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8 Tips on How to Use the LinkedIn Mobile App

It’s estimated that at least 60% of LinkedIn members use the mobile app. Further, a poll I conducted on LinkedIn showed that 65% of the participants use the the app more than their computer (desktop or laptop).

Those who chose the app claimed convenience as their reason; where as those who chose the computer platform enjoy the ease of use. Case in point: if I’m waiting for my daughter to get out of soccer practice, I’ll be on my LinkedIn app. If I’m writing a long post, I’ll be at my computer.

I’m going to dive into eight major LinkedIn features on both platforms. I’ll discuss how some of features differ between the mobile app and computer platform, so you can understand the advantages and disadvantages of using both.

1. Homepage/Feed

There’s no better place to start than the home page. It isn’t very sexy on the app, but what do you expect from a device that’s approximately 6″x3″?

This is where you’ll usually land if you’re opening the app for the first time in the day. Otherwise you’ll land on whichever page was opened last. This is also where your (ideally) relevant conversation is streaming.

There are many features located on the home page that aren’t obvious to the average user. The features that are easy to find are: Home, My Network, Post, Notifications, and Jobs; although they’re in a different order than the computer.

Rest assured that the mobile app contains many of the features the computer provides. It’s just a matter of finding said features. For example, to find Groups you need to type in the name of the group you’re looking for. The same applies to Companies, a very important feature in my opinion.

The computer platform lays out the features like a landscape canvas. The icons (Home, My Network, Jobs, Messaging, and Notifications) are listed at the top of every page. Groups is conveniently hidden in the Work drop-down. Note how they’re listed in different order.

Nice information at your fingertips on the computer platform on the left-hand side are Your photo, complete Headline, Who Viewed Your Profile (within the past 90 days) Views of your posts, and Your Groups, Recent Hashtags, and others.

2. Search

This feature is extremely powerful. With it you can search for—in this order—People, Posts, Jobs, Companies, Groups, Schools, Events, Courses, and Services. You’ll have to swipe left to find Schools, Courses, Events, and Services.

Everything feature you’ll find on the computer (image below) is available on the App, save for All Filters, which we’ll get to shortly.

Doing a search. If you’re searching on the App for people, simply type in an occupation like “program manager” and you’ll have the option to continue your search for the occupation in People, Services, Jobs, Posts, Groups, Schools, Courses, Events, and Companies. Why LinkedIn lists the items in a different order beats me.

Note: Services is a new feature for people who are offering services in various categories. If you select it, you’ll get a drop-down that shows categories like: Consulting, Coaching & Mentoring, Marketing, Operations, Business Consulting. You can also select Add a Service and you’ll get a drop-down of a plethora of services like Financial Analysis, Accounting, Advertising….

Using Search on the App is not as easy to navigate as it is using the computer, but you can find almost all you need with Search.

Filter people by or All filters

LinkedIn can’t seem to make up its mind on what to do with this awesome feature. On the left on the toolbar (image below) there’s the funky icon that is best described as three lines with a nob on the ends, and on the right are the words All filters. They both lead you to the same destination. Go figure.

This is a powerful feature within Search. If you select People as your search preference, you’ll see a symbol you’ve probably never seen before. It resembles three nob and tubing wires (boxed out on top left of this screenshot).

Not as powerful as the desktop version, it still allows you to narrow your search by: Connections degree, Connections of, Locations, Current company, Past company, School, Industry, Profile language, and Open to.

The computer version provides more features than the app, and Filter people by is way more friendly on your computer than your phone. There are a couple of more options to find people with the computer platform, which include Service categories, and Keywords.

3. Share a post

To start a post, you might have to look hard to find it. In the top image, the icon resembles a white cross in a grey box. Clicking on the icon gives you the option to Write a long post of about 1,200 characters but as I said above, writing it with the app can be difficult.

Other features that come with starting a post are: Add a photo, Take a video, Celebrate an occasion, Add a document, Share that you’re hiring, Find an expert, and Create a poll. The app separates itself from the computer with the Take a video feature. It’s not possible to do on the computer while easily done with the app.

Somewhat related to Start a post is a new feature that hasn’t rolled out for everyone. It’s called Cover Story and allows you to record a 30-second elevator pitch. At this writing I haven’t recorded my elevator pitch, but I’ve seen some very good ones.

The computer platform doesn’t allow you to take a video, rather you have to upload it to your hard drive. With your app, you can create a video straight from it.

4. Messaging

The most noticeable difference between the mobile app and the desktop for messaging is that the app’s version is truncated (see below). Only by clicking on your connection’s message can you read the stream of conversation. On the desktop you can see multiple connections. But this is expected, as the desktop has a larger surface.

