The Five: Things to Know about LinkedIn Lite

When it comes to technology, people want it all. And then they realize that maybe they want it not so much. Remember how Facebook introduced Facebook Lite a few years back and then went on to introduce Facebook Messenger Lite? They realized that if they want to gain the most users, they had to accept that some people have crappy old phones. So they created a lighter version of the app that could work on 2G and 3G networks.The LinkedIn Mobile app takes up a whopping 27 MB on the Android phone. And now, starting in India, they have launched Linkedin Lite.

Here are some interesting facts.

1.) LinkedIn Lite app is less than 1 MB in size.

2.) The new app can load pages in five seconds “even on a 2G network.”

It will also help those of us with spotty networks and limited storage.

3.) It will reduce data usage by 80 percent.

4.) India has emerged as a top market for LinkedIn in the Asia Pacific, contributing 42 million users. It actually launched there in September.

5.) LinkedIn reportedly plans to launch in 60 countries with limited mobile coverage in the coming weeks and months.

The lite version still allows you to see your normal news feed, personal profile, networks, messaging, and notifications. Just not the other stuff that takes up too much data.Unfortunately, there are no Premium features available with LinkedIn Lite, including:

  • Background image
  • Premium Insights in the job details page
  • Search filters
  • Sending InMail messages
  • LinkedIn Learning


“Besides providing a fast, data-light solution for professionals in slow network areas, we hope the LinkedIn Lite app will democratize access to economic opportunity. Regardless of their device or location, we hope to level the playing field for all LinkedIn members so they can get closer to their dream jobs, grow their networks and become more successful,” said Akshay Kothari, LinkedIn’s country manager for India. It should be interesting to see how many users flock to the “Lite side” of apps.


Akshay Kothari, Head of LinkedIn India

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