We are a Ukrainian company. We stand with our colleagues, friends, family, and with all people of Ukraine. Our message

LinkedIn account restricted: what to do and how to avoid

Table of content

If you have already been suspended from LinkedIn, move to the next 5-10 article sections to understand what to do. Then re-read the piece from the beginning to consider the situation with LinkedIn bans and prevent it in the future.

Even if you aren’t new to LinkedIn prospecting, you also risk seeing the error when you try logging in one day: «This account is currently restricted». 

First of all, you, like many others, might skip reading the LinkedIn User Agreement and  Professional Community Policies. And then, when you try to use LinkedIn to its full potential - «why not?» - you get restricted.

Then, once it seems you’ve learned LinkedIn's prescribed and unspoken rules, they are updated as well as its algorithms, and your tactics are again at risk of LinkedIn jail even with premium plans.

Concerning all the unpredictability, you still can decrease your chances of getting banned.

Read on to understand how to prospect and use automation on LinkedIn without the risk of interrupting your work or losing your account altogether.

Safe lead prospecting with LinkedIn Extension

Use our extension to find leads and work with LinkedIn limits safely. We prioritize the security of your account.

Try for free

What does a LinkedIn account restricted mean?

LinkedIn account restriction means you will be suspended from your profile for a specified period or, in rare cases, indefinitely. It happens because LinkedIn algorithms identify your behavior as incompatible with Professional Community Policies and User Agreement.

What actions on LinkedIn cause the temporary account restriction?

The actions that may cause restrictions are: you exceeded the connection or profile view limit, you are suspected of using automation software, you posted or engaged with inappropriate content, or you were hacked.

Warning vs temporary ban vs permanent ban: LinkedIn restricted account how long until I get it back?

The difference between a warning, temporary and permanent ban, and the timeframe for returning access to a restricted account.

Based on the severity of the violation, there are 3 types of measures that LinkedIn takes.

Once you approach the free commercial use limit, you will see a warning. In case you reach the limit too promptly, you might be restricted from viewing profiles that aren’t your connections without initial notice. 

For minor violations of other rules, you will see the notice first.

Temporary account restrictions typically last from several hours to one week. The time will be specified on the «your LinkedIn account has been temporarily restricted» error after you log in. It depends on whether it is your first or repeated restriction.

Permanent account restrictions are the result of repeated temporary bans. It's pretty rare and is still not the end of the world. 

You can appeal your case by following an onscreen notice once you log in or in the Help Center (see how to contact LinkedIn below). As a last resort, use an account of your employee, relative, or friend. It is very hard to bypass the LinkedIn decision and create a new account.

Once you are banned temporarily or forever, users will see the message in your profile: «This profile is not available on LinkedIn».

How long will my LinkedIn account be restricted?

In case of a short-term ban, the restriction period will be prescribed in the message once you try to log in. If it is your first ban, you can try logging in again in a few hours. Otherwise, your suspension may last for 1 to 7 days. After several restrictions, you might be banned forever.

What happens to your LinkedIn account when it is restricted?

Once you are temporarily restricted, you can’t access your account while the LinkedIn team reviews the issue. In case it is your first ban, you will have your account back in several hours. If repeated - you might be suspended for up to a week. It happens because LinkedIn algorithms detect suspicious activity from your side that violates their User Agreement or Professional Community Policies.

How do I unrestrict my LinkedIn account?

In order to unrestrict your LinkedIn account, you may: wait till the end of the restriction period, fill the help center form (keep in mind, they might review your problem up to 5-7 days), describe your case and tag @LinkedInHelp on Twitter, appeal following the notification after you log in.

What to do if LinkedIn account is restricted?

  1. Temporarily disconnect automation tools
  2. Verify your ID if applicable
  3. Wait till the end of the restriction period
  4. Contact LinkedIn
  5. Maintain honest and polite communication

How many restricted accounts can you have on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn doesn’t provide an official limit. However, we strongly discourage creating a new account. It is almost impossible to bypass the LinkedIn decision, and creating a new account will be harder each time.

