If you can’t connect with someone on LinkedIn:
As a career-oriented platform, LinkedIn lets you connect with people with similar careers and interests. Sending a connection to someone may turn your career around, as it has for me on several occasions.
I like to connect with people who inspire me with their ideas. However, I’ve noticed that sometimes there's no ‘Connect’ button on some LinkedIn profiles, meaning you can’t connect with those LinkedIn users.
This is really unfortunate because I truly wanted to keep in touch with those people and possibly explore future work opportunities. So, I started doing research on why you can’t connect with someone on LinkedIn.
If you, too, have found yourself in this situation, below, I’ve listed the main reasons why you don’t see the ‘Connect’ button on someone’s LinkedIn profile page and how it can be resolved.
These are the reasons why you can’t connect with someone on LinkedIn
If you recently created your profile, or updated your primary email address, LinkedIn sends you a confirmation email asking you to confirm your email address. You won’t see the ‘Connect’ button if you haven't confirmed your email address.
Another related reason why LinkedIn may send you a confirmation email is that they received a bounced message from your email service provider either because of a temporary system outage or the email address is invalid.
To confirm your email address, open the confirmation email, click on the link and your email address is verified.
You might not be able to send someone a connection request because you have already connected to them on LinkedIn.
When you connect with a person, they become your 1st-degree connections, compared to 2nd-degree (connections of your 1st-degree connections) and 3rd-degree (connections of your 2nd-degree connections) extended list of connections.
To check if you are connected to that person, go to the member’s profile on LinkedIn and check if you have the option to message them. If you can, then you are connected to them.
Alternatively, go to
Here, search for the user to see if they’re already in your connections.
Another reason why you can’t connect with someone on LinkedIn is that you’ve already sent them a connection request, but they haven’t accepted it yet. In this case, you can’t send another connection request.
If you’ve crossed off all the reasons above, then the most common reason why you can’t add someone is that they’ve restricted who can send them a connection request.
If you can’t connect to that person, there are alternative things you can do:
If you want to limit who can send you connection requests on desktop:
On the LinkedIn mobile app:
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LinkedIn has invitation restrictions, so they prevent spam sending invitations and protect members’ experience.
Your LinkedIn account may get restricted from sending invitations if:
These are the invitation limitations:
To avoid being restricted on LinkedIn, follow the following practices:
If your account got restricted for sending too many connection invitations, usually the restrictions are removed automatically after a week. However, the time period differs depending on the invitation restriction:
If you’ve reached the daily or weekly limitation, but still want to network with new prospects on LinkedIn, there are alternative ways you can try. We’ve already mentioned some of them, but it’s worth it to have all the alternative methods in one list:
If you can’t connect to someone on LinkedIn, most frequently, it’s because the person has limited who can send them connection invitations, you have already sent them an invitation, you have the user in your network or you haven’t confirmed your primary email.
To prevent spam-sending invitations, LinkedIn has implemented daily and weekly restrictions on how many invitations you can send.
However, there are alternative ways you can network and connect to LinkedIn users to avoid reaching the limitations and getting your account restricted.
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