How To Trace An Email Address Without Using Email Header In Gmail

How To Trace An Email Address In Gmail

Gmail (Google Mail) hides the sender IP address from outgoing email headers (if you compose the mail from Gmail.com itself). But if you have enabled POP3/IMAP in Gmail and is using an email client like Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Windows Mail etc. to send mails then Google includes your IP address in the outgoing email header. It’s because when you send the mail using an email client you’re not using your ISP to send the mail. You’re just using your web browser to communicate with the email service provider. So that when you hit the “Send” button the mail is actually sent from the email service provider’s server.

Trace An Email Address

But both Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail includes the IP address (Internet Protocol address) of the computer which was  used to compose the mail in the email header. (Read: How To Find The IP Address Of The Email Sender In Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, AOL, and Outlook Express)

How To Trace An Email Address In Gmail

If the sender’s email address is an @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com or an @aol.com then you can trace the email sender location in Gmail by tracking the IP address of the sender. How? Just open the message in Gmail.com and click “Show original” in “More” menu (as shown below).

View Email Header In Gmail

It will show the “Full Source” which looks like…

View Email Header In Gmail

As you can see it shows the IP address of the sender. Now use an IP address tracer like IP-Adress.com to trace or locate that IP address.

If you’re unable to find the IP address from the email header then you can try Email Trace which is an email tracking service by IP-Adress.com. Just copy-paste the email header (till the “Subject”) and it will Track Email Sender for you (It works only if the sender is @hotmail, @yahoo, @live, @aol etc.).

How To Find Email Sender Location Without Using IP In Gmail

If the sender is @gmail then you can find the approximate location of the email sender by enabling the Gmail Lab feature “Sender Time Zone”. Go to Gmail Labs and then enable the lab feature “Sender Time Zone”.

Gmail Labs: Sender Time Zone

The real purpose of “Sender Time Zone” is to determine whether the recipient is reachable or not. It shows a green or red phone icon next to the name. If the recipient is reachable (between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM in the sender’s local time zone) then it shows a green icon otherwise it shows a red icon.

Sender Time Zone

So you can find the location of the Sender by using his Time Zone. But still you can’t find his/her exact location.

(Recommended: 10 Gmail Lab Features You Must Enable)

Trace Email Address & Sender Location Using Facebook

You can use Facebook to do a reverse email ID search to see if there is a Facebook profile associated with the sender’s email ID. Open Facebook and enter “example@example.com” in the search box and click “Search”.

If there is a profile associated with that email ID then Facebook will show it for you. As you probably know Facebook has over 850 million users so most probably you’ll be able to find a matching profile with that email ID.

  • Jonothan

    Hi, I have read your tutorial on how to trace the IP address from a gmail, however I have received an absuive email to my outlook from an unknown gmail user, when i check out the header it only gives me the ip address of Gmail, no X-originating-IP is indicated. So how do I trace the IP address?

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Hi Jonothan,

      If the email is from Gmail web interface it’s not possible to trace the IP. However you can track the IP address of @gmail.com sender if the mail is sent via a POP client. If you want to know the location (time zone) of the sender then use the “Sender Time Zone” lab feature.

  • Lynn-Marie

    Hi, i already know how to find the IP address with an actual email, but in gmail two people i may know want to chat with me. i dont want to let some psycho chat with me, is there a way i can find out his IP address without having to get an actual email?

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      No, it’s not possible that way…. Also, if it’s a Gmail ID then they don’t show the IP address in the header. Maybe, you can send a bitly link to that person and make him to click on that link so can track his location that way.

  • Thirividhi

    Hi Mahesh,

    I am receiving abuse mails from Gmail. can u please help me out to find the location of the person.

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Hi,

      It’s not possible to track the IP address of a sender with Gmail address since Google don’t reveal the IP address. The best option is to create a filter so that all the mails from that email id will go to the trash.