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It's not that easy in the world of email addresses. If you haven't emailed anyone before and saved the address in AutoComplete, you're probably out of luck. Let's look at a number of methods you can use to find an unknown email address.

ask her

This may sound obvious, but depending on the circumstances, it might be the easiest to find someone's email address. If you already know the person but don't have their address, try another method to reach them. Text them if you have their phone number or contact them with Facebook Messenger 21 Hidden Facebook Messenger Tricks You Must Try Now 21 Hidden Facebook Messenger Tricks You Must Try Right Now Facebook and various partner apps make Messenger yet more powerful, and there are now dozens of really interesting things you can do right from Messenger. Check this out! Continue reading . You may even ask a mutual friend if it is appropriate; maybe they emailed the person in the past.

Of course, this won't work for all situations, like trying to find the email address of someone you don't know. Or, if you do a little "research" on them, try some of the more advanced methods.

Check social media

Check out the person's social media pages where they can provide their email address. Many people have this information in their Twitter bios, and Facebook has a place for email addresses in the " over Don't Forget About LinkedIn How To Quickly Write A Resume Today With LinkedIn How To Quickly Write A Resume Today With LinkedIn There is a good reason to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date and that is these tools who'll love you. They'll flare up again in no time. Read More

See on some Facebook profiles You the link Ask for email address for [name], if you haven't specified it. You can click this button to send a request directly to that person for their email address. That might seem a little scary, but at least it's easy.

Google search

Your next best bet is to do a Google search. Try searching for the person's name that you are looking for and see if they have a website or profile on their company page. Of course, this will give you better results if your mysterious person has an unusual name. Finding Sarah Smith's address is nearly impossible unless you have additional information to include in your search.

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Use hunters ...

While marketed for businesses, Hunter is one tool that could aid in your quest. Just enter a domain name (like @ makeuseof.com) and Hunter will do its best to find all the email addresses for that company. A free account allows you 150 searches per month, which is sufficient for personal use.

What's great about Hunter is that it lists sources for its email address results. You can visit these and possibly unearth more information. Additionally, it recognizes the email address format for that company, making it easier to guess even if the person you want isn't listed.

... but don't bother with spammy search sites

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Work with dedicated extensions

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Install the eToggler extension for Chrome and navigate to any LinkedIn profile. You will see a small window for the extension at the bottom right of the page. click Click on Add to eToggler and the person joins your list. click on Results and you'll see some basic information from their profile including (hopefully) their emails.

Since they are professional users, this tool offers 300 free email lookups per month. That should satisfy even the most serious of email seekers. Note that you need to set up a free account to use this service. We did this for testing and received our password in clear text by email. How to See Chrome's Saved Passwords from Anywhere (and How to Stop It) How to See Chrome's Saved Passwords from Anywhere (and How to Stop It) Many online accounts require this many passwords. And since it is now common knowledge that you need a strong password, you can't get away with PASSWORD or 12345. Read more. This means the website knows nothing about security, so use it with caution.

Try to guess

Depending on how well you know the person, just a little bit of thought can help you guess their email address. Try [email protected] and other similar combinations of their names. Do you have online aliases, perhaps on a gaming network, that you also use as your email address?

Any information you have about her, like her pet's name or favorite sports team, can help you guess her email address. As soon as you think you have it, send a short, simple email to the supposed addresses. Mention that you were looking for Mark and thought this might be his email. If so, explain that you would like to speak to him and if you don't apologize for disturbing him.

Hopefully you will get lucky and contact the right person, but if not, the other party may let you know that you have the wrong address.

Outsource the work

If all else fails, try posting it to the soc.net-people Google Group. This is a group dedicated to the task of finding people's email addresses. Chances are you are not out of luck as most of the threads on this page have received no replies.

However, it is worth a try and does not take much time. You should add as much information about the person as possible so that others can more easily track them down.

Track them down

Finding an email address is often quite difficult. There are more methods, like the ingenious scheme Mihir developed that uses Gmail to find someone's address. How To Find Someone's Real Email Address Using Gmail How To Find Someone's Real Email Address Using Gmail Does Someone Need To Email But No Address? Common sense is used to come up with solutions that will help you find out most people's real email addresses. Continue reading . But if you're not lucky on social media or a simple Google search, you're likely going to fall short.

The best method is to ask people for their address, so don't be afraid to contact them through a social messenger or similar means. You probably won't find it strange!

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Have you ever miraculously tracked someone's email address from the guts of the internet?Share your best tools for finding an email address with us in the comments!

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Originally written by Guy McDowell on February 19, 2009