Reverse Email Lookup, the Right Way

To perform a reverse email lookup the right way, you will have to utilize social media and Google as an investigative tool.

  • This is how you can find out who an email belongs to

If you are new to searching contact information such as emails, social media and Google will be a couple of good first steps.


Unfortunately, paid email search services will offer no help. This can make a reverse email lookup seem like a hard task.


There are many online email searching services on the web that promise email search results for a small fee. However, many of these reverse email lookup services are simply clickbait scams or are just trying to extract a small fee from you. They will not be able to provide the information behind the email you are looking for.


A DIY reverse email lookup will almost always be the best option.


Free Reverse Email Lookup Summary

  1. Lookup the email with the use of the Google Search Operator: "Exact Phrase Match." This is used in our completely free Google Reverse Email Lookup Tool!

  2. Search the email in social media platforms.

Google Reverse Email Search

Google is where you should start when doing a reverse email lookup. This is a great way to start an email reverse search when it is combined with "Google Search Operators." This also answers the question: "how do I do a reverse email lookup for free on Google?"

  • The answer is using Google Search Operators

Search Operators are special text characters and commands that greatly extend the capabilities of a regular Google search. The one specific Google Search Operators that works well with a reverse email search is quotes ("").


This Operator searches Google for 100% the exact phrase that is being searched within the quotes. If an email is searched inside quotes, only results containing that exact email will appear. This will get rid of a near infinite amount of unwanted similar emails that will not help in the reverse email lookup.

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Email Search Via Social Media

After a quick search on Google, you'll need to lookup the email in various social media platforms. Social media accounts will sometimes have email information that is not accessible by search engines.


Many social media users will have their email available with a quick search in the social media's search box. However, unlike Google, you'll have to spend more time searching the email in social media. The email will need to be searched individually in each of the social media platforms.

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Now you know why paid email lookup services cannot be used. These email lookup services are almost always disingenuous and if they can get information on an email, it will be fragmented information that has been aggregated from Google. This holds true even for services that claim to be the best free reverse email lookup service. These free services are usually just trying to acquire and sell your personal data. Thankfully, a basic reverse email lookup can be done simply and without a paid or free service. All one has to do is two basic steps: utilize Google and social media. After these two basic steps, a reverse email search will yield the most accurate information available.

About the Author

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Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 14 years as a Professional Investigator. Peter has spent more than a decade conducting investigations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of many investigative training programs in various capacities. Peter has helped many individuals on their journey to learning to utilize search engines to their full potential.