What is Xing?
Xing is a social network that focuses on professional networking. It enables its users to make contacts, discover professional opportunities and find out about industry trends.
Xing is particularly popular in German-speaking countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Why do some users want to delete their Xing account?
There are various reasons why users might want to delete their Xing account. Some users may feel that they no longer need the network, perhaps because they have found a new job or because they find other platforms more effective.
Others might be concerned about the amount of personal information they share online and therefore want to reduce their digital presence. Still others might simply feel that they have too many social networks and want to get rid of some of them to simplify their online activities.
Step-by-step instructions for deleting a Xing account
Register with Xing
The first step to deleting your Xing account is to log in to Xing. Visit the Xing website and log in with your credentials.
After you have logged in, click on your profile picture, which is located in the top right corner of the page. A drop-down menu will appear. Select the "Settings" option here.
Selecting the option "Delete profile
Within the settings you will find an option called "User Account". Click on it and you will see an option called "Delete Profile". Click on this option.
Confirmation of the deletion
After you have clicked on "Delete profile", you will be guided through a process in which you must confirm the deletion of your account. This process may involve entering your password and clicking on a button called "Delete profile permanently".
Please note that after confirmation all your data and personal messages will be irretrievably lost.
What happens after the deletion of the Xing account?
Loss of data and personal messages
After deleting your Xing account, all your data and personal messages will be irretrievably lost. This includes your profile information, contacts and all messages you have sent or received.
Possibility to download data before deletion
Before you permanently delete your account, Xing offers you the option to download your data. This can be a good option if you want to keep certain information or messages for future reference.
Make sure you use this option before clicking on "Delete profile permanently".
Remaining messages in the recipients' mailboxes
It is important to note that although your personal messages will be deleted, any messages you have sent to other users will remain in their inboxes. However, your name will no longer be displayed next to these messages.
Differences between deleting a basic and a premium account
Deletion of a basic account
If you have a basic Xing account, you can simply delete your account by following the steps above. All your data and personal messages will be irretrievably deleted and you will have no way to recover your account.
Deletion of a Premium Account
If you have a Premium account with Xing, the account cancellation process is similar, but there are some additional considerations. In particular, you should note that any remaining term of your Premium membership will expire and Xing will not refund any money.
Switching from a Premium Membership to a Basic Membership
As an alternative to deleting your account completely, Premium members can switch their membership from the paid membership to the free Basic membership. This can be a good option if you no longer need the benefits of Premium membership but still want to keep access to your Xing network.
Please note that you must cancel your Premium Membership up to three weeks before the end of the current term. If you do not cancel in time, your Premium Membership will only end at the end of your upcoming term.
Alternative to deleting the Xing account: Deactivation
How to deactivate a Xing account
If you do not want to delete your Xing account completely, but just want to take a break, Xing offers the option to deactivate your account. To deactivate your account, navigate to the settings, select "User account" and then the option "Deactivate profile".
You can specify how long you want your profile to stay offline, with options ranging from 1 month to 12 months.
Advantages of deactivation compared to deletion
Deactivating your Xing account has the advantage that all your data remains intact. Your profile will no longer be accessible during the deactivation period, but you will not lose any information or contacts. In addition, premium memberships are paused for the period of deactivation.
Xing credits your profile for the period of deactivation after reactivation. This can be a good option if you want to take a break from Xing without losing your network contacts or profile information.
Summary of the most important points
In this article we have looked at the process of deleting a Xing account. We discussed the steps to delete both a basic and premium account and highlighted the consequences of deletion, including the irretrievable loss of data and personal messages.
In addition, we have presented the option of deactivation as an alternative to complete deletion of the account.
Concluding thoughts and recommendations
The decision to delete a Xing account is a personal one that should be based on your individual needs and circumstances. Before deleting your account, you should carefully consider all options and ensure that you understand all consequences of deletion.
If you are not sure whether you want to delete your account permanently, deactivation could be a good alternative. Whichever option you choose, remember that your online presence is an important part of your personal and professional identity and act accordingly.