How to Find Anyone’s Email (Absolutely for Free)

How to Find Anyone’s Email (Absolutely for Free)

Working as an SDR for the past 6 years, I’ve tried most of the popular email finder tools available on the market, including Hunter, Clearbit, and several dozen others.

One thing that I’ve noticed is that those tools can only find around 70-80% of all emails at best. In practice, however, the numbers might be much lower.

If you don’t have any problems with the total addressable market and prioritize quantity over the quality, this shouldn’t be a problem. But for those of us focusing on quality and putting together a laser-focused list, e.g., VP of Sales for the top 100 SaaS startups, it’s extremely important to get as many valid emails on your list as you can. 

Luckily, with a great attention to detail and the tactic I will share below, you can increase your email research success rate to 90-95%. And the best thing about this approach is that most of the operations can be performed without leaving your Gmail account tab.

10 free email lookup hacks

It’s quite easy to find anyone’s corporate email address these days. In most cases, people use simple, standardized patterns like {FirstName}@{domain.com} etc. So you can simply guess the majority of email addresses for your prospecting list.

If guesswork is not for you, the following tactics I lay out in this post will come in handy.

To get started with the search, you will need the following tools:

  1. Chrome browser and your Gmail account
  2. Name2Email (Chrome extension) URL
  3. Clearbit Connect (Chrome extension) URL
  4. Google Spreadsheet

Once you’ve installed the required extensions, you’re good to go.

Use Name2Email extension for educated guessing

Let’s start with the easiest, most accurate tactic using a handy Chrome extension we built a few years ago.

  1. Install the Name2Email extension using direct link or go to the Chrome Webstore in your browser and search for Name2Email manually.
  2. Go to your Gmail account in a new tab and click “Compose” to open the New Message window. In the Recipients field, enter the person’s name and surname. Add the  @ symbol and the prospect’s company domain address. Your resulting input should look like this: FirstName Last Name @ Website.com
  3. Once you’re done, the extension will automatically start generating the possible email address options based on the common email patterns and then verify on the go. The valid ones will be highlighted in green. Here’s how it works:

If at this stage you see at least one option highlighted in green (which happens in most cases), congrats! Your research is finished and you don’t need to read this guide further 🙂

In case you didn’t get any valid email options at this stage, try hovering over the generated emails one by one. If the address is linked to an active Google account, you’ll see your target’s profile:

But don’t get discouraged if you can’t find your prospect’s email using Name2Email. There are plenty of other free email lookup hacks. Let’s move on to the hack #2.

Double-check the variants with Clearbit Connect

Clearbit Connect is another handy extension that works right in your Gmail and is free to use (though with certain limits). It  is also a handy addition to the Name2Email tactic described above.

  1. Install the Clearbit Connect extension using direct link or look it up on the Chrome Webstore manually.
  2. Once you’re ready, check the email address variants you’ve generated using Name2Email one by one using the Clearbit Connect Sidebar. If a corporate email is valid, Clearbit will show all the information about that contact.

Pro tip: Clearbit Connect only offers 100 searches per month for free, so use it wisely. You can earn an additional 10 credits/month for each of your contacts who installs the extension.

Just Google it!

Googling an email might seem like a crazy and time-consuming idea, but believe me it works just fine (as long as you need to find just one high-priority contact, not thousands of them). 

Here are the common tactics you can use:

1. Use the query format “{FirstName} {LastName} @{Website}” – for example, “William Oleksiienko @reply.io”

2. If that doesn’t work, try a simpler option: {FirstName} @{Website} – e.g., “William @reply.io”

3. If you know the company’s email pattern (and it’s different from the common patterns), try searching other variants of that query as well:

4. Other helpful search queries that you can use are ““{FirstName} {LastName}” +email or “{FirstName} {LastName}” +contact.

Pro tips:

  • Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase.
  • Search the website for specific keywords using the “site:” query, e.g., site:reply.io William.
  • To get only the results that feature a given word (email or contact), use +, e.g., William Oleksiienko +email.
  • Another handy search hack is to use * symbol which will return all pages containing variations of the searched word.

Get creative with the prospect’s name

Having found tens of thousands of emails manually, I’ve noticed that some people use different forms of their first name for their corporate email address.

For example: Thomas → Tom, Matthew → Matt, Alexandr → Alex, Nicholas → Nick, Jonathan → Jo, Elizabeth → Liz.

So, when you search for a first name that can have a few variants, try searching for all of them using the previous scenarios, including Name2Email and Google search.

Pro tips:

  • This approach works both ways: Will → William, William → Will
  • Search Google for all possible name variants first because there are some names that may have 2+ alternate forms.

