Don’t Blame Your Lack of LinkedIn Personalization on Your Smartphone

Don't Blame Your SmartphoneIt used to be that, when you sent out an invitation to connect with someone on LinkedIn – and you used your smartphone – LinkedIn did not give you the ability to personalize that request. If you clicked on the “connect” button from your phone, a generic LinkedIn invitation went out automatically.

It was frustrating to those who valued the importance of connecting in a friendly and professional way, but were using their phones to do so.

The other day I received another generic invite and, as I always do, before accepting the request I reached out to that person to ask how the found me (i.e., were they referred or were they simply searching LinkedIn). When they responded, they immediately apologized for the impersonal message and blamed it on their phone.

Alas, it’s time to stop pointing the finger at your phone. Since the end of last year, LinkedIn’s mobile app made it possible for you to personalize those connection requests. If you’re on the go and like to use your mobile phone for connecting with professionals on LinkedIn, you can do so and be personal, but there is a catch.

You still don’t click on that “Connect” button.

First, go to the person’s profile and you’ll notice three little dots in the upper right hand corner (see image below).
Connecting on LinkedIn

Click on that and you’ll get a dialog box (see below) that reveals a drop down menu. When you select, “Personalize invite,” you’ll see “Add a quick reminder of how you know…” and then you can add your personal message there.
Personalize your LinkedIn invite

I use an iPhone, so I’m not sure if an Android will give the exact same cue in the dialog box. Please keep me posted if you give it a try!

As you may know, one of the biggest mistakes people make on LinkedIn is not taking the time to write a personal message when they send out an invitation to connect.

Now, you can do it from your desktop, laptop or your LinkedIn Mobile App! It’s a great way to start a conversation and begin building relationships from the get-go. And, that’s what social networking is all about it, isn’t it?

When it comes to connecting with others on LinkedIn, do you have a tip you’d like to share? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below because I’d love to hear from you. Thanks a million and here’s to your sweet success.

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.


  1. Wanted to let you know that the link to your twitter in your bio is not working.

    • Hmm, Alice where are you looking? I just went to and clicked on the link there (i.e., and it worked.
      Please keep me posted as to what you found and I’ll attend to it. Much appreciated. ~Debra


  1. […] (NOTE: Many people say, “I sent the request from my smartphone and didn’t ‘let’ me write a personalized invite.” This is no longer the case. You CAN send a personalized request from your phone. Here’s how.) […]

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