How to Export Your LinkedIn Contacts – Value Exchange
How to Export Your LinkedIn Contacts – Value Exchange
Your LinkedIn Connections are YOURS. You’ve worked hard to build-relationships, personalise Connection request messages and construct a credible reputation for yourself as a thought leader in your field by publishing regular, insightful content.
As with anything you own, you deserve to have a copy of it. That way should LinkedIn restrict your account for any reason, you have a trusty copy of your hard-earned valuable Connections.
Note: Your LinkedIn Connections are people you are Connected with on LinkedIn because you’ve sent them a Connection request they have accepted, or they have sent you a request that you have accepted. Once Connected you’ll see a ‘1st’ next to their name whenever you view their Profile.
Your LinkedIn Followers are people that follow your content, so see any posts and articles you publish in their homepage feed whenever the LinkedIn algorithms allow but you don’t see their content unless you Follow or Connect with them in return. Here’s how I see it:
I Follow people who add value to my life in some way, perhaps via thought-provoking content they have shared that I have found interesting or engaging.
I Connect with people because, on some level, we know and trust one another.
Here is a Handy Step-by-Step Guide Taking You Through the Process of Enabling You to Export Your LinkedIn Contacts
Before we begin, I’d advise having your LinkedIn password to hand as you’ll need it in a few minutes’ time.
1. From your LinkedIn homepage, click on ‘My Network’ on the top navigation bar.
2. Select ‘Connections’ from the ‘Manage my network’ menu on the left-hand side.
3. On the top right of the page click on ‘Manage synced and imported contacts’.
4. Mid-way down on the right-hand side of the page, click on ‘Export contacts’, underneath ‘Advanced actions’. This will reveal a ratio button tick option, where, as you can see, you can choose to export a range of the data you own on LinkedIn, from articles to your messages.
5. Tick ‘Connections’ then click ‘Request archive’. At this point, you’ll be asked to input your LinkedIn password. (If you haven’t updated your LinkedIn password for a while, I’d recommend that you do so for tighter security).
6. A message saying ‘We will send you an email when your download is ready’ will appear once you enter your correct LinkedIn password. The blue ‘Request archive’ button will then be greyed out and say, ‘Request pending’.
In your inbox, usually, a couple of minutes later, this message will appear:
7. Click on ‘download it with this link. ’ This will pop-open your LinkedIn account again showing:
8. Click on ‘Download archive’. This will download the file (a spreadsheet) to your desktop to file called ‘Connections’. I would advise that you repeat this task at least every 6 months, if not more often, to account for changes in your LinkedIn Connections.
9. Add a note to your diary to repeat the operation. These are YOUR Connections so make sure you export LinkedIn contacts that are yours and have a copy of them you can keep as well as storing them on LinkedIn!
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How to Export Your LinkedIn Contacts (2018)
[UPDATE November 2018] LinkedIn’s new privacy setting prohibits users from exporting emails.
LinkedIn has introduced a new privacy setting that lets users choose whether or not their email address can be exported by connections. The default for the setting is “No” — meaning connections will be unable to download a user’s email via a data export unless the user manually switches the setting to “Yes. ” Full details here.
You’ve likely heard people say that your network is your greatest asset. So why not take the time to back your network data up? Fortunately, LinkedIn allows for users to export their data, and that everything from your activity to your contact.
What’s included in the file?
Email (UPDATE: GDPR regulations now prohibit us from downloading email addresses. )
Tags from the old version of LinkedIn (if you used them)
Here’s how to do it:
(1) Click the My Network icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
(2) Click Your Connections number on the left side.
(3) Click Manage Synced and Imported Contacts on the top right.
(4) Under Advanced actions on the bottom right, click Export Contacts.
(5) Under the Download Your Data option, choose Connections.
You may be prompted to sign into your account again. Enter your password and click Request Archive.
You’ll receive an email to the address associated with your LinkedIn profile within 10 minutes. The email contains a link to your privacy and settings section where you can download a zip file that includes a file with your connections. Phew!
