11 Ways to Find Someone's Email Address in 2022 (Detailed Guide)

11 Ways to Find Someone's Email Address in 2022 (Detailed Guide)

Looking to learn how to find someone's email address?

In this blog post, we go over 11 methods you can use to find anybody's email address.

We've ordered the methods by efficiency. Try them in order to get the best results with the least amount of time invested. You can use this checklist to help you.

Let’s go email hunting!

1. Use an email lookup tool
2. Try guessing their email address
3. Use Google
4. Check social media profiles
5. Use Twitter's advanced options
6. Just reach out
7. Look around the company website
8. Subscribe to the prospect's newsletter
9. Check WHOIS records
10. Ask for an introduction
11. Check your own email list

1. Use an email lookup tool

You can use Hunter’s Email Finder to find anyone’s business email address. Simply create a free Hunter account here and go to the Finder page.

Once there, type in the person’s name and website address in the input box and click the magnifying glass button.

Hunter will show you the person’s email address and the source URLs where it was discovered. You can then choose to save the email address or email the person directly from within Hunter.


2. Try guessing their email address

If email lookup services fail you, you can try guessing the person's email address. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using this method:

Make a guess based on the most common patterns

Companies often use consistent patterns when creating new email addresses for their employees.

If you know their first and last name, and the URL of their website, you can likely guess your target’s email address.

According to the study we conducted at Hunter, 49.9% of the companies use the {first}@example.com email pattern.

Most common email pattern stats

After analyzing more than 12 million email addresses, we’ve found out that the most common formats are:

Most common email patterns

Assume based on known email addresses

Since most companies have standard formats for their email addresses, you can find a single email address of someone in that company and extrapolate based on it.

For example, suppose you are looking for an email address of the CEO of Pied Piper, Richard Hendricks, but on the company website, you were only able to find the email address of Dinesh Chugtai, who is a Java programmer at the company.

What you do with this email address is extrapolate:

Dinesh Chugtai (dinesh@piedpiper.com) →  first@piedpiper.com → Richard Hendricks (richard@piedpiper.com)

In case you don’t know the email address of someone working in your prospect’s company, check Domain Search. The chances are that you’ll find an email of someone working for the same company as your prospect, and you’ll easily extrapolate the result.

Just enter your prospect’s company domain in the search box, and check for email patterns of other specialists who work there. To simplify the process, Hunter suggests the most common pattern based on all of the emails from the same company that are publicly available on the web.

Find email pattern with Domain Search

Automate guessing with Email Permutator

Email Permutator is a simple tool that will do all manual work for you. It figures out all possible email combinations in a single click.

Email Permutator tool

All you need to do is to enter the first name, last name, and domain name of the prospect, and you will get a massive list of email address suggestions.

Email Permutator results

Magic happened, and the first suggestion is correct — it’s my email address (don’t hesitate to reach out to me and say hi).

There are a few tools similar to Email Permutator that you can try to automate your guessing process:

Ok, I found dozens of email suggestions, should I contact all of them?

Please don’t do that. The last thing you want to do is to risk your emails getting marked as spam.

To avoid ruining your email sender reputation, you'll need to run your list of potential email addresses through an email verifier tool.

Confirm your guess with Email Verifier

Hunter’s Email Verifier checks the validity of any email so that you won’t get any bounces.

Validations are made on multiple levels: format, domain information, the response of the mail servers, and comparison with our unique base of 100+ million professional email addresses.

All you need to do is to enter an email address into the search box and click “Verify.”

Let’s give the Email Verifier a try and verify the email address I use for my personal blog, irina@onsaas.me.

Wait a moment… and magic happens.

You can see that this email address is valid and can be used safely.

With Hunter, you can verify up to 50 email addresses a month for free. If you need to verify more than one email address at a time, you can try the Bulk Email Verifier.

Read more: How to Verify Email Address Without Sending an Email

Verify the email address with Gmail

You can also use Gmail to try to find verified email addresses.

Open Gmail, hit Compose, then click on To field and type in your list of email addresses. Hover over each email address to see if it's connected to a Google account.

If it is, you’ll see the picture of the person you’re trying to find.

Email verification with Gmail app
This technique may only work if the contact you are looking for has a Google Workspace-hosted email address.

3. Use Google

If you weren’t able to find the person's email address by guessing it, you can try searching for it on Google.

If you do a simple search, however, you'll likely find hundreds of irrelevant pages and spend a lot of time looking for what you need.

That’s why I’m sharing a few hacks on how to use Google like a pro and make the most of its advanced search capabilities.

You have a couple of emails that you think are correct. Now it’s time to search for them on Google and see if they're indeed accurate.

You can use advanced search operators to help make your search more precise.

For example, you can try putting your query in between quotation marks to get search results that match your query exactly.

Make sure to check the results for the company website, personal blog, or social media pages first.

Here's an example of how easy it is to find the email address of Buffer’s founder, Joel Gascoigne.