Try the “double name trick”

Sometimes people also have 2 given names, for example, William John Oleksiienko. In this case, use the following tactics:

  1. Try searching for the person’s email address with Name2Email using only the first name, e.g., William Oleksiienko @reply.io
  2. Try searching for the person’s email address with Name2Email using only the middle name, e.g., John Oleksiienko @reply.io

Pro tip: Some people might also have prepositions between their first name and  last name, e.g., van, van der, etc. Usually, they don’t use these prepositions in their email addresses, but you can try searching for both options.

Play around with the company’s website address

If you still can’t find the required email address, doublecheck the company’s website and make sure there aren’t any alternatives or website redirects. 

For example, reply.io has previously been replyapp.io, so some of our contacts might be still using the old domain for their email boxes.

Take hktteleservices.com for example. When you check their contact us page, you notice that they still use the old domain for email addresses: info@pccwteleservices.com.

Another example here is ibexglobal.com (redirects to ibex.co).

Pro tip: The easiest way to check if they have alternative domains is to look up their corporate-wide inboxes like, hello@, support@, team@, help@, info@, etc.

Search on Twitter

If the person you’re targeting is active on Twitter, there might be a chance that they have already shared their contact data with someone. You can check this using the Advanced Search feature. With a couple dozen filters, you can fine-tune your query to get exactly what is needed.

I recommend targeting the prospect’s profile (“From these accounts” filter) and use @domain.com, email, contact as the query under “Any of these words.”

With this simple hack – and some luck – you will be able to find the required contact.

Export data from LinkedIn

Did you know that all the data from your LinkedIn profile belongs to you? That includes all the contacts in your network! And the best part is that you can download an archive with all your contacts’ info, including the associated email addresses.

Note: This only works if the target prospect is already in your contacts list on LinkedIn and you want to reach them via email. So you will need to connect with the person first.

Here’s a simple workflow to get prospect email from LinkedIn:

  1. Find the target prospect on LinkedIn and send a connect.
  2. Go to your LinkedIn Settings -> Data Privacy or follow this link.
  3. Choose the kind of info you want to export (in this case, the Connections).

The archive with the requested data will be sent to your email (which might take a few minutes).

Turn to Google Spreadsheets

Google Spreadsheets can offer loads of features to the pro users who are ready to get their hands dirty with some basic coding. I’ve explained how to automate email lookup in Google Spreadsheets in a previous blog post. All you need is an email finder tool that offers a comprehensive and easy to use API.

If finding someone’s email address seems too complex, you can still use Google Sheets to optimize the list management process. Here’s just a couple of tips that might be helpful in this regard:

  • Use Google Spreadsheet as a faster way to manage a bigger list of prospects. If you need to find just 5-10 contacts, you can just use your Gmail Account
  • Use =CONCATENATE Function to speed up the process of generating the Input format: e.g., FirstName LastName @company.com

Ask for referral

If you’ve tried all the available options but still couldn’t find the right person’s email address, there’s one last hack you should try. While conducting your research, you might have come across a few other contacts from the target company – even if it’s a general address like sales@ or support@. So why not ask to be pointed in the right direction?

If you make sure to properly communicate your request and the person on the other end of the line’s kind enough, you will not just get the desired email address, but also will be able to use the person as a reference, increasing your chances of success with the outreach. 

This tactic works especially well when you contact a person in a lower level role as you’re trying to reach the senior manager.

Pro tip: Aside from asking for the right contact via email, you can also try to reach the target account via social media. An SMM person might not give you the top manager’s email address right away, but with the right approach you can expect to smooth your way up to the decision-makers.

How to scale your email lookup for free

Of course, manual research might seem like a time-consuming and wasteful process. Especially taking into account that there are tools that help you generate email lists in just a few clicks. Those are B2B databases containing millions of verified records to match any ICP.

Yet they all have one common problem: On average, only 60-80% of the emails you get there will be valid. If you think about it, it’s no surprise. Maintaining such huge databases is a real challenge. As a result, those few providers with top-quality, up-to-date lists will cost a pretty penny ($5k+).

Luckily, I have a solution for that. We’ve built Reply Data to offer a contact database that helps you build larger prospect lists while keeping them laser-focused and maintaining high data quality.

Here’s how Reply Data works:

  1. Pick the right audience. Browse through the database of 140 million contacts using 10+ filters, such as Company Size, Location, Industry, Job Title, etc.
  2. Build your list. Export the selected data as a CSV file, add to your Reply account, sync to your CRM or any other tool you need using no-code tools like Zapier.
  3. Connect with your audience. Push the selected contacts to the right outreach sequence in Reply and engage your prospects at scale.

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Bottom line

For the last several years, I’ve tried almost every SaaS lead generation, email finding, email verification tool on the market (some of my favorites were included in the biggest catalog of sales tools). 

This helped me come up with my own tactics for email lookup and, as a result, build highly-targeted contact lists with a bounce rate of 5% or lower.

So, if you prioritize quality over quantity, the hacks and tips listed in this article will come in handy, whether you are looking to connect with the prospective customers, partners, investors, etc.

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