Finding somebody’s email address can be
difficult because unlike phone numbers and physical addresses, there’s not a
phonebook-like database of email addresses. However, there are a few tips you
can employ that will make your email-finding process easier.
Find an Email
Address With a Search Engine
Google or another search engine is a great place for finding all sorts of information, and if the tool you use has advanced searching capabilities, finding an email address can be easy.
When you use a search engine to find someone’s
email address, you’re able to quickly sift through a huge database of websites
at once. This is the best way to find anybody’s email address, so it should be
your very first method.
However, it’d be next to impossible to move
through all those websites by hand to find each email address, and then filter
through all those addresses to find the one you’re after. It’s important, then,
to use any tools available to you to narrow down the results.
With Google, for example, you can use search
operators to get really specific about the person you’re looking for. Here’s
one example if you were looking for Jerry Carl’s Gmail address:
AND “Jerry Carl”
Of course, adding any other relevant
information might be helpful. If you know where this person works or lives, or
anything else about him or her that might show up alongside his email address
on an online profile of him, use it here.
Here are some other examples of using Google
to find anybody’s email address:
- “@yahoo.com” AND “new york” AND “Pat Neises”
- “@aol.com” OR “@hotmail.com” “Colorado State University” AND
If you’re sure which email provider they use —
whether it’s Outlook.com, Gmail.com, Yahoo.com, etc. — you can try each of them
separately or with the OR option like
Website for Email Addresses
Does this person have their own website? Maybe
they go to a specific school and you suspect that their email address is posted
somewhere on the school’s website. There are a few ways to can narrow down your
email search to just one particular website.
The first is to use a search engine or the
website’s search function. For instance, head over to Google and enter site:example.com “@gmail.com” AND “Mary” to
help find Mary’s Gmail account. This type of search is limited to example.com only, so you can change it
to whatever website their address might be listed on.
Another way to gather email addresses from a website is with an email scraper like VoilaNorbert. Just enter the person’s first and last name along with the website URL to get a list of matching email addresses. You get 50 successful searches for free.
Guess the Email
Sure, you may have already thought about doing
this, but there are a few tips you should know that can help you guess someone’s
If you already know their username (the part
before @), go ahead and try all the domains you can think of. For example, if
the person’s username is texas4life1991,
try adding @gmail.com, @outlook.com,
@hotmail.com, @aol.com, @yahoo.com, etc., until one works.
However, if you’re not so lucky to know their
username, start by guessing things you know about them, such as their birthdate
or graduation date. Lots of people like to use those facts in their username,
but if not, maybe it’s just as simple as their first and last name.
Here are some examples if we consider the
person’s name to be Christina Rodriguez.
Also consider small changes like underscores
or hyphens. The username might instead be christina.rodriguez,
rodriguezchristina, or christina_rodriguez.
If this person goes to your school or a university that you know the domain for, try something simple like their name with the school’s address for the domain.
For instance, if Christina goes to school at Colorado State University (colostate.edu), her email address probably ends with @colostate.edu. In this case, you could try all the username tips from above but end the address with this domain instead of a public one like Gmail or Yahoo.
Schools often use the first letter of the first name, such as crodriguez, but
might sometimes shorten the last name, too. You might try chrrod or
If you’re having troubles coming up with possible usernames, plug the person’s name into Email Permutator+ and have it generate a bunch of possible addresses.
Addresses With Pipl
Pipl is a “people search” tool that will gather all the information it finds on someone into one page, for free. All you have to do is make a free user account to see the results.
This tool might show you someone’s email
address but will most likely reveal their online presence instead, which you can
then use to do further research. Once you’ve landed on somebody’s social media
profile, for example, you can most likely email them there or find their email
address posted publicly on their page.
All you need to know about someone to use Pipl
is their name, username, or phone number. A location will be much more helpful,
but it’s not required. After performing the search, the results can be filtered
by location and age.
Find a Past Email
That Includes Their Address
Don’t forget not to overlook the obvious: open
an email they’ve already sent you. If you’re trying to find someone’s email
address so that you can send them a message, but you don’t have them in your
contact list, do a quick search through all your emails for a message from the
person. In the email is a record of their email address.
Most email providers have a large search tool at the top of the page where you can enter details about the message you’re looking for, like the subject, details in the recipient’s email signature, their name, etc. Enter anything you know about the person and see if an old message appears.
When you open the email, look for the details
area where you can see when the email arrived, who it was sent to, and who sent
it. The “from” address is what you’re looking for.