Now that you have these details, what should you do with them?
Now that you have access to hundreds of emails and job titles, what should you do with this information?
(1) Use it as a backup in case your account is suspended. Let the list sit somewhere safe, and use it as a backup in the event LinkedIn suspends your account. Fun fact: LinkedIn can suspend accounts who are too active or use sourcing tools. Consider backing up your contacts bi-annually and using them to re-build your network in a pinch.
(2) Add people to your contacts. If you have a well-established rapport with someone on LinkedIn, consider adding their details to your contacts on your computer or mobile. I recommend doing this with people you are in touch with on a consistent basis.
(3) Add people to your email list. Consider adding contacts to your mailing list. A word of caution: There’s no greater way to turn someone off to your services or expertise than spamming them relentlessly, and just because you can add people to your list doesn’t mean you should. Consider adding those who have given an explicit “okay” only.
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UPDATE November 2018: LinkedIn’s new privacy setting prohibits users from exporting emails.
How to Export LinkedIn Contacts with Email – Aspiration …
Whether you’re a recruiter, in sales, someone who periodically archives their contacts to clean up their connections list, or just someone who likes to keep their own personal Google Doc of business contacts offline, you probably are an old hand at downloading your LinkedIn connections data.
If not, it’s a pretty simple process:
1. Click the ‘Me’ dropdown menu in the upper right-hand side of your LinkedIn navigation bar.
2. Click ‘Settings & Privacy. ’
3. Click the ‘Privacy’ tab.
4. Scroll down to ‘Download your data’ which is under the ‘How LinkedIn uses your data’ section.
5. Click ‘Download your data. ’
6. Select the data (in this case, ‘Connections’) you’d like to export. Click ‘Request archive. ’
7. Click the ‘download it with this link’ prompt in your notification email.
8. Click ‘Download archive. ’
9. Open your file to access your data.
All in all, a pretty intuitive process. Except, there’s a catch. When you go to open your spreadsheet, you’ll notice that something very crucial is missing; email addresses. Talk about a glaring omission. But, there is a method in the madness.
Prior to 2018, you could pull all sorts of information from LinkedIn for your offline use with no problems. But, to curtail any attempts at spam and to maintain privacy, LinkedIn quietly added in a setting where users can elect not to share their info readily. Now, every user has the strongest privacy setting enabled by default, which maintains their privacy, but makes it harder for everyone else. So unless someone goes in and changes their privacy settings to allow their direct, 1st-degree connections to download an address, you’re out of luck.
Thankfully, there are 3rd party solutions to this. Not all of them are equal, and the majority of them are just variations on the same theme. Also, LinkedIn is not a fan of these tools, as it contravenes their attempts at privacy, so none of them really offer a perfect solution.
Option 1: Use SalesQL
This external tool is perfect for recruiters or those that use LinkedIn for generating sales leads, and it also seems the easiest to use, but there are a few strings attached. Mainly, there’s only so much you can do with the free version. To truly unlock everything they offer, you’ll need to open your wallet and subscribe. It is, however, a popular choice.
Here’s how it works:
Step One: Download and install the SalesQL extension in Chrome.
Step Two: Click on the SalesQL icon, open the menu, and click “Download Connections. ” Fig. 1
Step Three: Click on “ADD CONNECTIONS” and set the number of contacts you want to download. By default, it’s going to a maximum of 100 credits for the month, which works out to 100 connections or so. Fig. 2
Then let it work it’s magic. This extension will extract personal and business emails and phone numbers from your direct connections. The great part is that it will extract email from almost any LinkedIn contact (1st, 2nd, and 3rd+ connections. )
According to the SalesQL experts, it’s best to limit how many downloads you do in a 24-hour period, depending on your LinkedIn subscription, as their software does a scan of every profile you extract, and you don’t want to have any issues with LinkedIn. Again, this is only after you subscribe due to the default limit.