Now let's take a closer look at how access to your account has been temporarily restricted. 👇

How do you fix a temporary restriction on your LinkedIn account?

Temporarily disconnect automation tools

Disconnect tools associated with your LinkedIn account. It doesn’t matter why your LinkedIn account is restricted, we recommend disconnecting all LinkedIn productivity software from your account and browser. Log out and clear browser cash.

Wait till the end of the restriction period

DON’T try to create a new account. You might be detected and permanently banned.

How to recover a restricted LinkedIn account from the permanent ban?

To recover your LinkedIn activity after a permanent ban — better to use your colleague, friend, or relative account. Attempts to create a new account typically lead to a new ban.

Contact LinkedIn

There are several ways to reach the LinkedIn Help team when you have a LinkedIn account restricted.

This option is especially suitable for those users who have a LinkedIn account restricted for no reason. In case you have not used any automation tools or violated any LinkedIn rules, and you want to know the reason why your account is blocked to prevent this from happening in the future.

  1. Use the LinkedIn account recovery appeal. Appeal the case following the instructions when you log in to your profile.
  2. Use their contact form.
  3. Tag their Help account on Twitter describing your case. 

In case they don’t reply, try to reach them again in 1-2 months.

Maintain honest and polite communication

Though «honest» doesn’t mean telling extra information, they don’t ask for. For example, it isn’t necessary to share the automation tools you are using. The company already knows about it if you use them. And if you didn't, it wouldn't matter.

Ask what actions exactly lead to a LinkedIn account being restricted and seek ways to put it right. 

Specify how the restriction affects you and your professional life.

What to do after you recover a LinkedIn account

1. Eliminate any prospecting activity for a week or two.

2. (Re)read User Agreement (especially section 8) — activity-related bans and Professional Community Policy — content-related bans. It is easy to read and not dramatically large. With the rules in mind, you will be able to avoid suspicious behavior during the first weeks after recovery and beyond. Because if it's the case, you might find your account restricted indefinitely.

3. Consider moving to a premium subscription and discover their limits too. If you were restricted from viewing too many profiles and sending too many invitations — this might be the best option.

4.  Your account has been temporarily restricted as a precaution because you used automation tools? Take a break — at least one week.

Some tools provide safe options, such as GetProspect scan-mode, so prospects’ information is saved without visiting the profile. With such tools, after 1 week, once you recover a LinkedIn account, you can start using it in safe mode for 2-3 months. Then gradually move to the regular mode.

Try safe lead prospecting with GetProspect

Get 50 leads for free with emails and other data about them.

Sign Up

Read the automation software reviews. You may uncover it is completely unreliable. 

Consider contacting the support team of the tool and asking how to decrease the chances of being restricted again. 

5. Clear pending connection requests, those that you‘ve sent and that haven't gotten any reaction. Many pending invitations are one of the restricted account reasons. 

Here is how to withdraw previous invitations from your account:

Important: once you withdraw an invitation, you won't be able to resend a request to the same user for up to 3 weeks.

6. Warm up your account. Once you recover your LinkedIn account, you should earn your reputation back.

  • After a couple of weeks from recovery, start manually sending 5-10 connection requests per day. Then gradually increase it to 100 per week in the free LinkedIn plan.
  • First, connect with mutual connections and users who are most likely to accept your request.
  • Personalize your request by adding notes explaining why you want to connect.
  • Comment on others' posts, update your profile, share your own posts, participate in groups, etc.
In a couple of weeks after recovery - leverage safe features of LinkedIn tools

For example, the plugin has a scan mode feature that allows the extension to scrape leads from the search page without viewing the profiles.

Try safe prospecting

Why is my LinkedIn account restricted, and how to prevent bans

Automation tools or bot-like behavior

There are many helpful productivity tools and people who use them for good. However, another side of them hinders LinkedIn's mission to maintain a quality community of professionals: spamming and privacy risks.

LinkedIn is trying to protect its users from the side effects. That’s why sometimes, even using reputable tools and following best practices, you may see the message «This account is temporarily restricted».

