There is no comprehensive listing of all e-mail addresses, but here are some ways to find someone's address:
- It may seem obvious, but the easiest way to get someone's address is to just ask. If you already know the person, pick up the phone and call.
- Facebook and other social media sites are a great way to find someone’s e-mail address. Most people include this as part of their profile. If you’re not “friends” with the person, send them a friend request or add them to your network.
- Many people list their e-mail address on their business cards, so look there. Or go to the company website and see if there's a staff directory.
- Check your phone. Mobile devices frequently compile contact information from every account you add, whether for e-mail, social media, or another purpose. Many of those contacts will include an e-mail address.
- Do an Internet search for the person’s name. Your probably won’t find his or her e-mail address directly, but you may find links to their website, blog, or social media pages.
- If you are searching for a co-worker’s e-mail address, check to see if your company has an employee directory or address book. In some cases, you may be able to access it through your contact list. You just have to select the correct address book.
- If you've received a message from someone in the past, it contains the person's address. Many e-mail programs, like Outlook and Yahoo! Mail, automatically record the sender's address in your address book.
A word of caution. There are a number of people search sites that claim they can find e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and street addresses for individuals. Be cautious with these. Many charge money for the information, and there’s no guarantee that it’s correct. People change e-mail addresses, and the information on these sites is often out of date.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have someone’s old e-mail address. Can I use it to find his or her new address?
Unfortunately, when people leave behind e-mail addresses, messages sent to them usually gets lost in cyberspace or bounced back to us. There are ways to set an old e-mail account to forward to your new one, but it only works with some accounts and most people don’t bother. But all is not lost. Having an old e-mail address can be a starting place for your search. Try using it to track them down on social media. Check any saved e-mails you might have from that address. Lots of people will send one final e-mail from a dead address, letting people know where to send future e-mails.
I accidentally deleted an important email. Is there a way to get it back?
The first place you should check is your Trash or Deleted Items folder. If you haven’t emptied it recently, the old message may still be there. You should be able to sort the folder or do a search for the sender's name. If that doesn’t work, check your Sent Mail folder, and look for messages you may have sent to them. Most people don’t delete their sent items, so it’s a good place to track down a forgotten address.