How To Withdraw An Invitation on LinkedIn? [2024 Tutorial]

Have you ever wondered how LinkedIn can be your golden ticket to professional stardom? 

It’s all about networking, discovering fresh horizons, and vibing with peers. 

But here’s the rub:

Bombarding the platform with invites without a game plan?

That’s a recipe for a downward reputation.

LinkedIn’s got this little number called the Social Selling Index (SSI) score

Think of it as the barometer of your LinkedIn influence: 

  • Personal branding skills
  • Prospect pinpointing
  • Insightful interactions 
  • Relationship building 
what is social selling score in your linkedin

It’s a 0 to 100 deal, and this baby shifts daily.

But wait, there’s more: your acceptance rate. The slice of connection invites people to say ‘yes’. 

Picture this – a low acceptance rate screams, “I’m just firing off invites willy-nilly!” to your LinkedIn network.

Not cool, right?

It drags down your street cred and puts a damper on linking up with the crème de la crème.

That’s why having an ‘undo’ button for your LinkedIn invites is crucial.

why you need an undo button for linkedin invites

Have you changed your mind?

Or you’re fine-tuning that acceptance rate, ensuring your LinkedIn network sees only the most considered outreach. 

Whatever the case, we’ve got your back. This tutorial is all about: 

  1. Mastering the art of withdrawing invitations
  2. Ensuring your LinkedIn profile remains a beacon of professional network savvy,
  3. And leveling up your skills with Phantombooster to be a LinkedIn pro.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get down to business.

Steps to Withdraw Invitations on LinkedIn

Have you ever found yourself second-guessing that connection invitation after you’ve clicked the ‘send’ button? 

No sweat – retracting that virtual handshake is a walk in the cyber park, and I will show you how, in a few simple steps, you can clean up your pending invitations.

7 steps to withdraw invitations on linkedin

Step 1: Log into Your LinkedIn Account

First things first, navigate your way to LinkedIn

Enter your top-secret email and password and unleash that “Sign in” button.

how to sign in to linkedin

Step 2: Navigate to the ‘My Network’ Tab

It’s showtime! 

Click on that ‘My Network’ icon that’s chillin’ at the top of your LinkedIn homepage. Here’s where you get the complete display: connections, admirers, and those hopeful invites in your invitations list.

where to find my network icon on linkedin

Step 3: Click on ‘Manage’ Under ‘Invitations’

In the “My Network” arena, you’ll spot “Invitations” paired with a digit showing your popularity. 

Hit “See all” for the big reveal, then tap “Manage” to take the reins of those invites.

where to check all your connection invitations on linkedin

Step 4: Switch to the ‘Sent’ Tab

Next up on the rollercoaster is the “Manage invitations” page. 

You’ll see two options: “Received” and “Sent”. Flex your decision-making muscle and click “Sent” to check out those optimistic invitations you’ve flung into the digital void, now neatly compiled in your sent tab.

how to find people you've sent invitation on linkedin

Step 5: Identify the Invitation You Want to Withdraw

Ok, it’s time to play detective. Rifle through that lineup of sent invites until you spy the one begging for freedom. 

If you’re feeling futuristic, the search bar is your oracle; use a name, keyword, or date to narrow the chase.

Step 6: Click on ‘Withdraw’

Upon singling out the rogue invite, show no mercy and click “Withdraw”. 

Poof! The invite vanishes from your sight, and the constant reminder emails will haunt you no more.

how to withdraw a contact from linkedin invitations

Step 7: Confirm Your Decision to Withdraw the Invitation

Wait for it. A wild pop-up appears, seeking your nod to remove the invitation. Click “Yes, withdraw” with gusto. 

successfully withdraw your linkedin invitations

A heads-up, though: LinkedIn’s rules of engagement mean you can’t pitch another invitation request away for three long weeks. 

It’s all about the art of patience and strategic networking, right at the top right corner of your professional network’s etiquette.

What if the ‘Withdraw’ Button Does Not Appear?

So, there you are, trying to tidy up your sent invitations on LinkedIn, and you hit a snag – the Withdraw’ button is playing hide and seek. It just doesn’t show up where it’s supposed to be. Why’s that?

Let me break it down for you:

  • If the person on the other end has already said “Yes” to your invite, guess what? The ‘Withdraw’ button is off the table. 