Moreover, automation tools are not the key evil :) LinkedIn also bans users with bot-like behavior. Here is an example from a Reddit user:

How to use automation tools and avoid restricted accounts

Note: Clearing cash or static IP won’t decrease your chances of a ban, so beware of such tips.

  1. Go through the automation tool reviews — to ensure there are no obvious negative sides of the software.
  2. Look for other evidence that the tool is reputable. For instance, check whether Google features the extension.
  3. Pay attention to whether the tool has protective features. For example, the GetProspect LinkedIn extension has a profile view tracker and a scan mode. 
  4. Scan mode is a function that allows our extension to scrape leads from the search page without viewing the profiles. Keep in mind that the protective feature also should be used moderately to avoid a restricted account, i.e. we don’t recommend parsing 300 pages per day :)Note: you won’t see a profile view tracker in Scan mode.

    Even if you haven’t received warnings and notifications that the «user has been restricted», we highly recommend collecting part of the leads using scan mode. 

    We are continuously adapting to algorithm changes and looking for solutions to make your prospecting on LinkedIn safer.
  5. If you want to be especially careful, try to keep within 100 LinkedIn daily actions on the free LinkedIn plan: profile visits, invitations, and messages combined — advises Briana Dilworth, Creative Marketing Manager at Lemlist.
  6. Leverage other similar lead gen channels. LinkedIn regularly changes its algorithms. Sometimes you may find your account restricted, even in case you follow all the tips.

If you got a warning and LinkedIn is valuable to your pipeline... consider doing the work manually. Or use other places to find leads, such as the B2B database with advanced filters, or leverage our extension to collect leads and their emails via company websites.

Low connections engagement rate

Once many recipients don’t respond to your connection requests and messages, LinkedIn supposes you are a spammer. It results in your LinkedIn account being restricted. E.g., you sent recommended 100 requests per week, and around 70% of them haven’t accepted your invitation.

For account safety, try to keep your # of invitations under 100 (current approximate limit) connection requests per week and an acceptance rate under 20%.

Here are some tips to avoid a low engagement rate:

  • Seek mutual connections. Lukasz Zelezny, SEO Consultant from SEO Consultant London, recommends sending invitations to people who have already connected with someone you know. For example, if you're trying to connect with a decision-maker at a large company, search for someone in your network who also works there. Chances are good that they'll have a first-degree connection with the person you're trying to reach.
  • Choose the users you have something in common with. E.g. from the same industry, region, alumni of the same NGOs, schools, colleges, universities, or companies as you.
  • Use groups and influencers' comments to get to know new relevant prospects. 
  • Add in Notes why you’d like to connect with them. But don’t start with your offer. The practice usually has lower acceptance rates.
  • Remove pending invitations. Withdraw them 1-2 times per month and try to keep them under 500. In the section above, we’ve discussed how to do it to avoid restricted accounts.
  • Try out different sending hours.
  • Make sure your profile looks reputable and has all the necessary information.

Spam-like messaging

This activity implies copy-pasted content sent to multiple recipients. It is often left ignored or even reported as spam.

The tips to avoid your outreach being considered spam:

  • Make a point of building a quality list, so your message reaches relevant users.
  • Personalize your offer and try to stand out and look human
  • Limit messages even to your 1st connections. Practically speaking, it is unreal to craft 100 pieces of personalized content by one person per day. So it will look suspicious. We recommend sending up to 50 messages per day if your account is well-warmed.
  • Apply the rules above to InMails as well. «I can see «my account is restricted» if I send too many InMails in a short period or a single InMail to too many people. In case you have many new prospects or if you have a lot to pitch, try to send your InMails one by one. It will show you as someone who is personalizing their outreach and also give you a chance to see if the recipients open or click on your InMail.

Also, avoid InMail automation unless the other person is active on LinkedIn. Automation can be helpful to avoid manual optimization, but if the other person isn't active on LinkedIn, you are likely to end up with a restricted account». - as Matthew Ramirez, founder of Rephrase Media shared with me.

Here are the LinkedIn InMail limits for each account type.