Now, everything will end up in your SalesQL dashboard.
Now, for the reason you came here; exporting those emails. Unfortunately, this is as far as you can get with the free version. To do more, you need to subscribe to one of SalesQL’s 3 plans, which offer various features.
All of them, however, do offer the option to export your connections data to a CSV or Excel file, and all the required information will be there.
Option 2: Use SignalHire
Much like SalesQL, SignalHire offers a Chrome extension, and is positioned more as a hiring and lead generation tool. Also, like the former, it’s got useful tools that are regretfully behind a subscription model. As well, there doesn’t seem to be a bulk download option in the free version, only a profile by profile exploration. This tool is better if you’re looking to chase after someone, or something specific, rather than a download of all your contacts, and you want all the different email addresses and phone number associated with them.
Once you’ve downloaded the extension, then it’s a matter of deciding where you’re going to use it. This extension works across LinkedIn, as well as other social platforms such as Facebook, GitHub and Twitter to find both personal and professional emails
Since we’re talking about Linkedin, it’s just a matter of opening up your contacts, finding the profile you’re interested in, and clicking on the extension. It will then pull up any and every verified email associated with that individual, as well as their phone numbers. (Fig. 3) You can also export it to an external CRM such as Salesforce or Hubspot, which is great if you’re populating your pipeline with pertinent info. 4)
Sadly, there’s not a lot you can do with the free version, but if you decide to subscribe, you do get unlimited access, a bulk finder, and a data migration service. You can learn more on their website.
Option 3: Dux-Soup
In addition to allowing you to download emails, Dux-Soup is an automation software that can make it easier to identify potential prospects. It takes away a lot of the leg-work involved, so that you can focus on growth and the deal closing stage. What makes this one worth the money for many is that it can handle, like most robots, many mundane tasks and frees up much of your time. In fact, it’s kind of like a virtual LinkedIn assistant.
Dux-Soup offers 3 different plans; a Starter version that offers a basic prospect finder and supports your existing Business and Sales Navigator accounts, a Professional version that includes the ability to download CSV/XLXS files into your CRM and tag profiles with custom labels, and a Turbo version that includes all of the above, as well as a whole host of automation features, as well as Zapier/Hubspot integrations.
At the moment, Dux-Soup only offers a Chrome Plug-in, that integrates seamlessly with your profile.
Option 4: Everybody else
As I mentioned above, most of the other tools to uncover the email addresses of your LinkedIn contacts are similar enough that they can be grouped together. These work best as lead generators, rather than as an archival tool.
Most of these offer Chrome/Firefox extensions and work under the same principle of offering a small monthly stipend of credits/inquiries/etc. for free, but have more to offer behind a subscription. These include:
In taking a look at this handful (and there are plenty more out there, I assure you), they all essentially offering you the same outcome, with different tools along the way. What you’re looking for will determine which one of these services resonates best with you.
MartinMartin has survived a life in the trenches of ad agency marketing, only to find himself spending far too much time drinking coffee, searching for stable WiFi, and staring out into space, trying to remember the word that he was just thinking about.
Frequently Asked Questions about download linkedin contact emails
Can you download LinkedIn Connections email addresses?
Select Connections. Click Request archive. Enter your password and click Done. You’ll receive an email to your Primary Email address which will include a link where you can download your list of connections.Aug 31, 2020
Can you download LinkedIn contacts?
Mid-way down on the right-hand side of the page, click on ‘Export contacts’, underneath ‘Advanced actions’. This will reveal a ratio button tick option, where, as you can see, you can choose to export a range of the data you own on LinkedIn, from articles to your messages.
How do I export contacts from LinkedIn?
(1) Click the My Network icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.(2) Click Your Connections number on the left side.(3) Click Manage Synced and Imported Contacts on the top right.(4) Under Advanced actions on the bottom right, click Export Contacts.(5) Under the Download Your Data option, choose Connections.More items…•Mar 12, 2018