How to Find People's Email Addresses

What You Need to Know About Finding an Email Address

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Did you misplace an email you desperately need? Whether it's a business contact or an old high school friend, there are several ways to go about tracking down someone's email address.

Employ these five strategies below to find any email address you're looking for. 

Tip: If you're looking for a company's email address, you might be better off reaching them through the phone or their social media pages. Companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook have social media websites that are probably preferable to email.

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Look Through Email Address Directories or White Pages

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From public records to the white pages, there are email address directories that you can find on the internet. Once on these sites, such as Whitepages, you can utilize search engines that will help you find an individual's email address. 

It's helpful if you know the city and state where a person lives or works. 

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Sometimes a good old-fashioned web search can help you locate someone's email address. Use a favorite search engine like Google to garner the best results.

Putting the person's name in quotes often narrows the search. However, if the individual you're looking for has a common name, like "John Smith," you're going to need some additional information.

You could launch a search, like this: "John Smith" + "Brooklyn, New York." The more information you have, the better. If you know their place of business, be sure to add that to your search terms. More »

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Most organizations do not let people choose email addresses freely but instead assign them by name. You can take advantage of that by assuming the email address using some syntax guessing.

Try separating their first and last name with a period. If you look on a company's email directory and everyone's email starts with their first initial and the first six letters of their last name, you can try this combination.

For example, if the addresses are, John Smith's would be Or, if you find that belongs to the CEO, it's more than likely that the employee Emma Osner's email address is More »

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Searching Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn could lead you to the email address you're looking for.

Even if a person's page isn't public on Facebook, users will sometimes allow their email address to remain public for this very reason: someone who wants to contact them but might not necessarily want to "friend" them.

You can search those social media websites directly to find users (often with better results), or you might be able to reach them through a Google search. More »

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Try looking through discussion groups if all other means to find somebody's email address fail. If they have an account there, they might be posting their email address publicly.

On the other hand, if the email address you're after belongs to a celebrity, such as Bill Gates, it might be popular enough that other users have searched for and found the address, in which case you might find that information in the discussions groups. More »