LinkedIn adds audio name pronunciation cues to user profiles

Kareem Anderson

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LinkedIn is going phonetic with a new audio recording feature that will allow users to record quick audio of the correct pronunciation of their name and post it to their profiles.

Starting this week we are adding an audio recording feature to your Profile so you’ll have the ability to create a recording of your name pronunciation, which will then be clickable on your profile. Once you add a recording, other members visiting your profile can quickly listen to the recording to better understand your pronunciation preference and, subsequently, ensure they can correctly say your name. You can also listen to other members’ pronunciations by visiting their profiles when they have added a recording.

Interestingly enough, the new audio feature can only record users voices through LinkedIn’s Android and iOS mobile apps, whereas playback can be done from all platforms including the web.

While there are separate instruction areas for iOS and Android users located in the LinkedIn Help section, the step by step process of recording an audio name pronunciation appears to be identical within the apps themselves.

To record and display your name pronunciation on your profile:

  1. Tap your profile picture > View Profile.
  2. Tap the  Edit icon from your introduction card.
  3. Tap  Record name pronunciation.
    • If you’ve already recorded your name, you can tap the  Edit icon to delete or replace the existing recording.
  4. Tap the recording button and hold to record your name. Note: You can also cancel or preview the recording.
  5. Tap the Use button when you’re satisfied with your recording. Note: You can also Retake the recording.
  6. Tap Save.

Prior to recording, users are advised to:

  • Make sure the total recording time is within 10 seconds
  • Limit background noise
  • Speak slowly and pronounce each syllable clearly
  • Hold the phone about four inches from your mouth

The new audio recording feature is currently rolling out to updated LinkedIn apps on Android and iOS, so may need to refresh their app stores to push the update.