Your only play is disconnecting from them if that’s what you want.

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  • Got the cold shoulder, and they ignored or declined your invite? Well, that invite will vanish from your sent box, never to nag them again.
  • LinkedIn pulls the plug on that invite if you’ve let six months slip by and done nada. It’s automatic. You get another shot to send a fresh one after a three-week pause.
  • Have you encountered a block? Whether it’s the recipient throwing up a wall or LinkedIn putting on the brakes, you’re stuck. That invite is frozen. No take-backs, no redos.

What if you’ve checked all the boxes and still have no ‘Withdraw’ button? You might be facing a glitch, a bug in the matrix of LinkedIn. Don’t sweat, but try these tricks:

how to resolve the bugs in linkedin matrix
  • Hit the refresh button, or get the whole page to take a mulligan.
  • Tell your browser to take out the trash – clear its cache and cookies.
  • Not playing nice? Switch playgrounds. Try a different browser or hop onto another device.
  • If you use the LinkedIn app, ensure it’s in top form. Update it to the latest and greatest version.
  • If all else fails, ring up LinkedIn’s customer support squad. They’re there to help you out.

And there you have it. You’re back on track with a few tweaks, managing those invites like a pro.

The Impact of Withdrawing an Invitation on LinkedIn

Okay, here’s the thing. Withdrawing a LinkedIn invite might seem like no big deal. Still, there are *slight implications* that can ripple through your online persona, your interactions down the road, and those annoying notifications

Let’s unbox this topic.

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Does Withdrawing an Invitation Affect Your LinkedIn Reputation?

You may be wondering – Does pulling back that LinkedIn invite ding your rep? 

Good news – it’s a *soft no*. 

The person you invited won’t know you’ve had a change of heart, and your SSI score stays intact (phew!). 

But here’s the catch — if you’re playing the invitation yo-yo game too often, it might just suggest that you’re not being quite discerning or strategic with your networking moves. 

That’s not a good look for your brand or for snagging the right contacts. 

The power move? Only backpedal on invites that go nowhere, like those that are off-point, a bit off-color, or just plain old. 

Resist spraying your invites like you’re watering the garden — go for quality, not quantity.

when can i resend an invitation on linkedin after withdrawal

Can You Send Another Invitation After Withdrawing?

You’ve withdrawn an invite… Now what? Hit the brakes for three whole weeks. It’s LinkedIn’s way of saying, “Slow down, buddy,” and making sure you’re considering who you’re reaching out to. 

Want to have a second go? Personalize and polish that message, friends. Explain your WHY! 

Also, do some homework on their LinkedIn pulse; make sure they’re even up for grabs in the connection department.

Finally, in the end, you review your tactics and decide to change your approach to getting into a connection

Who Gets Notified When You Withdraw a LinkedIn Invitation?

Are you curious about the drum roll when you take that invite back? 

Here’s the skinny — *no one else hears it*. You’ll get a “mission accomplished” alert, and an email from LinkedIn HQ will hit your inbox with the confirmation. 

And your would-have-been connection? 

They stay in the dark; the invite vanishes from their pending stack.

But wait — if their notifications are dialed for invites, your name and note might flash on their radar before you hit abort. 

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How do you withdraw pending connection requests in Bulk?

Have you ever been drowning in LinkedIn connection requests without a reply? Yeah, it’s awkward.


Enter Phantombuster LinkedIn Auto Invitation Withdrawer, your VIP pass, to automate bulk withdrawal of those pending connection requests. 

how to create a phantombuster account

Think of it as the ultimate tool for LinkedIn users who take their lead generation and networking seriously yet value a streamlined user experience without the clutter of pending invitations.

  1. Step one is a breeze: get the Phantombuster extension cozied up in either Chrome or Firefox. This nifty add-on will be your go-between, linking with LinkedIn via your session cookie.
how to add phantombooster extension to my chrome
  1. Make a beeline to Phantombuster’s website, sign up for gratis, and enter your new account.
phantombooster account setup
  1. Then, hunt down the page for LinkedIn Auto Invitation Withdrawer and hit that so tempting “Use this Phantom” button.
how to chose your phantom for linkedin invitations withdrawal
  1. Let’s get down to business. Take a look at the settings. Keep a few invites?

