You’re trying to access your LinkedIn account, but it takes ages to load.
You may try to upload an image or document, but the website doesn’t complete your commands.
While slow loading times are unacceptable and frustrating in today’s world, they can happen with every website.
You may wonder how you can make LinkedIn run faster by finding the underlying cause that makes it slow.
Why Is LinkedIn So Slow? (Causes, Fixes)
LinkedIn may be slow due to internal and external issues.
Internal issues can involve many problems out of users’ control.
Their servers may be down, or they may be adding new software or code.
In such cases, you can do nothing but wait until the platform solves the issues, which shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours.
If the problem is on your end, it can range from weak connections or faults with the browser, LinkedIn’s app, or your device.
You could try restarting your app, browser, and device as the first troubleshooting action.
If the issue persists, you can use this guide to troubleshoot LinkedIn’s slow loading speed.
1. Preliminary Troubleshooting
Like any other website, LinkedIn can run into occasional glitches that cause it to load more slowly than ever.
In such cases, you can do nothing as an end user except wait until they fix the problem.
To make sure, you could contact LinkedIn’s help center and ask them if they’re experiencing issues.
If the web page or app gives a specific error, take a screenshot and send it to the help center.
You could also ask them or other users on their social media pages to see if they have the same issue.
You should also ensure LinkedIn servers are down by checking online tools that take the website’s URL and tell you if the servers are okay.
If you’re certain that you’re the only one experiencing issues, you can try the following solutions and see which one works for you.
Your device may have problems that don’t allow the website or app to load its content fast enough.
2. Slow Internet Connection
Regardless of accessing LinkedIn through its app or website, you need a fast, reliable internet connection.
The app or website may not have any issues while your internet connection is at fault.
To make sure, open other websites and see how fast they load.
If they load slowly, you should check your connection.
Do an online speed test and see if your speed is critically lower than expected.
If so, reset your router by pressing the reset button on the back of the device or simply unplugging it.
Wait 30 seconds and plug the router back in.
Check your internet connection again and see if the problem is solved.
If not, you should contact your ISP and ask them to inspect your connection.
You may also want to switch to a different connection and see if LinkedIn loads faster on the new connection.
For example, if you’re on cellular data, switch to wi-fi and vice versa.
If possible, you could also use an ethernet cable to get a more reliable and faster connection.
Finally, you could update your network adapters to ensure nothing is slowing down your connection.
Network adapters manage everything related to your internet connection.
To do so, right-click the Start menu and go to Device Manager.
Scroll down to Network adapters and expand it.
Right-click each entry separately, select Update driver > Search automatically for drivers and follow the on-screen instruction to finish the update process.
3. Browser Issues
If LinkedIn loads slowly, there may be nothing wrong with the website.
Your default browser may have temporary issues that don’t let websites load quickly enough.
In other cases, certain websites may have incompatible codes with some browsers, affecting their load times and causing other performance issues.
Try opening another browser and accessing LinkedIn to see how it loads.
Many users have solved this issue simply by using another browser.
If it doesn’t work, you can try the following:
A. Update The Browser
All major browsers get updated automatically without you noticing.
However, pending or delayed updates due to internet problems or other incompatibilities may prevent the browser from functioning properly on some websites.
You can update the browser manually to help it work better.
Here’s how to update different browsers:
To update Chrome in Windows, open Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner.
Go to Help > About Google Chrome.
If there’s a new update, the browser will automatically download it.
After downloading the new updates, Chrome may ask you to relaunch the browser to install the updates.
After reopening Chrome, you’ll see the message “Chrome is up to date.”
To update Chrome on your Android phone, go to Settings > Apps > Chrome.
If Chrome updates are available, you can find and tap the option to get the latest version.
Updating Firefox in Windows is similar to Chrome: click the three horizontal lines on the top right corner, and click About Firefox to go to the update page.
If Firefox is outdated, the wizard will automatically download the latest updates.
You can update Firefox on your Android device through the same steps mentioned for Chrome.
To update Safari on your Mac, you can go to the App Store, find Safari, and check for updates.
Alternatively, you can go to the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Software Update.
Get the latest version of macOS to update Safari.
To update Safari on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
You can get the latest version of Safari by getting the latest version of iOS.
B. Reinstall The Browser
Updating the browser should solve any glitch or bug that prevents LinkedIn from functioning properly.
However, if the issue persists despite trying all the above solutions, you can uninstall your browser and see if it helps.
Remember to clear all the cache and temporary files related to the browser.
Otherwise, the glitches may remain.
4. App Issues
If you access LinkedIn through its app, it may have software glitches or bugs that make it run slowly.
You can make sure by accessing it on its website and seeing how it affects your speed.
If it loads fast, you can update the app to remove any possible bugs.
Go to Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store and get the latest updates for the app if available.
Alternatively, you could uninstall the app and reinstall it if there’s no update available.
5. VPN Connections
Connecting to a VPN can slow down your internet connection because it adds an extra step to the connection process.
When you use a VPN, you connect to another server before connecting to your target website.
In addition, your distance from the VPN’s server can directly affect your internet speed.
The greater the distance, the slower the connection.
