How To Get 1 Month of LinkedIn Learning For Free

After you’ve already used your free trial. You’re welcome!

Keri Savoca
3 min readFeb 20, 2019
Update: As of 22 June 2019, the benefit has been restored, but is now for only 1 month instead of 3. :(Update: As of 7 May 2019, Microsoft has told me that the LinkedIn Learning benefit is still down, but is coming back soon.  They do not have an exact ETA, but apparently, there was an error with the integration of the two products that needed to be fixed.  They assure me it will return soon. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to let me know about this issue!  Connect with me on LinkedIn to get an update when this issue is resolved.

LinkedIn Learning is the best thing since sliced bread. Yes — I just said that. It’s everything an avid learner could ask for. There are courses about everything. Programming. Making music. Public speaking. Writing. Sales. Marketing. Customer Service. Making a YouTube channel.

Look. This is amazing. Anyone else about to get addicted to learning?

When you complete a course, it gets added to your LinkedIn profile under the “Certifications” section.

But you can’t access LinkedIn Learning without a Premium subscription to LinkedIn. You get a one month free trial of Premium, and then that’s it.

Boooooo. If only there were another way.

Spoiler alert: There is another way.

All you need is a Microsoft account. By following the steps below, you’ll gain access to another month of LinkedIn Premium beyond the one-month free trial.

Step 1: Log into LinkedIn.

Step 2: In another tab, sign up for Microsoft Visual Studio Dev Essentials.

Access Visual Studio Dev Essentials here.

Click on “Join or access now” to log in with your Microsoft account. Make a Microsoft account if you don’t already have one.

Step 3: Click on LinkedIn Learning.

Step 4: Click “Activate”.

This will connect the promotion to your LinkedIn account. You’ll see something like this:

Sorry, this is an old screenshot. As of June 2019, the benefit is only for one month. :(

Click “Activate your offer”.

Step 5: You’re in!

You have one more month to take as many courses as you’d like.