How to Find People on Gmail

By Daniel Tolliday

Gmail (Google Mail) is a Web-based email provider that enables you to organize and manage your contact list through its easy-to-use chat sidebar. Gmail gives you more than 5 gigabytes (GB) of space to store your email messages and attachments. Combined with its popular Google search technology, Gmail also lets users chat and make video calls over the Internet--all for free. If you are using Gmail and wish to search for a friend or relative, it is quick and easy to do so.

Things You'll Need

  • Gmail account

Step 1

Launch your Web browser and navigate to

Step 2

Enter your Gmail user name and password into the boxes. Press the "Sign In" button to log in to your Gmail account.

Step 3

Find the sidebar on the left-hand side of your Gmail account page. Click the option that reads "Chat." A search box and a list of all your Gmail contacts will appear.

Step 4

Enter the name or email address of the person you would like to find into the search box at the top of the "Chat" section. Press "Enter" and Google will search through Gmail's listings and matches your keywords with the results.

Step 5

Select the "Add to Contacts" button if you wish to add one of the search results to your Gmail chat and contact list.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your search did not give you the information you required, try using different keywords or check the spelling of the names you entered.