How To Find Someone’s Real Email Address With Gmail

Mihir Patkar 18-09-2013

Need to email someone but don’t have their address? Whether you’re a disgruntled customer looking to lodge a complaint with someone in charge, a reporter trying to get in touch with the right person, or just attempting to get in touch with a long-lost friend, you may not have the recipient’s email id.


We have told you how to verify if an email address exists, but to find one you don’t know requires a little ingenuity.

Guy has previously suggested a few ways to find someone’s email address How to Find Someone's Email Address Need to dig up someone's email address from the corner of the web? Here are some methods that can help you find what you need. Read More , but I have some more solutions. All you need is a Gmail account and some common sense to come up with solutions that will help you figure out most people’s true email addresses. It’s not easy, but desperate times can call for desperate measures.

Google Your Recipient

The first and easiest step is to do a Web search for the person you are wishing to get in touch with. If it’s a friend, you know what they look like, but if it’s someone else, you can always find a photo of them somewhere on the Internet. And if it’s on the Internet, it’s on Google Images.

Scour through the images and find out what that person looks like. This is an important step because you are going to need it to verify if it’s the right guy. Indeed, there are plenty of websites to help you find people on the Internet 13 Websites to Find People on the Internet Looking for lost friends? Today, it's easier than ever before to find people on the internet with these people search engines. Read More .

Also, try to get any other information about that person, such as where he or she works, their location, and so on.

Permutations & Combinations

For the sake of example, let’s say you want to find the email address of Matias Duarte. Now, you know Matias Duarte works at Google, lives in USA, and you have an idea of what he looks like if you have Googled him. And just in case it’s not a photo of him, you can even come across what he uses as a profile pic on different social networks.

So take all this info and make a list of the possible different email addresses he might have, such as:

Test your imagination and really make as comprehensive a list as possible.

Head To Hangouts

Gmail’s new Hangouts feature is closely tied into Google+, using the same Gmail address for both. And you can make that work to your advantage.

First, in your Gmail, you need to change your Google Talk chat window to Hangouts if you haven’t already done that. Click the drop-down arrow for Options next to your profile pic and choose “Try The New Hangouts”. Your page will refresh and instead of GTalk, you will have Hangouts.

How To Find Someone's Real Email Address With Gmail Find Real Email Address Gmail Google Hangouts

In the search box of Hangouts — where it says “Name, email, number” — type the email address guesses you had come up with, one by one. Every time you type a valid email address, Hangouts will show you a tick mark with a profile pic, indicating this is a proper email. With the pic, you should be able to tell whether that’s the person you want to mail or not.

An email address that shows ‘Unnamed’ and no profile pic is a dead-end you should avoid, whether there’s a tick mark or not.

I’ve used this technique several times to get in touch with people for articles or even to cold-call senior execs. It’s efficient and it has the added advantage of often getting the personal email id of whoever you are trying to reach, making it that much more likely they will read the message.

Root Out With Rapportive

This isn’t a trick I have used before, but has a similar hack that uses the Gmail extension Rapportive.

Install Rapportive, connect your social accounts to it, and then open a new Compose window. Just like with the Hangouts hack, now paste the different email address permutations and combinations in the ‘To’ field.

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Rapportive will scan the addresses and give you information on the people in it. You can hover or click on any id to see its info and narrow down your search to the right person — and just like that, you have their email address.

This hack is especially useful since it doesn’t restrict you to email addresses that use Gmail or Google Apps, which Hangouts does. That said, you aren’t always going to find the personal id of a person, and chances are that your email to a specific work id won’t even be checked, or could be trashed without opening.

Use It Responsibly

Now, this hack can possibly invade someone’s privacy, so we implore you not to use it irresponsibly. It’s one of those times when Uncle Ben’s wise words to Spidey should be ringing in your ears: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Being on the wrong end of this hack can be bothersome, so remember our tips to protect yourself from spammers and hackers.

Still, this is a great way to get in touch with the right person when there seems to be no other way to do that.

Do you have your own tricks to find someone’s email address? We would love to know, so please share in the comments.

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  1. vikas
    July 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Have anyone tried for finding email address? It works well with linkedin and is a chrome extension. I no longer need to guess email ... all such guess work are now covered by this simple tool. Finding an email address is so easy now. I build hundred of sales prospect using linkedin and etoggler now. Whoa!

  2. aisha
    February 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

    hi mohammed I'd luv to help u but I hav the same issues as u du

  3. Anonymous
    February 4, 2015 at 1:42 pm
    • aisha
      February 5, 2015 at 10:44 am

      I can't help u Mohammed ,cause I have the same issues as u do

  4. Mohammed Ali
    December 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    hey sir help me out pls..

    i have one friend on hangout
    i want he's email i'd how can i get his email i'd i'm searching on mails but there is showing search not found can u tell me how can i get his i'd

  5. dragonmouth
    September 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

    That, of course, assumes that both you and the individual whose email address you are searching for are both eyeball deep in social networks. What if both of you are the secretive types and have no social presence?

  6. Frank Lee
    September 19, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    And of course, you're forgetting just plugging in the email addresses in Facebook usually will also confirm/deny their existence and who the email address your guessing at belongs too.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Oh wow, I actually didn't know that, Frank. Thanks! That's a pretty sweet trick in itself :)

  7. Ajay
    September 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Alternatively you can use an online tool of, as it goes to the domain server and checks out the MX record and responds if the mail id is available from the server. Although it doesn't provides a user to know if the email is of the same person you are looking to mail, while in gmail you could do so, the above is quite useful but could filter out the email list to search on gmail with verify tool