Importing from LinkedIn

Tips and tricks for the LinkedIn import process.

Before you start

  1. ​Sign up for Dex using your Google Account or Email

  2. ​Download and install the Dex for Chrome extension

⚠️ To use Dex Extension: you must be using Google Chrome

Importing LinkedIn connections

The recommended way to import LinkedIn connections is to go through our integrated sources import flow:

  • Click 'Import' on the bottom left sidebar

  • Click 'LinkedIn'

This should take you a page that looks like this:

The Integrated sources page where you can import LinkedIn

To import from LinkedIn, click the Connect button on the LinkedIn row.

  • Make sure that you're logged in to LinkedIn on the browser you're using before starting

  • This could take a while to run, so please be patient!

  • After this is done, you'll be able to choose one or more contacts to add to LinkedIn

⚠️ Important: Do not click away from the window during the importing process.

Importing all LinkedIn Connections ( > 1000 connections)

By default, the Chrome Extension import is only able to import up to 1000 LinkedIn people to select from. This is due to restrictions on the LinkedIn (LinkedIn users can only view 1000 connections by default). To import all of your LinkedIn connections, please do the following:

  1. Open up your LinkedIn Settings here:​

  2. Click 'Get a Copy of your data' and check 'Connections' here:

Downloading your connections from LinkedIn

After submitting your request, you should receive a download link to a .zip file with your. LinkedIn connections. After downloading, extract the file and locate Connections.csv

  • Open this file in a text or spreadsheet editor of your choice

  • Rename the 'Position' column to 'Title'

  • Save this file

  • Import this file as a CSV file.

    • You can click 'Import' -> 'Direct Import' -> CSV file

    • You'll have to merge the first and last names from this file into one column

      • In Excel: =A2&" "&B2

      • In Google Sheets: =CONCATENATE(A2, " ", B2)

    • With this CSV, import using our from .CSV file guide:

Note: we generally don't recommend importing via Connections.csv, as this file is limited. Instead, we recommend adding contacts one-by-one with the Chrome Extension.

Building a workflow using Dex

Once you've successfully installed the extension, a button will automatically appear in LinkedIn whenever you navigate to a profile. This lets you automatically add new LinkedIn contacts or link existing ones.

Here are some things you can do in Dex to make you a better networker:

  • Add a new contact using the Dex button

  • Add a description for a connection (i.e. attended Dublin Jerome High School, has two kids, huge Cavs fan 🏀 )

  • Set a reminder to check in with a connection

  • Invite a connection to join Dex

Additional tips for building your network and getting started can be found here:

See duplicates?

See contacts that did not merge automatically during the import process? Easily fix and remove duplicates using the Merge and Fix tool.