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Completely removing defunct email addresses from your LinkedIn account  (Updated July 27, 2017.)

Check for defunct email addresses -- such as former employers or old email services -- in several places on your LinkedIn account. Otherwise, LinkedIn may send useful emails -- for things you specifically signed up for -- to your old address. (For example, if now at HPE, must search for @hp.com in multiple places.)

Changing the main address on your LinkedIn account is not sufficient. Members report that LinkedIn is still sending emails to former addresses, such as @hp.com, via LinkedIn groups. (Group managers can't fix this.) Here's how to "powerwash" your LinkedIn account:

First, recheck your main settings. Hover over your photo in the top right corner of any LinkedIn page. Select "Privacy & Settings" then "Email addresses." Remove any defunct email addresses from your account.

For most people, your primary address on LinkedIn should be a personal account. Why? Continuity through changes in employment. Privacy. And to avoid emails being inadvertently discarded by your current employer's firewall. LinkedIn never exposes your email address. Each message you send via LinkedIn -- and each message sent to you by a colleagues, recruiter, group, etc. -- uses a LinkedIn email address with a unique random message number.

Second, powerwash your group memberships. Go to https://www.linkedin.com/groups/my-groups For each group, use the gear icon to select "Group settings." It turns out that the "Contact Email" is the primary address that was on your LinkedIn account at the time you joined that group -- which may no longer be valid. With the down arrow, select the desired address from the list of current addresses on your account. Save Changes.


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