My LinkedIn profile allows public viewing of my full profile. So even non-LinkedIn members should be able to see it, right?

But that's not what's happening. I've tested on multiple computers, browsers, and phones. And I've dumped cache to be sure I was starting a fresh test.

In all cases, LinkedIn insists on signing in to see the profile.

See screenshot for settings. Is there something I need to change in the "Customize Your Public Profile" settings? Or something I need to change elsewhere in LinkedIn? Or maybe I misunderstand LinkedIn's own explanation about how the public view works?

LinkedIn Public View Settings

  • 1
    This is not a reproducible error: I've just gone on your linkedin profile and I can see your profile including your profile summary, Experience, Volunteer Experience & Causes, Languages,Courses, Organizations, Skills, Education, Recommendations and Groups. And I'm not logged in – SleepingGod May 27 '17 at 23:43
  • Wow! Any idea why we are having a different experience? – RJo May 27 '17 at 23:56
  • Spousal unit has also tested. The first time, he could see my profile. For subsequent views he has to log in. – RJo May 28 '17 at 0:02
  • I used incognito mode and I can see your profile just fine. – ale May 28 '17 at 3:49
  • 3
    This is one of those things in which you can view the public profile just fine, but if you want to view a second one, it asks you to log in, probably based on a cookie. This is a LinkedIn ploy, not anything to do with your individual profile. – jonsca May 28 '17 at 4:31

Comments that others could see my profile suggested that something other than my settings was the issue. Based on further research and testing, here are my findings:

  • LinkedIn has limits on the number of times that you can view public profiles without logging in. https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/69654

  • The LinkedIn counter appears to be tied to the IP address. Turning off Wi-Fi and switching to cellular generates a new IP address and "fresh" access.

  • The LinkedIn interface can be deceiving. My first two or three views in cellular opened a clean view. On subsequent views, a LinkedIn "Join" window overlaid a dimmed out view of my profile. Then I noticed "See more" at the bottom of the screen. I scrolled and saw everything.
  • The Commercial Use Limit linked in the link explains more about the limit. You may expand this answer by quoting from it. – Andrew T. May 28 '17 at 7:01
  • This is good research. If you expand your answer with the information found by @AndrewT. and jonsca, it would be a great answer. There's also nothing wrong with accepting your own answer. – Vidar S. Ramdal May 28 '17 at 20:23
  • 1
    @Andrew T. I did research the Commercial Use limit, but after reading it several times I determined that it applied when someone with a free account was logged in. I was concerned about nonmember public views, and disregarded the Commercial Use explanation. Your comment was helpful, so I will try to change the title of my post to reflect that login nuance. @ Vidar - That was a good reminder for infrequent Stackexchangers like me. – RJo May 28 '17 at 21:23

protected by Community Nov 13 at 21:48

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.