Both the mobile app and the desktop allow you to search by Unread, My Connections, InMail, Archived, and Blocked, albeit in a different order. (Are you getting the sense that the desktop platform is becoming more like the mobile app?)

With both mobile app and the desktop, you can respond to Inmails by choosing some buttons, such as Interested, Maybe later, No thanks and other intuitive short responses. Obviously LinkedIn considers this lazy way of responding to be intuitive and clever. I will admit that that I’ve taken the shortcut.

One noteworthy difference is that the mobile app has a feature that suggests an opening verbiage for messages, such as, “Hi (name), I notice you’re also connected with (name).” This feature  is akin to LinkedIn’s default invite message. No thanks.

5. My Network

If you’re looking for the My Network icon, it’s migrated from the top to the bottom of the screen. Clicking on the icon brings you to a the ability to Manage my network, which shows your number of connections. It’s interesting that my number of connections is different from my computer (4,705) and the app (4,046). I wonder which is correct?

Other tidbits of information are: People you follow, #Hashtags you follow, Companies you follow, and other minor details. You can also check out how many Invitations and Sent invites that are pending.

Note: If you want to locate someone by occupation and other demographics, you can use All filters.

Also important to keep in mind is that LinkedIn will suggest people you know (to right). Don’t simply hit Connect, as the invite will be sent without giving you the opportunity to personalize it. Contrary to what many people believe, you can send a personal invite from a LinkedIn users full profile.

6. Notifications

This feature allows you to see what your connections have been doing:

  1. Who’s mentioned you in a post
  2. Liked your post, liked a post that mentions you
  3. Is starting a new position; and
  4. Commented on (someone’s ) post

The differences between this feature on the app and desktop are negligible and hardly worth mentioning. However, there is one major difference: the desktop seems to lag behind the mobile app. In other words, the streaming is slower on the desktop than the app.

7. Companies

Like the desktop, you have to use the Search to access your desired companies. The most important reason to use Companies is to locate people who work for your target companies, which is a bit more cumbersome with the mobile app than the desktop.

To do this you must type the company name into Search and choose People, and then use the Filter tool (boxed out on the image to the right). You can filter by:

  1. Connections (degree)
  2. Connections of
  3. Locations
  4. Current companies
  5. Past companies (not shown)
  6. Industries (not shown)
  7. Schools (not shown)

The only benefit the desktop version offers is the ability to search by Keyword. The other filters are superfluous. Such as Profile language and Nonprofit interests.

In my opinion, this is the most important feature LinkedIn provides, whether on the desktop or mobile app. This is where real online networking happens. In fact, I written an article on the Companies feature.

8. Jobs

You can search for jobs using Search just as easy as clicking on the icon. You avoid a step by using Search.

The Search feature allows you to find jobs, say in Accounting, and then narrowing them down to Location (allow your device to identify your location, if you like), and if you want to take it further, filter by:

  1. Most relevant
  2. Most recent
  3. Determine how many miles you are willing to travel
  4. Only show jobs with which you can apply Easy Apply
  5. Date posted
  6. Company
  7. Experience level
  8. Job type
  9. Industry
  10. Job function

When you’ve chosen a job to investigate, you’ll notice—because of the limited surface—the mobile app is not as robust as the desktop version. Some similarities are:

  1. Number of first degree connections
  2. Number of alumni
  3. Job description
  4. The person who posted the job
  5. Jobs people also viewed
  6. Easy Apply

When you open the LinkedIn app on your smart phone, you’ll see the power, albeit limited, it has to offer. You’ll also see that the desktop version closely resembles the mobile app. If I were to choose between the two, it would be a difficult choice. However, the prospect of opening up the laptop 10 times a day isn’t very appealing.

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6 features on the LinkedIn mobile app that users appreciate

Approximately 65% of LinkedIn members use the LinkedIn mobile app, and some prefer it over the lap/desktop version, which doesn’t surprise me. In some ways I prefer the app because of its convenience and above average functionality. (Although, I have to admit I find using my phone’s keyboard challenging.)

There are also features on the app that are clunky and better used on the lap/desktop version. One that comes to mind is All Filters. But this is a small price to pay. It’s safe to say that if my laptop went down or I didn’t have Internet connection, I would be fine using the app.

I was curious what others thought about the app, so I started a post on LinkedIn that simply asked what people’s favorite LinkedIn mobile app feature is? There were a variety of answers and many of them are features not found on the desk/laptop version. One example is Stories which, for the life of me, I don’t get.

