LinkedIn QR code makes sharing your profile and connecting with others easier, not to mention more tech savvy. You no longer need to rummage through your bag for a business card or ask someone how to spell their name. Eventually these QR codes will replace LinkedIn URLs as the more preferred way of sharing profiles with others because of their visual nature. You may also want to include your LinkedIn QR code on the back of your business card to make it easy for business connections to connect with you.

Try scanning and saving your LinkedIn QR code and adding it to your next big presentation, and use it in your lawyers’  speaking engagement materials and pitches. Let me know how it goes!