How To Get The Contact Details Of Your 2nd And 3rd Connections on LinkedIn In Three Easy Ways

There’s no such thing as too many leads. Even if you have a rich network of sales leads on LinkedIn already, we will show you how to get the contact details of your 2nd and 3rd connections on LinkedIn in 3 different (and easy!) ways.

LinkedIn stores this data behind an unnecessary paywall, but we are here to solve this issue and help you generate more of those precious leads.

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What are LinkedIn 2nd and 3rd connections?

Because LinkedIn is a professional social network, you don’t have friends there, you have professional connections. And your LinkedIn connections can be of three degrees – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. 

People in the 1st degree connections are the ones you are, let’s say, friends with. Either you’ve sent them an invitation to connect and they accepted it or you’ve accepted their invitation to connect. You can easily get in touch with them by sending a direct message on LinkedIn. What is more important: you can view their contact details and get their email addresses.

Connections of the 2nd degree on LinkedIn are the people who are in connection with the ones who are in connection with you – a friend of my friend situation. And they can easily become your connections of the 1st degree if you click the Connect button. Unfortunately, until you do that, you can neither communicate with them nor see their contact details. However, if you upgrade your LinkedIn plan, you can message them.

3rd degree connections are the people who are connected to your 2nd connections. The access is the same: no messages and contact information available.

All in all, you can get in touch and get the email addresses of only the 1st degree connections on LinkedIn. So how can you find the LinkedIn contact emails of your 2nd and 3rd connections? 

This is where we come in

Method 1:
How to get LinkedIn emails of 2nd and 3rd connections with LI Prospect Finder
With LI Prospect Finder, you can easily get contact details from LinkedIn, regardless of the degree of connection.

Step 1. Create a free account and install the LI Prospect Finder extension
The first step is to create a account and install the LI Prospect Finder extension. When registering, you can sign up using email or with your Gmail account. The extension automatically integrates with your account and you can start using and LinkedIn to find emails.

Method 3:
How to find 2nd and 3rd connections’ emails with Linked Helper 
And here’s the last of the ways to get the contact details of 2nd- and 3rd-degree connections on LinkedIn. Download the Linked Helper extension and install it according to the instructions provided. Note, the Linked Helper has a free 14-day trial. The price after the trial starts at $15 per month. 

Start contacting potential leads for free

The Linked Helper extractor will provide you with a bunch of data, except emails: 

- Company’s location
- Dates of the person’s employment at the company
- Company’s LinkedIn profile URL
- Details on the person’s previous places of employment
- Education and degree info
- Mutual connections
- Interests

Because the LinkedIn helper tool works on-page, the workflow is rather time-consuming: it opens every profile, spends some time on the page, scrolls it, and sets time lapses between two profiles so that it looks as if a real person is surfing page after page. The pause between two searches is 45 seconds by default, though you can change it in the Timeout settings tab. Again, these timeouts are meant to prevent your account from being blocked by LinkedIn.

Go to LinkedIn and filter the users by necessary parameters. At the bottom of the browser, activate Linked Helper, open the Profiles Extractor tab (the third one), and click the Extract button. You can stop the process at any moment by clicking the Stop profiles extraction button. Go to the Export tab and click the Download CSV file. All the collected profiles and details will be downloaded as a file. 

Open the CSV file and manage the data columns any way you need. That’s all! The list of enriched leads from your LinkedIn 2nd and 3rd connections is ready. If you need to add emails to the list, you can upload it to and get the email addresses of prospects using one of the email finder features (Emails From Names or Social URL Search). 

What to do next

Whether you choose to use LI Prospect Finder or the LinkedIn helper tool, the list of leads in your 2nd and 3rd connections on LinkedIn is enriched and ready to use.

Want to convert them as fast as you can without having to sacrifice precious little time you have? Start a highly-personalized and automated email drip campaign with using one of our templates. 

Happy prospecting!

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