Did you ever wonder to receive email from someone with your friend’s name? Well, it’s very easy to change the sender name while hiding the email address behind it. This is a simple and popular trick to send emails with Amazon or Google name using fake ids and asking for credentials. Also when browsing, you might have used your email address for sign up on some unauthorized sites. These sites will sell your email to third parties and you will start receiving all sort of emails like prize-winning, suggestions, promotional content, frauds etc.
But, you should know the fact that any email coming to your inbox is sent by someone. There should be an IP address from which the sender is sending you such emails. Though Gmail is good at spam blocking, it does not block all spam emails out of the box. In this article, we will explain how to track IP address of real sender in Gmail and trace the originating location.
Track The Real Sender in Gmail
When you are about to track someone’s IP address through email, you need to know that IP address of the sender is stored in email headers. The email headers are always delivered with the emails to the recipient. Since this information is technical in nature, most of the modern service providers like Gmail and others keep the header of the email hidden. So, you cannot directly look at them. Follow the You need to follow the steps given below in order to find out the IP address of the sender:
Fetching Sender’s IP Address
First of all, sign in to your Gmail account and open your inbox. Open any email that you want to track the real sender. When you have opened the email, go to right-hand side of the email and click on the downward arrow called as ‘More’ button.
You’ll see a number of options and you need to click on ‘Show Original’ option.
Then, you’ll see a new tab is opened and you’ll see an original message written. In original message section, you’ll see ‘Message-Id’, ‘Date & Time’, ‘Sender’s Email’, ‘Your Email’ and many other options.
Now, you need to find the IP address of the sender. Scroll down the page to see some more details with encrypted Ids and IP addresses. What you need to do is, press ‘CTRL + F’ to turn on ‘Find’ function.
Type ‘Received: from’ in the search box and locate the line with ‘Received: from’. In that line, you can find the sender’s IP address as shown below.
In some emails, you might see multiple ‘Received: from’ lines. These lines could be inserted by the spammers in order to confuse the recipients. This also happens when the email is passed through multiple email servers. In order to look for the originating sender’s IP address, you need to check the ‘Received: from’ line which has the IP address at the last position.
When you have the sender’s email address, it’s time to track this IP address.
Tracking the Sender’s IP Address
Open the IP tracker website in a new browser tab. This site will be helping you in finding the location and other details like ISP, organization, time zone, IP currency etc. Scroll down a little bit and you’ll see ‘Enter an IP address or domain’ bar. Here you need to enter the IP address which we have found recently from the previous steps. Enter the IP address and click on ‘Trace IP with IP Tracker’ button.
You’ll see that the information has been provided to you in an understandable table format and also a map on the left-hand side of the country/state/city in which that IP is located in.
The first section of the table will be indicating the whole IP locator and some basic info about the IP address. Here, you can be able to see the IP address, reverse DNS, hostname, nameservers.
The second section is about the lookup IP address location in which you can see the geographical location. You’ll see the continent, county, capital, state, city, postal code, area, ISP, organization, time zone etc. This information will help to find the real location of the person sent that email to you. If the location is not familiar, you can safely assume it was a spam email.
The third section is the extra part showing details like longitude / latitude, etc. and you don’t need to look much deeper into it.
What Can You Do After Finding the IP?
Well, you can’t block the sender based on IP address in Gmail. Basically you can block the sender’s email or create filter to send the email to junk automatically. Remember, the above explained method is very useful in situations when you receive emails from the known names but you are suspicious about the source of sender.
For example, the email may claim to be sent from one of your old friend’s name and you may not remember the exact email id. In this case verifying the IP address can help from where exactly it was sent and decide it’s a spam or real. At any case, don’t provide financial and confidential information over Gmail to anyone.
Finding the Real Email Address in Gmail Mobile App
Unfortunately Gmail does not show the email header information on mobile app, both on Android and iOS. So, you should go to desktop when you want to track the IP address of real sender.
In the above guide, we have explained about how to track the real sender in Gmail. When you are looking for the IP address, make sure it is written at the last position of the ‘Received: from’ line. Once you have the IP address location of the sender, it might help to understand the sender is real person or fake id.
Yes, google hides the ip address for privacy reasons. This is what worked for me.
I was having an email conversation with someone who wouldn’t tell me their location. We both were using Gmail email addresses.
When I expanded the email trail by clicking on the three dots, it showed what time they received my response. E.g. I sent the email at 22:48 (10:48 pm) while they received it at 13:49 (1:49 pm).
That helped me narrow it down to the timezone they are in. And then based on the conversation, I could further narrow it down to a couple of countries. Hope this is helpful to anyone else in a similar situation.
So basically your saying ANYONE that has gmail can send as much SPAM as they want to and nothing can be done, right? Even though you allow them to use you services? Something screwy about that. I know someone that gets at least 10 spam crap e mails a day from a g mail person. Doesnt your rules say NO SENDING OF SPAM or pornographic material? If so, why cant you trace whos sending her those spam messages everyday? I know ATT can track down the spammers if you have their e mail addy,,,,,,,,, She cant block them because they use a fake sender name like dgete @gmail.com Any ideas ? Thanks
I tried the same with my email, my friend’s email from different and same locations and devices but getting the same IP address as 22.214.171.124. Seems it’s gmail’s IP not the sender’s IP. Is there any way to find out real IP of the sender?
This information is hidden in Gmail. This is unfortunate as there is no clear cut way for me as a Gmail user to reach back out to Gmail and obtain a senders IP. In many respects this makes Gmail a sought after service to send spam from. I’d love to see a way for me to formally request a senders IP of a specific message. especially if I might want to then reach out to my local law enforcement.
That’s a too high expectation for a free service like Gmail with large user base. If that is your requirement, probably you should run your own domain with email (it hardly needs few dollars per month) or subscribe to premium services that offer this support.
Hi Thanks for the Info
I Have been trying to perform same procedures as it is but the IP address what im getting is this “126.96.36.199” and for all mails. that does not make any sense.
I agree. I’ve tried it too and it’s funny because even if we see the ip address in the headers, it probably doesn’t show the real IP of the device of the user. I generate the same IP address from a friend’s email who I know has sent the email here in Manila but IP shows US. Probably it shows the ip from the server of gmail? im not techie so this is confusing.
Same happened to me. USA for an email sent from Spain to UK, London for an email sent from Manchester and Vienna (?) for another one sent from Manchester. My guess is that it shows the server, not the sender.