How To Withdraw An Invitation On LinkedIn? [in 2023]

Written by: Emily Anderson
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LinkedIn is a great way to connect with other professionals; it can be tricky to know when and how to use invitations.

While building your professional network is an excellent reason to add individuals to your network, you may want to withdraw the invitation at some point in the future. This article will discuss how someone can withdraw an invitation on LinkedIn.

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial on how to withdraw an invitation on LinkedIn, check out this video tutorial:

Why It Makes Sense to Cancel a LinkedIn Invitation Request?

People send invitations to contacts you want to connect with on LinkedIn. This is because you want to:

  • More easily message their contacts
  • Know when their contacts are changing positions
  • See their contact history and skills on their profile

While these are all great reasons, there’s a reason you might want to cancel the invite: you already have a connection with that person!

Many people don’t know don’t that they’re connected… so they send an invitation request. If you get a connection request from someone you think you’re connected with, you can ignore it. They won’t be offended by the rejection, and it will save everyone time for them not to have to send a rejection of their own.

How to withdraw an invitation on LinkedIn?

If you have a connection request on LinkedIn, you probably didn’t do anything about it. After all, it’s just someone you know-a co-worker, a friend from high school, your dad’s dads. You might even have accepted the request just because it was convenient How to cancel a LinkedIn invitation request? You can do it in one of the following ways:

  1. Log in to your account and go to Settings
  2. Here you will be able to withdraw your consent for receiving invitations from people you don’t don’t
  3. Go to the profile of the person who sent you the invitation
  4. Click the Cancel button in the blue box on the bottom right corner of their profile.
  5. Hover over the person person’s.
  6. A box with a Cancel button will appear.
  7. Click it to cancel the invitation.
  8. Confirm that you would like to withdraw your consent by clicking the Cancel button.

What Happens When You Withdraw a Connection Request?

When you withdraw a connection request in LinkedIn, the person who sent it will be notified that you have done so, and they can view the message you sent them explaining why.

When users click the “X” to “e” over someone from their network, they may be surprised to find that what happens next is not a confirmation message. The person is removed with no knowledge of the action.

When a user adds someone to their network, they see a preview of what will happen when they accept.

This includes sending a connection request and receiving a notification when the other person has received it. However, when they withdraw it, there is no notification given to the other person, and they never receive any information explaining why their request was withdrawn.

Can’t Withdraw a LinkedIn Connection Request?

If you’re you’re the many LinkedIn users who have sent a connection request to someone only to realize later that you want to retract it, then don’t hope!

You can follow some simple steps that will allow you to withdraw the request and remove that person from your LinkedIn connections.

  1. Click on the person’s LinkedIn connections. This will take you to their profile page.
  2. Click on the ‘Connection located at the top of their profile page. This will display a list of all connection requests sent to you.
  3. Select the connection request you want to withdraw and click on ‘Remove ‘Connection.’ Confirm your selection by clicking ‘Remove.’ Note’: If you cannot remove the connection request from your LinkedIn account,,, likely, the other person has not accepted your request. If you are unable to remove a connection request, wait for them to accept your request, and then you can remove them at a later date.
  4. Go back to your connections page and click on ‘Connections’ again’ This will refresh the list of connections so that you can send another connection request to someone else.

Can You Cancel a LinkedIn Invitation After 24 Hours?

Yes, you can cancel a LinkedIn invitation after 24 hours. If you have sent an invitation to someone who has not accepted it within 24 hours, you can cancel the invitation.

You can also do this if you have been invited by someone but want to decline their invitation. You need to follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your LinkedIn account
  2. Go to “Inbox” “on the top-right corner of your screen
  3. Click on invitation.
  4. Find the invitation that you want to cancel, and c
  5. lick on Cancel Invitation.


It’s a courtesy to withdraw an invitation on LinkedIn if you decide that you no longer want to remain connected.

Many people don’t think that this is a function of the platform and think it isn’t. There are many reasons why someone would want to withdraw an invitation to connect on LinkedIn.

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