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Check If Your LinkedIn Message Was Read: 3 Steps

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February 8, 2024

To know if someone read your LinkedIn message, look for specific indicators provided by LinkedIn. These include 'Sending message', 'Message sent', and 'Message read'. However, if the recipient has disabled read receipts, you won't be able to see if they've read it.

  • LinkedIn uses status indicators to show message status.
  • Manage read receipts and typing indicators in Settings & Privacy.
  • Visual indicators include a small profile picture under your message when read.

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How to Know if Someone Read Your LinkedIn Message

Understanding whether your LinkedIn message has been read can be crucial for networking and professional communication. LinkedIn provides specific indicators to help users identify the status of the messages they send. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to determine if your message has been read.

LinkedIn Message Status Indicators

LinkedIn uses three main status indicators for messages: Sending message, Message sent, and Message read. When you send a message, it will initially show as 'Sending message' and then change to 'Message sent' once successfully delivered. If the recipient opens and reads your message, the status will update to 'Message read'. However, it's important to note that if the recipient has disabled their read receipts, you will not be able to see whether they have read the message or not. In such cases, the status will remain 'Message sent'.

Managing Read Receipts and Typing Indicators

LinkedIn's read receipts and typing indicators are enabled by default, allowing you to see when someone reads your message or is typing a response. However, these features can be turned on or off based on user preference. To manage your read receipts and typing indicators settings:

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy from the dropdown.
  3. Click Data privacy on the left pane.
  4. Under the Messaging experience section, click on Read receipts and typing indicators.
  5. Under Delivery indicators, switch the toggle to the right or left to turn this feature On or Off.

For mobile users, the steps are similar but start by tapping your profile photo, then tapping Settings followed by Data privacy.

Visual Indicators of Read Receipts

When read receipts are enabled and someone reads your message, you'll see a small version of their profile picture below your message, indicating that it has been seen. If the read receipt shows but the message status hasn't changed to 'Read', it means the recipient has seen the message but the read receipt setting may be off on their end.

Remember, read receipts and typing indicators do not apply to InMail messages. For message requests, read receipts are only enabled once the recipient accepts the message request.

By understanding and managing these features, you can effectively monitor your LinkedIn messaging and enhance your communication strategy.

Boost Your LinkedIn Strategy with Bardeen Automations

While LinkedIn provides indicators to help you know if your message has been read, automating your LinkedIn messaging and follow-up process can significantly enhance your networking and communication strategy. Bardeen offers several playbooks that can automate various LinkedIn tasks, helping you connect with users, manage your outreach, and even gather insights from LinkedIn posts.

  1. Connect with a LinkedIn user and display a message: Automate your LinkedIn networking by scraping profile information to create and display personalized connection messages, making your outreach efforts more efficient and personal.
  2. Send an email to the currently opened LinkedIn user: This playbook enables you to directly email a LinkedIn user whose profile is open in your browser, streamlining your communication and outreach process.
  3. Send mutual connections from a LinkedIn profile to Slack: Enhance team collaboration by automatically sending mutual connection details from a LinkedIn profile to a designated Slack channel or user.

By leveraging these automations, you can focus more on creating meaningful connections and less on manual tasks. Start automating your LinkedIn activities today by downloading the Bardeen app at

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