How to find the owner of a Gmail account

If you received an email from an email address you’ve never contacted before and you would like to find out who’s email it is, you’ve come to the right place.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to find out who owns a Gmail account quickly and easily!

1. Make Your Best Guess

Many people set their email addresses using their personal information, such as their name, social media username, or phone number. So you want to take a look at that particular email address to see if you can find any information from it.

If the email address seems randomly generated and there’s no way to identify the owner from it, then your best bet of finding out who owns that email address is to use an email lookup tool.

2. Use an Email Lookup Tool

Email lookup tools are the most reliable way to find the person behind an email address. They are designed specifically to do background checks on people via an email address.

Running a reverse email lookup is a straightforward process – you just type the email address into these reverse look-ups and if there is any information on the database linked to this particular email address.

There are hundreds of these tools on the market, but not everyone is made equal. After our extensive test, our favorite tools are:

BeenVerified

BeenVerified collects public information from sources such as the FBI, courthouses, financial institutions, and many more. You can search by email address using both the BeenVerified website and its app (available for both iOS and Android devices).

After your searches, it will give you comprehensive information related to the email address, including the person’s full name, age, current and full address, court records, sex offender information, and many more when available.

Step 1: Go to BeenVerified, enter the email address you have and click SEARCH.

Step 2: BeenVerified will return a detailed report of the email address owner, which may include the name, phone number, address, and more.

Note that BeenVerified is a subscription-based service, so you need a membership to access the background report. If you’re not a member yet, the good news is BeenVerified is now offering a 7-day trial membership, which only costs $1!

Spokeo

Spokeo gathers all available information from public sources and stores them in one database. It provides an easy way to confidentially look up information about the person you want to track down.

Step 1: Go to Spokeo, enter the email address you want to look for in the search field, click SEARCH NOW

Step 2: If Spokeo finds any information associated with the email address, it will compile them all in one report.

PeopleFinders

PeopleFinders.com is a leading Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) provider that has one of the most comprehensive collections of public records data available.

Just go to the PeopleFinders email lookup page and enter it in the search field and click Search.

Unlike most reverse lookup tools, you’ll get a few details of the search result for free, such as the person’s age, family members, and the first few digits of his/her phone number. If you want the full background report, you’ll need to pay for either the membership or trial.

You can do the initial email lookup for free to see if the site has the information about the email sender but you’ll need to pay for a full background report about the person. If you don’t feel like paying for the result, keep reading for free alternative ways!

3. Google the Email Address

Google can also be used as a reverse search tool to track down someone online. Just enter the email address and hit Search. Google will check its billions of databases to see if any information matches your search term. If the person has ever mentioned the email address online, Google is likely to pull up the result for you.

When you’re doing this, remember to put the address between quotes, for example, “support@supereasy.com”. This will filter out vague search results and give you web pages containing the exact email address.

You might end up with the person’s name or social media profile page this way, but if you prefer a detailed report of the person, you may need a reverse lookup service like BeenVerified or Spokeo.

If you aren’t having any luck with Google searches, read on and see what to do next.

4. Check Social Media

Social media can be a great place to track down someone as many people list their contact information on them, including their email addresses, location, and phone numbers, so chances are you might be able to bring up the person’s profile page searching by the email address.

While this might not be common, it only takes a few seconds to check, so you might as well want to try this. We’ll show you how to search on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twiter in this tutorial.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn aggregates people and company information in one place and can provide you useful information tied to the individual, such as the phone number, email address, and business contact resources.

Though LinkedIn doesn’t make this easy, it is possible to find someone’s profile by email address. To proceed, you would need a Microsoft Outlook account and a LinkedIn Account – both registered with the same email.

Then follow the instructions below to see how to find someone on LinkedIn with an email address:

  1. Go to Outlook and log into your account.
  2. Click the People icon on the left, then click New contact.
  3. Fill in the First Name as you want and Email address whose profile you’re looking for, then click Create.
  4. Go back to your Contact page and click the contact you just created. Click LinkedIn and log in to your account to connect your Microsoft Outlook account to your Microsoft LinkedIn account.
  5. Back to Outlook and you can see the LinkedIn profile of the email address you were searching for! Click See full profile on LinkedIn button to view it on LinkedIn.

If there’s no profile, it means no LinkedIn account is linked to that email address. Read on and find out how to search someone’s Facebook page using an email address.

Facebook

Facebook is the largest social networking website with hundreds of millions of users worldwide and the likelihood is therefore quite high that the email address owner may have a Facebook account.

Facebook lets you search users by email address so that should make your search simpler.

  1. Go to Facebook.com or open the app on your mobile device.
  2. Type the email address of the person you want to find into the Facebook search field and press the Enter key.

You won’t be able to find results if the person you’re looking for doesn’t connect the email address with his/her profile, or if the person chooses not to list the email address as public in their About info.

Twitter

Twitter doesn’t allow users to directly search for people using email addresses. But you can import your email contacts to Twitter and find out the Twitter page associated with that email address if it’s available.

Before we start, make sure you add the email you want to track to your contact. Then, follow the instructions below to see how to add people through emails on Twitter:

  1. Open the Twitter app.
  2. Go to Menu > More > Settings and Privacy > Privacy and safety > Discoverability and Contacts.
  3. Turn on Sync address book contacts and grant Twitter permission to access your contacts if asked.

Twitter will upload your contacts and use those contacts as suggestions for who to follow. So if the person you’re looking for uses the email address on Twitter, you’ll be able to find his/her profile page.

This router might not work for you when the person is not on social media or using that particular email address to register for social media accounts.

If social media didn’t give you the answer, your best option is using people search tools such as BeenVerified, Spokeo, or PeopleFinders.

Conclusion

While the easiest way to find out who owns an email address is to simply write an email to the account, introduce yourself and explain your interest in the person’s identity politely, this doesn’t often work when the person meant to send you an anonymous email in the first place.

If you need to find out who sends you an email, the best way is using a reverse email look-up tool, which requires payment to get a background report of the email address owner. If you prefer free methods, try using Google as a reverse lookup tool, or search the email address on social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

By Ellie Zhuang

Content crafter at Super Easy. Ellie is a foodie at heart who also happens to be an extreme couponer. She enjoys discovering new and helpful coupon tips and tricks. In addition to writing for Super Easy, she also posts technical guides, tips, and how-tos at Driver Easy.