Find Any Email Address for Free With These Tips and Tools

Jessica Greene
Jessica Greene / Last updated September 18, 2019

While you can find and message most anyone on social media, email is a more personal—and more professional—way to reach out.

Of course, finding email addresses isn't always easy. Most people are protective of their email address, and for good reason: it's one of the best ways to prevent spam. But if you've misplaced an important contact or need to reconnect with someone, you may have good reason to do a little digging. Here are three easy ways to find email addresses for free.

Option 1: Try Various Search Tricks to Find Email Addresses on Your Own

Google search for email
A Google search might be all you need to find an email.

Company "about" page

The first place you should look for email addresses is the "About" page of your contact's company website. You might find anything from a brief bio to detailed contact info for every team member. Dig around a bit more, and you might find email addresses in unexpected places. For example, on Zapier's "About" page, you'll find team members' contact information by hovering over the photos.

Zapier About page
Hover over team members' photos on Zapier's About page to see their email addresses.

Personal websites

If you can find a personal blog or website for a contact, you may find an email address on their "Contact" page. If not, they may have a contact form on their website that sends them an email without exposing their email address to the public.

Social media

If you can find your prospect's social media account, check their profile for contact information. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind:

  • You may need to connect with the contact to see their email address on LinkedIn.
  • On Twitter, you can search historical tweets to see if a contact has ever tweeted their email address. Search on Twitter for the word email or at dot, and then follow that by from: and the contact's Twitter handle (e.g. email from:dannyaway or at dot from:dannyaway).
Twitter email search

Google search

If a person's email address is published anywhere online, Google may have it indexed and available for discovery. Here are a few search strings to try:

  • [firstname] [lastname] email (e.g., Melanie Pinola email)
  • [firstname] [lastname] contact (e.g., Melanie Pinola contact)
  • [firstname] [lastname] [company] email/contact (e.g., Melanie Pinola Zapier email)
  • [firstname] [lastname] email/contact site:[domain.com] (e.g., Melanie Pinola email site:zapier.com)

If none of these search tricks work, you'll have to do a little more detective work to find your contact's email address.

Option 2: Form an Educated Guess and Test It

Guessing someone's email may sound a little far-fetched, but it's a solid strategy. Companies often use a consistent format when creating new employee email addresses (e.g., firstname.lastname@company.com). So if you can find the email address for one of your contact's coworkers, you can guess that your contact's email may have the same format.

Of course, that's not always the case—and nicknames can complicate things—so your best bet might be to guess based on common email address formats. Here are a few examples:

  • [firstname][lastname]@[company].com
  • [firstname].[lastname]@[company].com
  • [firstinitial][lastname]@[company].com
  • [firstname]@[company].com

Once you have a list of potential emails, you have to figure out which addresses (if any) are valid. There are a few ways to do this:

  • If you use Gmail, type in the list of email addresses, click out of the "To" field, and then hover over each email address to see if a picture pops up. If it does (and particularly if the picture is of the person you're trying to get in touch with), you've found the email address you need. This technique may only work if your contact also has a Gmail or Gmail-hosted email.
Gmail validate email address
  • Install the LinkedIn Sales Navigator Lite extension (free) for Gmail, and it will pull up a person's LinkedIn profile information when you enter their email address. If the profile it pulls up is the person you're trying to reach, you've likely found a valid email address.
LinkedIn Sales Navigator Lite

Option 3: Just Ask!

With a little sleuthing you can find the email address for just about anyone. But if all else fails, there's one final method to try: Ask. Find an active profile for your contact on a social media site, and send them a message. If the person you're trying to email wants to hear from you, they likely won't hesitate to send you the contact info you need to get in touch.

An old-fashioned phone call may also do the trick. Most companies include a general contact number on their website. If not, often a quick Google search will pull it up. Give them a call and ask to be connected with the person you're trying to reach or ask if they can provide a good contact email.

Email photo by Atos via Flickr.

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