This article introduces several methods and tools for finding email addresses.
- Check social media, web directories, online white pages and the invisible web.
- Use search engines, or third-party applications.
- Make a guess based on the person’s company.
Tip 1: Use social media to search email address
Since the accounts of social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn are created with e-mail addresses, e-mail addresses may be found in the social accounts.
You can find the email address by searching on various social media sites based on the person’s name, age, school, company, and hometown.
Some people set their personal information as private, but their emails maybe are public, so that followers and strangers can contact them.
Note: If you are not sure what social media site this person uses, you can use people search engines to find this person's name and location.
Tip 2: Use google to search email address
Search engines such as Google can search millions of websites in an instant, so search engines are one of the best ways to search for specific information (such as e-mail addresses).
Google has many advanced search commands that can help narrow the search.
For example, if you put quotation marks around someone’s name (such as "David Smith"), the search results will only show what are exactly the same as that name, and a large number of irrelevant results will be filtered out. However, if the name is quite common, then you need to add other information to narrow the search.
For example, after the name, add hometown, date of birth, phone number, and other parameters to search:
"David Smith" "new york" "1980" "aol.com"
Maybe this method will show many email addresses. To confirm whether it is the address you want, click to open the page and check out the details.
Tip 3: Use web directories and white pages to search email address
There are many e-mail address libraries on the Internet, such as public records and spokeo.
For example, if you know someone’s name and location, it might be in Whitepages to find the person’s email address.
Tip 4: Guess someone's email address
You can guess the email address by using some syntax, but only if you know the person’s work company (website).
Separate the first name and last name with a period. If the email address starts with the first letter of each person’s last name and the first three letters, you can try this combination.
For example, if the addresses on the company website are all in the format email@example.com, then John Smith’s address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If an employee named John Smith uses the address email@example.com, all other employees are likely to use the same email address. Therefore, the email address of the person named Emma Osner may be firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enter the guessed email address in Email Format to verify if it is correct.
Tip 5: Use email crawlers to find mailboxes
Some tools can search the entire website for email addresses, and then list all the mailboxes found. This method is very valuable for being hidden somewhere on the website.
Email Extractor is such a mailbox crawler. It is a Google Chrome browser extension that can be run in the browser to grab the e-mail address in the browsing page.
Tip 6: Use invisible web to search email
If you can use invisible web pages, you will also find a lot of information. There are many less well-known search engines designed to search these webs, such as Wayback Machine ( It helps when the site is no longer running), Pipl, Zabasearch etc.