Using Advanced Google Search Operators to find someone's email address

Perform a search with target keywords

Type in the name of the person whose email you're looking for and add such queries as “email,” “contact,” etc.

If the email address is published anywhere online, it'll help you to narrow down the list and find only relevant results.

Search queries to find someone's email address on Google

You can also experiment with adding other personal information to the queries such as position, previous companies, city, etc.

Example of how to use Google search query to find email address of Hunter's co-founder

Search company website with Google search operators

You'd be surprised how much hidden information you can find on company websites. Email addresses aren't an exception.

So what you need to do is search Google using the search operator query “site:example.com” as your root and add some modifiers, like in this example:

Queries to find email address on website

Here you can see how easy it is:

Example of how to find Hunter's co-founder email address using Google Search operators

You can be creative with modifiers to make your search even more specific.

Also, if you have a suggestion that you are pretty sure is the correct email address, you can try to search for it on the company website like this:

site:example.com + suggestion@example.com
Example of how to confirm someone's email address guess using Google search operators

Don’t forget to verify your finds

As previously mentioned, don’t forget to verify your finds before sending emails. You can use the same proven trick with Hunter’s Email Verifier or Gmail verification.


4. Check social media profiles

If you can find someone’s social media profiles, the chances are that you’ll be able to find their email address there.

Here are a couple of tips on how to do it with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Facebook

When trying to find bloggers or general company email addresses, Facebook can be an excellent source to check.

Just head over to your target's page and open the “About” section.

Find email address on Facebook page

Most bloggers and small businesses put their contact details in this section. However, you can also often see the info@, hello@, contact@ email addresses that are not that useful if you're looking to do personalized outreach.

LinkedIn

For LinkedIn, you may need to connect with the prospect to see their email address and other personal information.

Once you're connected, open the prospect's LinkedIn profile, click Contact Info, and the chances are that you’ll find what you're looking for there.

Find email address on LinkedIn

You can also check your the About section on the person's LinkedIn profile. People often share their email addresses or email addresses of those who work with them there.

Email address in LinkedIn bio

Finally, you can try exporting your LinkedIn connections. Note that this will only work if the person hasn’t opted to hide their email address from their LinkedIn connections.

Here’s how to do it:

Log in to LinkedIn, click the drop-down menu that has your profile photo on it, and then click on Settings & Privacy.

On the next page, click on Get a copy of your data, select the “Want something in particular? Select the data files you're most interested in.” option, and then check the Connections box.

Finally, click the Request archive button.

LinkedIn will email you once your export is ready. It usually takes about ten minutes.

You’ll receive an email to download a .CSV file containing a list of all your connections and their email addresses (where available). With a bit of luck, the email address you’re looking for should be there.

Twitter

The most obvious way you may think of is to check the prospect's bio on Twitter.

However, as the practice shows, this method has a pretty low success rate.

Since the bio is very limited in space, most people put other essential links and information here. Moreover, having a publicly listed email on Twitter (that could be easily scraped) increases the chances of getting a lot of spam emails.

That’s why for Twitter, I suggest trying more advanced email lookup strategies.

Let’s check them out.


5. Use Twitter’s advanced options

Since sometimes people tweet their email addresses, you can search past tweets to see if your prospect has ever done it.

You can check this using Twitter’s advanced search, which allows you to search for very specific information in selected Twitter accounts.

Let’s try to find an email address of Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover this way.

All I need to do is add a keyword…

Find someone's email with Twitter Advanced Search

...and identify the Twitter username:

Find someone's email address with Twitter Advanced Search

And that’s it; I found Ryan’s email address in 30 seconds.

Find someone's email on Twitter

Another option of doing the same search is to enter this query into Twitter’s search box:

Find someone's email address on Twitter by username
Some people try to hide their email address from bots, and they replace “@” and “.” symbols with “at” and “dot”. You can use these as additional keywords for your search.

Search Twitter with Google

This technique is as simple as typing the following into Google Search:

twitter.com/username + “keyword”

Note that for “username”, you will need to have the person’s current Twitter handle. For “keyword”, you can experiment with other relevant keywords such as “contact,” “email,”  “email at,” etc.

Find someone's email on Twitter using Google

6. Just reach out

If you weren’t able to find someone’s email address with any of the techniques mentioned above, try reaching out on social media, asking for a more specific email address, contacting info@ or hello@ email addresses, or even connecting with the company's support via chat.

Reach out on Twitter

Don’t hesitate to find your prospects on Twitter and ask directly for their email address. You can quickly describe the reason you want to contact them or where you found their social media profile.

I do it quite often, and I noticed that the reply rate for these kinds of tweets is very high. Most prospects will quickly answer such a tweet.

Reach out about email address on Twitter

Ask for the personal contact via a generic email

Usually, it’s effortless to find a generic email on a company website. It usually starts with “info” or “contact” + @domain.com.

At Hunter, we analyzed about 38 million generic email addresses and found out that the most common templates that companies publish on their websites are:

Most common generic email patterns

If you write a short email describing who you are, who you need to contact, and why, the chances are that someone behind the generic email address will provide you with a personal email address you can reach out to.