Although a high-quality VPN and a fast internet connection may reduce these effects, you may still experience a slow connection if the servers are busy and used by many users at once.
A VPN can also create clashes with some websites, making your connection to their servers unstable.
In addition, if your VPN constantly changes your IP address, LinkedIn servers may block you for security reasons.
In rare cases, LinkedIn servers are down in the same region your VPN IPs are assigned to.
You won’t have these issues if you access LinkedIn through your original IP.
Try deactivating your VPN and see if it improves your connection.
If you must use an anonymous connection, get a reliable VPN that doesn’t reduce your internet speed.
The opposite of all the above issues is also possible and solvable by connecting to a VPN.
If LinkedIn has blocked the IPs in your region or the LinkedIn servers are down only in your area, connecting to a VPN can bypass all these restrictions and give you a stable connection.
6. Browser Extensions
The add-ons and extensions you add to your browser can enhance your experience on the internet.
However, since they’re third-party applications, they can create issues and instabilities affecting your experience with some websites, including LinkedIn.
They can slow down your connection or eat up your processing power, especially if you haven’t used them for a long time or they’re poorly developed.
These extensions, especially ad blockers, interfere with LinkedIn and other websites’ scripts, affecting how you see the website’s content.
It’s recommended to temporarily disable them and see how it affects your LinkedIn experience.
You should also permanently disable the extensions that you haven’t used in a while.
Depending on your browser, you may need to go to different settings and menus, but they all have straightforward processes to manage and disable extensions.
For example, Google Chrome has a separate icon for extensions in the upper right corner of the browser.
It looks like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle that you can click to see all your installed add-ons.
Select each extension, click on the three vertical dots next to it, and select Remove from Chrome.
On Safari, you can access extensions via Safari > Preferences > Extensions.
Note. You can use your browser’s Incognito mode if you don’t want to disable your extensions or have too many extensions to manage.
It automatically disables all the add-ons, so you can see how LinkedIn loads without them.
To activate Chrome’s Incognito mode, right-click the Chrome icon in the taskbar and select Incognito.
For Safari, press the Command key + shift + N to go for private browsing.
And for Firefox, go to Settings and click New Private Window.
7. Full Browser Cache
Caching is an effective process that makes websites load more quickly.
The cache contains pieces of data loaded on your device about the websites that you visit.
Your browser saves these pieces, which are fixed and don’t change whenever you visit the website so that it doesn’t need to load them the next time you visit the website.
Browsers and devices clear caches regularly and automatically, but some caches may remain for up to a year in your device’s hard drive.
In such cases, a full cache can slow down some websites’ loading time instead of speeding it up.
You can clear these caches to improve your device performance.
It doesn’t affect your browsing experience because the cached data isn’t essential and can be downloaded the next time you visit a website.
To clear your browser cache, you should access your browser’s settings.
For example, Google Chrome has the option for clearing cache under Settings > Privacy and Security > Clear browsing data.
For Firefox, you should go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Cookies and site data > Clear data.
To clear the browser cache in Safari, open your browser and go to the Develop menu > Empty Caches.
If the Develop menu isn’t available, go to the Safari menu > Preferences > Advanced.
In the Preference window, enable Show Develop menu in the menu bar by checking the box next to it.
Clear App Cache
If you use a desktop or mobile LinkedIn app, you should clear the app’s cache, depending on your device.
For Windows, open a Run box by pressing the Windows Logo key + R.
Type in clearmgr.exe and press Ok.
Your app cache is stored on the system drive, which is usually Drive C.
Select Temporary Internet files and select Clear.
You should clean the app cache if you access LinkedIn on its mobile app.
For Android devices, go to Settings > Apps > LinkedIn > Storage > Clear cache.
For iPhone, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > LinkedIn > Reset cache on next launch.
8. Account Issues
Sometimes your LinkedIn becomes sluggish because of the glitches in your account rather than hardware issues or connection problems.
These glitches can go away if you log out of your account and log back in.
Regardless of whether you use LinkedIn’s website, desktop app, or mobile app, you should expand the menu under Me and select Sign Out.
Now, sign back in and see if the page loads more quickly.
If the problem doesn’t go away, create another account or log into a different account if you have one.
Check the new account’s loading speed and see how it works.
If the second account works fine, contact LinkedIn’s help center and report your issue.
9. Device Incompatibilities
Sometimes apps and websites don’t load properly on certain devices for unknown reasons.
You may be connected to the same wi-fi connection on your mobile device and laptop but don’t get the same connection quality on the two devices.
It’s worth trying to go on LinkedIn on a different device and see how it works.
10. Content Issues
If LinkedIn is slow when trying to upload content, like photos or documents, your content may be the culprit.
For example, if your photo doesn’t follow the platform’s guidelines regarding size, it won’t upload, making you think the website is slow.
In such cases, go over LinkedIn’s content guidelines to ensure your file size isn’t larger than allowed.
You can also use LinkedIn’s built-in tool to troubleshoot your content.
Post Inspector allows you to manage and optimize your content and resolves any issues that prevent it from getting uploaded or viewed properly.
You should only add the problematic URL and select Debug Issues to identify the problem.