How to Export Your LinkedIn Contacts – Updated Feb 2017
Can you still export your LinkedIn Connections in the new interface? YES you can! Here's the short-cut...
In this article, I’ll show you how to export your connections in LinkedIn (including name and email address) to a spreadsheet or csv file. Once you know how, it’s very simple. However the “Export Connections” button is not easy to find – unless you know where to look!
Exporting your LinkedIn Connections can be useful in order to import or merge the data into your Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Applicant Tracking System (ATS) or recruitment software. Then you’ll be able to contact your LinkedIn connections directly from inside your contact management system.
>>UPDATE: February 22, 2017
As you probably know, LinkedIn recently rolled out a completely new User Interface so the desktop experience matches the mobile interface. (They also removed the Advanced Search functionality from their free accounts, to force us recruiters to buy LinkedIn Recruiter or Sales Navigator. Yes there are ways around this, but that’s a story for another day.)
The question we’re concerned with today is: “can you still export your LinkedIn Connections?”
The answer is YES you can! However, they’ve made the button even harder to find. Sadly, my original article below and video that I spent ages making are now completely redundant. Luckily I found this short-cut…
Simply “cut and paste” the following URL into your browser:
You’ll need to be logged into LinkedIn, and fill out a “Captcha” form to prove you’re not a robot. Then you’ll see a screen like this:
Simply choose your desired file format, and click the “Export” button.
I don’t know how long this will continue to work, but at least for now you can still export your connections. If you’re interested, you can read LinkedIn’s instructions for exporting contacts here. However, their process is a lot more complicated than the one described above, and involves requesting an archive of your LinkedIn data.
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P.S. I’ve left my original article from May 2016 below for posterity. Scroll down if you want to read it, but don’t bother trying to follow the instructions — they won’t work anymore.
Here’s a short 2-minute video tutorial:
Here’s a step-by-step summary with screenshots so you can login to LinkedIn and follow along without having to keep pausing the video:
Step 1. Open Your Connections
Step 2: Click the “Settings” Icon
Step 3: Click “Export LinkedIn Connections”
Then just follow the onscreen instructions. Job done!
NB: If you plan to export your LinkedIn connections for email marketing purposes, proceed with caution. Most people probably won’t mind, however there will be a few who may react negatively.
By the way, I wrote this article in response to a question that came up during my recent webinar: “Email Marketing for Recruiters.” You can get instant access to the webinar replay for just $1 here.