How to View LinkedIn Profiles Anonymously

We want to stalk people with greater anonymity, but LinkedIn nudges us to login at every opportunity. There are quite a few methods online for viewing Linkedin profiles anonymously or without an account. I did a quick Google search and didn’t see this approach used. Most techniques boil down to:

  • Use a stylesheet to override the CSS (now defunct).
  • Have an account and set your privacy to make yourself totally anonymous. This stops data collection of other people who view your profile, and still causes you to trigger anonymous profile views.

The method I’m proposing lets you view LinkedIn profile pages without an account, and anonymously. Your data remains intact.

Scroll to the bottom for the currently working method.

How to View LinkedIn Profiles Without An Account (Old Method)

  1. Find out the person’s profile URL using Google. Copy it.
  2. Open Google Translate and paste in the URL.
  3. Select a language to ‘translate from’ other than english.
  4. Click the ‘translate’ button. Press the ‘original’ button if needed.
  5. You can now view their LinkedIn profile anonymously and without an account.

That’s all there is to it.

If you need images:

Linkedin Profile Search on Google
This is the URL we want. Notice that there isn’t a cache of this URL for us to view.
Using Google Translate to View LinkedIn Profiles
If needed, the ‘view original’ toggle can be selected.

How does this work?

If we try to access my own profile URL we get redirected via JS to:

LinkedIn Login Page

But if Google tries to access that URL, it can. Google gets a relatively free pass in accessing most of the web. By using Google Translate to access LinkedIn, we use Google on our behalf to retrieve the page for us, thereby avoiding the login wall and not alerting our target that we’re stalking them.

I don’t believe that this triggers anonymous account views, or any views at all. It’s not the full profile, but it’s enough to satisfy the stalking itch for most. Enjoy it for as long as it lasts.

tl;dr – use Google translate. tl;dr – scroll down slightly this method has broken.

How to View LinkedIn Profiles Without An Account

  1. Find out the person’s profile URL using Google. Copy it.
  2. Open Google’s mobile friendly test and paste in the URL.
  3. Open the Source Code tab and copy the code.
  4. Paste the code into an online HTML viewer like JSBin.
  5. You can once again view their LinkedIn profile anonymously and without an account.

The first method broke, probably because I published it on the internet. This is slightly more of a hassle but it works for the slightly limited profile that’s exposed to Search Engines. This one may break too. I think it will be more robust than Google translate since it pretends to be the Googlebot used for ranking the internet, but enjoy it while you can.

In Images:

Viewing the Preview
Copying the source code
Pasting into JSBin

That’s it – use it or just log in.

(then check out the LinkedIn for Dummies book and then buy some other things on amazon .Or don’t.)

18 thoughts on “How to View LinkedIn Profiles Anonymously”

  1. I tried this once a few days ago and it worked perfectly. Today it seems Google has closed this loophole. :(

    1. Seemed to be working for me today on my own profile – maybe it was an issue with that particular profile? Hope it’s not closed.

          1. Thanks for the reply. I’ll continue working on a workaround myself and keep you updated as well.

    1. Sorry, I could be wrong. It’s working in another computer with different IP.

      Please help delete my previous comments. Thanks.

  2. Thanks, that was really helpful! (Though not because I wanted to stalk people ; I just kinda can’t make an account as of now, and after reading enough articles on how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out, I wanted to see what that would actually look like on LinkedIn :P)

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