How to attach files to LinkedIn messages

Sending attachments in LinkedIn messages is no more complicated than it is in any other messaging system, but there are some important differences to be aware of.

NB: This article is updated the 12th of june 2017.

Start the same way you would with an ordinary LinkedIn message (go to “messaging” and choose the “compose a new message” icon). Type the name (or names) of the person (or people) you want to receive your message, then type in your message.

To add an attachment, simply click on the paper clip icon in the message text box; this will open a dialog box allowing you to select a file from your computer.

If you’re sending to more than one recipient at a time, it’s very important to remember that LinkedIn will cc your message to all of them. That means everyone getting your message will see the names of everyone else it was sent to. If you want to protect the privacy of your connections, you have to compose each message individually.

Formats, possibilities and limitations

Although you can view attachments on the LinkedIn mobile app, you cannot add attachments to outgoing messages from the mobile app.

You can attach no more than five files to a LinkedIn message.

File types that can be attached are:

  • Documents: csv, xls, xlsx, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pdf, txt, html, htm
  • Images: gif, jpeg, jpg, png, bmp

The combined size of all files attached to a single message cannot exceed 2 MB.

Best of luck enriching and engaging your LinkedIn network!

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