It really doesn’t hurt to ask.

If you can’t find a generic email address, you can send your message via the contact form on the company website.

Connect with the company’s support chat

There is always a human behind the company’s support chat. The communication happens in real-time, so the chances to get a reply fast are high.

Take this opportunity to drop a line to a customer support manager. I’m pretty sure that if you do this, you’ll get the email address of your target person very quickly.

Reach out on Intercom (or support chat) for someone's email address

7. Look around the company website


A company website is a great source of information when you're looking for company decision-makers and their email addresses.

At Hunter, we’ve analyzed about 905,000 company websites and have found out that 18.7% of them mentioned at least one email address.

Stats about how many companies mention their email addresses on the website

As we noticed, there are a few specific pages on company websites where email addresses are published more often:

About page

On this page, you might find almost anything, from brief bios with personal social media accounts to detailed contact information of every team member.

Teston's About Us page


Contact Us page

On the “Contact Us” page, you may often see generic contact forms, but some companies add the contact information of the team members who can help with specific requests.

Simply Do Ideas contact us page

Author page

Since most companies have blogs, another effective way to find email addresses is to visit each author's individual author page.

Usually, you need to click on the image of the blog post author (or their name), and you’ll be able to get the author's personal information. In some cases, you can find all of the information right under the blog post in the author's bio box.

Author page on The Next Web

Some of your prospects may have personal blogs, and usually, it’s much easier to find their email addresses there. Just check the “About” and “Contact” pages.

Some of your prospects may have personal blogs, and usually, it’s much easier to find their email addresses there. Just check “About” and “Contact” pages.

8. Subscribe to the prospect’s newsletter


Many companies and bloggers use personal email addresses to send newsletters. This is an excellent way to build relationships and show that there’s a real human behind the emails.

1. Find the opt-in form & subscribe

Here I’m subscribing to Andrew Chen’s newsletter. He is a startup investor at Andreessen Horowitz and ex-Uber Head of Growth.

Let’s enter an email address and subscribe to the newsletter.

Get email address from newsletter

2. Check your inbox

Check your inbox in a couple of minutes and you'll find a welcome email or the first part of the newsletter (or, in some cases, an opt-in confirmation email).

Get someone's email address from newsletter

Also, you’ll get an email address.

Don’t hesitate to hit “Reply” and start a conversation. The chances that your prospect replies are much higher than in the case of sending a completely cold email.


9. Check WHOIS records

If you're trying to find an email address of someone who owns a website or blog, you can do it with WHOIS.

WHOIS is a query and response protocol that is widely used for querying databases that store basic information about a registered domain, such as domain owner contact information, domain availability status, and company details.

All you need is perform a WHOIS search of the prospect's domain on one of many websites that provide access to the WHOIS database. For example, WHO.IS, Namecheap, or GoDaddy.

Let’s give it a try and search for the owner of Ahrefs.com.

Get email address from WHOIS
WHOIS offers an option to hide the contact information from the public, so this method might not always work.

10. Ask for an introduction

Think about whether you have a mutual acquaintance with your prospect. If so, it doesn’t hurt to ask for an introduction.

On social media, you can easily determine whether you have any shared connections.

Let’s take a look at this example: I want to connect with Typeform's CEO, Joaquim Lecham, and all I have is his LinkedIn profile.

I can easily check if we have any mutual connections, and if there is someone who I know is well connected to Joaquim (like my friend or colleague), I can quickly reach out to them and ask if they can make an introduction.

Get someone's email address from LinkedIn

You can ask for an introduction using this short and straight to the point message:

“Hey [name], I saw you are connected to [target person]. Mind making an introduction so I can [1-2 sentences maximum about the reason you want to connect]?”

Or you can just simply ask for the right email address to contact your prospect, and when contacting, mention the person who provided you with it.

Just drop a few lines, and that’s it.


11. Check your own email list

If you have a big email list, you might already have the person’s email address stored there. Here’s how to find it if you’re using Mailchimp for email marketing:

Log in to your Mailchimp account, and go to Audience > All contacts.

Choose the appropriate email list from the dropdown box and click View Contacts.

Finally, click the magnifying glass icon to search for the person whose email address you need.

If you're a well-known company in your industry and have a huge newsletter list, you may find some of your prospects have already subscribed to your newsletter. Most email marketing tools allow searching your list by target criteria (first name, last name, company, etc).

Wrap up

You've reached the end of this guide. Now it's time to take action.

My advice is to start playing around with these tactics in descending order (if the first one fails, try the second one, and so on). As practice shows, eventually, with this list, you'll be able to find the email address you're looking for.

Did I miss anything? Share it with me on irina@hunter.io or let me know on Twitter.

Irina Maltseva
Irina Maltseva

Head of Marketing at Hunter. I enjoy working on inbound and product marketing strategies. In spare time, I entertain my cat Persie and collect airline miles.

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