    Dump a bunch every time you boot it up? How often do you want this bad boy to run? Tell it like it is and personalize it as you like.
how to setup phantombooster linkedin invitation withdrawals
  1. Hit “Save“, click “Launch“, and sit back. Watch in awe as your pending invitations dwindle to nada, zilch, and zip.

    The tool has your back, showing progress and flashing the stats.
launching phantombooster linkedin invitation withdrawals

And there you have it. Your LinkedIn slate? Wiped clean of those lingering “Will you be my friend?” requests, all thanks to Phantombuster. 

But the wonders don’t end there! 

While feeling empowered, why not explore Phantombuster for other clever LinkedIn automation?

They’re pros at pipeline management, lead generation, and engaging with LinkedIn groups – all through a user-friendly interface whether you’re on iOS or Android.


Sooo… you’ve made it to the finish line of our tutorial. You now hold the keys to mastering the art of retracting LinkedIn invites like a pro. 

Plus, you’ve unlocked the secrets of why trimming your unsent invites can spruce up your LinkedIn game.

Not every invitation is easy to withdraw – sometimes that pesky ‘Withdraw’ button plays hide and seek. 

Let’s get real for a minute.

Being a ninja with the ‘Withdraw’ button is neat, but it’s just a slice of the LinkedIn success pie.

To truly flex your LinkedIn muscles, your invites should be like a tailor-made suit – personalized messages that fit right. 

And it doesn’t stop there! Dive into the conversations, share your two cents, and become a cornerstone of your LinkedIn network.

What’s the holdup? 

Jump in! 

Start by tidying up your LinkedIn landscape and separating the invites that didn’t cut. 

Need a hand with other LinkedIn chores? Check out our arsenal of Phantoms, your new sidekicks for intelligent, automatic LinkedIn magic that’ll save you hours. 


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Can you Unsend an invite on LinkedIn?

Hmm… If you ever clicked the ‘Invitations’ button and immediately felt a pang of regret, then you know what I’m talking about. 

“Oops, wrong person!” or “Did I just invite my boss’s boss by accident?”.

The good news?

There’s a way out of this slightly embarrassing situation. Believe it or not, you can unsend a LinkedIn invite.

Stick around for a step-by-step guide, and I’ll tell you how – spoiler alert, it’s as simple as hitting the withdraw button.

learn how to unsend linkedin invitations

How do I cancel a pending invitation on LinkedIn?

Okay, picture this. Your LinkedIn profile is rocking; you’ve sent out a batch of connection invitations, and now you’re staring at several pending connection requests that have yet to budge. 

It’s in that limbo state – pending. And you’re thinking, “Nah, maybe not”. 

Is it a dead-end?

Nope. Canceling that invite is as manageable as ABC. 

You can take control of those pending invitations by hitting the withdraw button on your mobile app or via the navigation bar at the top of the page on the desktop.

It’s simpler than you think, and I will walk you through it step-by-step.

withdraw linkedin invitations both on mobile and desktop

How do you politely decline a LinkedIn invitation?

Now, let’s flip the script.

You’re on the receiving end. Your inbox is popping with invites, but this isn’t a “the more, the merrier” situation.

There’s an invite lingering at the top of your LinkedIn homepage, and you’re thinking – “How do I say no without burning bridges?”. 

Fear not; there’s an art to the polite decline, and I’m here to share the secret sauce with you.

Yes, you can keep it courteous and prevent being overrun by a burgeoning LinkedIn network. 

Let’s discuss that subtle art of saying “thanks, but no thanks” on LinkedIn or something like this:

example of how to respond to a unwanted linkedin connection invitation

How to unsend a connection request on LinkedIn Sales Navigator?

And what if you’re playing in the big leagues, using LinkedIn Sales Navigator, and you’ve tossed a connection request you wish you hadn’t? 

Is it too late? Absolutely not. 

Even in Sales Navigator, there’s a rescue plan. 

In this LinkedIn limitations guide, you’ll find all the know-how you need to become a LinkedIn pro.

Or, if you’re more of a geek and want to know more than anyone else, I suggest you watch the video below on how to master the Sales Navigator. And don’t thank me later!

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This content was partly written by AI (ChatGPT 4), I added my own perspective, fact-checked it and made sure it is helpful for you.


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