There may come a time when you want to withdraw some of your past sent LinkedIn invitations (which haven’t been accepted).
It’s easy to do withdraw LinkedIn invitations that haven’t yet been accepted and no, the person to whom you sent the invite does not get a notification that you withdrew the request.
I personally do this often after a connection request hasn’t been accepted after a week or two. Most people regularly check LinkedIn, so if they haven’t accepted your invite by then, it’s safe to say that they aren’t going to at that point (sorry).
You can easily view your LinkedIn sent invitations and withdraw any that are still waiting for a response from the recipient (from your desktop). These invitations will sit in this “waiting room” or “LinkedIn purgatory” as I like to call it forever unless you manually withdraw them. There is no downside to keeping them in this area, but if you go to that person’s profile, you will see a “pending” in the “connect” area and they will see an “accept” or “ignore” notification from you.
- Withdrawing a LinkedIn invitation will stop the recipient from receiving any further reminder emails to accept the invitation.
- If you withdraw an invitation, the recipient won’t be notified.
- If the recipient has already accepted your invitation to connect, you still have the option to remove them as a connection.
- You cannot unblock or view your blocked invitations. Learn more about adjusting your settings for who can send you invitations.
To view and withdraw your sent invitations:
- Click the My Network icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
- You can accept or ignore any pending invitations displayed at the top of the page.
- Click See all [number] next to Invitations at the top of the My Network page.
- You’ll be redirected to the Manage invitations page.
- Click the Sent tab under Manage invitations. Note: You’ll see a list of invitations you’ve sent to People, Pages, and Events that are still waiting for a response.
- Click Withdraw next to a recipient’s name.
- In the pop-up that appears, confirm your decision.
It’s worth noting that once you withdraw an invite, you can’t send that person another invite for three weeks. They can however, send you an invitation during that period.
I hope this clears up how to withdraw LinkedIn invites that haven’t been accepted. Also, please don’t feel badly in any way that some of your LinkedIn invitations aren’t accepted – it’s par for the course when it comes to online networking and it happens to everyone, including me.