Inappropriate content

I think most of the readers don’t share harassing content or offer illegal products or services. Still, there are cases when you can be restricted for what seem to be innocent activities: 

  • Comment with potentially reasonable but rude phrases
  • Offering free downloads such as eBooks
  • Reshare believed to be fake news
  • Offering surveys for free goods
  • Conducting market research

Hacking and suspicious activity

All the violations described above might be done by the hacker - to protect you and other users, LinkedIn considers that the user was challenged on LinkedIn and restricts your account. So LinkedIn advises:

  • change your password every 3-4 months
  • don’t use the same password for many other platforms
  • consider using an enterprise password manager to securely manage and rotate your passwords
  • look after the email and phone number linked to your profile. The contacts registered to your account might no longer be valid. For example, you didn’t use the email, and it was compromised.
  • enable two-step verification

These activities related to location and IP are also considered suspicious and result in a restricted account meaning you lose account access. LinkedIn just wants to make sure you aren’t hacked:

  • Logging from different regions within a short time frame
  • You forgot to sign out from your account in the office or a public computer and then another person unintentionally opened your account
  • Your assistant or agency that help you manage account logged in at the same time frame as you from a different location
  • Mass outreach campaigns in unusual hours. E.g., at night or on Sunday.

Preventive practices against a restricted account on LinkedIn

Warm up your account

If you are a new user, haven’t used LinkedIn for prospecting before, or just recovered your LinkedIn account, you should increase your LinkedIn activity slowly. 

You need the tactic so LinkedIn admins get used to your activity level and don’t flag you as suspicious because of an unexpected spike of views, invitations, or messages.

For example, in case you want to save 300 leads with GetProspect, you can save 100 of them via regular mode and the rest via scan mode. Over time, you can progressively raise the number of saved contacts via regular mode.

Look into the account upgrades section

Andrew Gonzales, Co-Founder at BusinessLoans, shared with me that once a LinkedIn account is restricted, one of the best ways to maintain momentum is simply to upgrade your account.

This might be an obvious piece of advice, just in case - if you see LinkedIn as a profitable channel for your company and actively use it, it is worth paying for the Sales Navigator. You better spend $100 than lose your valuable account forever.

Important: even premium plans have commercial limits, so don’t be too enthusiastic with your prospecting efforts. From our recent observations, Sales Navigator allows around 1800 profile views and 1100 connection requests per day if you have a warm-up account and have used automation tools. Though the limits aren’t fixed, they may change with the platform algorithms.

Add more LinkedIn accounts to your strategy

Nancy Eichler, Sr. VP of Marketing & E-commerce from iwi life, shares with me the following in this regard. «If you want to increase your business’s LinkedIn prospecting efforts and avoid ending up with a restricted account, bring more of your employees on board. They can help with this initiative so that you can use multiple LinkedIn accounts rather than one. 

Splitting up the prospecting duties will lessen the prospecting limits set for each account».


  • Review the LinkedIn rules in detail: User Agreement, Professional community policies + search for rules related to your typical activity with an account in LinkedIn Help Center.
  • Pay special attention to warnings and temporary restrictions because you might be banned forever.
  • Don’t try to create a new account once restricted.
  • Once you recover a LinkedIn account: warm up your account, delete pending invitations, take a break from using automation tools.
  • The most common restriction reasons are automated activities, low invitation acceptance rate, a spike in account activity, running out of the allowed limit, spam-like messaging, hacking and suspicious activity, inappropriate content.
  • You could be banned for using automation software even if you did everything manually.
  • Automation tools can be used safely while increasing your productivity
  • To prevent  a restricted account outcome, consider: moving to a Sales Navigator subscription, integrating more LinkedIn accounts to your strategy, looking after your account privacy and security, limiting your LinkedIn activity and tracking your outreach metrics.

About author

Vlada Korzun

I have +4 years of content marketing experience, mainly in B2B. Have an amazing journey from legal tech to sales tech. I worked a lot and gained positive business numbers with social channels such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit for lead gen and brand awareness.