But that’s neither here nor there. Where someone enjoys Stories, I find the feature difficult to use and, well, frivolous. I guess the purpose of Stories escapes me, but I don’t claim to be the LinkedIn master who lords his opinions over others; and I hope I haven’t offended others who see value in the feature.


I mentioned above that I enjoy the convenience of the app because I can use it anywhere. One of my LinkedIn colleagues, Tara Orchard, enjoys the “convenience, generally, from the car, the waiting room, at the track (when [her] daughter was training, not competing).”

Another colleague, Kevin Turner, jokes that the app was developed so people could be stealthy at work while using it: “…I believe one of the main drivers behind the LI Mobile App use was Members checking their account while at the office. It would be interesting to see what the actual use stats are for 2020…”

Like Tara, I find myself opening the app almost everywhere and at any time, especially when there’s no Internet access like at my mother-in-law’s house.

Voice Message

In another poll I conducted, in which 1,354 people participated, this feature didn’t garner a large percentage of votes: 9% out of 100% to be exact. Yet, quite a few of the people who weighed in for this post selected Voice Message as one of their favorites. Why? It could be that the 9% turned out to play.

How do these go for me? Something like this: “Hi comma” (Oh crap, try again.) “Hi Karen (pause) This is Bob (pause) It was great hearing your voice (pause) I’m more of a writing guy um (long pause) I guess I should have planned this voice message period.” (Oh crap, you don’t need to say ‘period.)

Sonal Bahl chose two favorites, Voice Message and Pronunciation. I have received a few voice messages from Sonal, so I know she uses it. In fact, when I see the voice message bar in her DM, I tense up wondering if the message is going to be serious in nature. So far, her voice messages have been very pleasant.

🚀LoRen GReifF🚀is quite enthusiastic about Voice Message. She writes, “YUP. VM is my favorite mobile feature. Text fatigue is real and even the best emojis can’t deliver the range, tone and connection of voice.” This is a good point; writing DMs can be tiresome and looking for the perfect emojis does wear on you. 😩


This feature was mentioned often by those who commented in the post. While I see its value in terms of letting people know that McIntosh is pronounced without an “a,” I haven’t used it yet. Another reason for using this feature is to tell people your title and areas of expertise, all within ten seconds.

I listened to Virginia Franco’s Pronunciation wondering how “Franco” could be mispronounced. What I found is not that her name can be mispronounced; it’s that she adds her tiles to her name, which I think is a brilliant idea. (She gives Alex Freund credit for a way to brand you with this feature.)

QR Code

When it comes to the QR code feature found only on the app, 🍊 Madeline Mann 🍊 writes, “I’m with you on the QR code. I started using that instead of business cards.” I wonder if it would be overkill to include it in every post, DM, comments to posts and articles, etc. What do you think?

I think it’s cool that you’ll be transported to someone’s LinkedIn profile by scanning their QR code. Not nearby, someone can send it to you in an image. I encourage you to open Photo on your phone and scan my QR phone to see what I mean.

Stories and Video Message

This isn’t a feature I would have chosen as a favorite. I’ve tried it once or twice and find it frustrating that you only have 20 seconds per clip. It’s not that I consider myself to be long-winded, But com on.

Shelley Piedmont enjoys this feature because, “It has given [her] a more personal view of my connections. I feel like I have gotten to know them better.” Ana Lokotkova shares the same sentiment, “I prefer the mobile experience for sure. My two favorite features here are connection request previews and stories.”

I had to combine Video Message (simply called Video) with Stories because they’re both visual messages.

TIINA JARVET PEREIRA likes this feature along with Stories. She explains, “I like both the video messages and the LinkedIn story’s. [Stories] shows the list of the contacts of who have seen your story. On the posts you only see the location and job titles of the viewers. It’s more accurate and can open interesting conversations with your connections Bob McIntosh.”

I’m afraid I might have scared poor Tiina to death by trying Video and not leaving a message, simply staring into the screen. I sent her an apology, in text, but wonder if she’ll remove me from her network or send me a proper video to show me how it’s done.

One feature I thought would be an overwhelming favorite is Take a Video. No one offered it as one of theirs. With this feature you can take a video using your phone and post it on LinkedIn. You don’t have to download it to your computer first. Easy peasy, unless doing videos isn’t your thing.

Another feature that’s also available on the desk/laptop is Polls. As a way to communicate with my LinkedIn community, I use it once a week. I haven’t used it from the App, but I’m sure I’ll be away from my laptop and feel the urge to post a poll.