5 Best Ways to Find Someone’s Email Address

Finding somebody’s email address can be
difficult because unlike phone numbers and physical addresses, there’s not a
phonebook-like database of email addresses. However, there are a few tips you
can employ that will make your email-finding process easier.

Find an Email
Address With a Search Engine

Google or another search engine is a great place for finding all sorts of information, and if the tool you use has advanced searching capabilities, finding an email address can be easy.

When you use a search engine to find someone’s
email address, you’re able to quickly sift through a huge database of websites
at once. This is the best way to find anybody’s email address, so it should be
your very first method.

However, it’d be next to impossible to move
through all those websites by hand to find each email address, and then filter
through all those addresses to find the one you’re after. It’s important, then,
to use any tools available to you to narrow down the results.

With Google, for example, you can use search
operators to get really specific about the person you’re looking for. Here’s
one example if you were looking for Jerry Carl’s Gmail address:

AND “Jerry Carl”

Of course, adding any other relevant
information might be helpful. If you know where this person works or lives, or
anything else about him or her that might show up alongside his email address
on an online profile of him, use it here.

Here are some other examples of using Google
to find anybody’s email address:

  • “@yahoo.com” AND “new york” AND “Pat Neises”
  • “@aol.com” OR “@hotmail.com” “Colorado State University” AND

If you’re sure which email provider they use —
whether it’s Outlook.com, Gmail.com, Yahoo.com, etc. — you can try each of them
separately or with the OR option like
shown above.

Search Their
Website for Email Addresses

Does this person have their own website? Maybe
they go to a specific school and you suspect that their email address is posted
somewhere on the school’s website. There are a few ways to can narrow down your
email search to just one particular website.

The first is to use a search engine or the
website’s search function. For instance, head over to Google and enter site:example.com “@gmail.com” AND “Mary” to
help find Mary’s Gmail account. This type of search is limited to example.com only, so you can change it
to whatever website their address might be listed on.

Another way to gather email addresses from a website is with an email scraper like VoilaNorbert. Just enter the person’s first and last name along with the website URL to get a list of matching email addresses. You get 50 successful searches for free.

Guess the Email

Sure, you may have already thought about doing
this, but there are a few tips you should know that can help you guess someone’s
email address.

If you already know their username (the part
before @), go ahead and try all the domains you can think of. For example, if
the person’s username is texas4life1991,
try adding @gmail.com, @outlook.com,
@hotmail.com, @aol.com, @yahoo.com
, etc., until one works.

However, if you’re not so lucky to know their
username, start by guessing things you know about them, such as their birthdate
or graduation date. Lots of people like to use those facts in their username,
but if not, maybe it’s just as simple as their first and last name.

Here are some examples if we consider the
person’s name to be Christina Rodriguez.

Also consider small changes like underscores
or hyphens. The username might instead be christina.rodriguez,
rodriguezchristina, or christina_rodriguez.

If this person goes to your school or a university that you know the domain for, try something simple like their name with the school’s address for the domain.

For instance, if Christina goes to school at Colorado State University (colostate.edu), her email address probably ends with @colostate.edu. In this case, you could try all the username tips from above but end the address with this domain instead of a public one like Gmail or Yahoo.

Schools often use the first letter of the first name, such as crodriguez, but
might sometimes shorten the last name, too. You might try chrrod or

If you’re having troubles coming up with possible usernames, plug the person’s name into Email Permutator+ and have it generate a bunch of possible addresses.

Find Email
Addresses With Pipl

Pipl is a “people search” tool that will gather all the information it finds on someone into one page, for free. All you have to do is make a free user account to see the results.

This tool might show you someone’s email
address but will most likely reveal their online presence instead, which you can
then use to do further research. Once you’ve landed on somebody’s social media
profile, for example, you can most likely email them there or find their email
address posted publicly on their page.

All you need to know about someone to use Pipl
is their name, username, or phone number. A location will be much more helpful,
but it’s not required. After performing the search, the results can be filtered
by location and age.

Find a Past Email
That Includes Their Address

Don’t forget not to overlook the obvious: open
an email they’ve already sent you. If you’re trying to find someone’s email
address so that you can send them a message, but you don’t have them in your
contact list, do a quick search through all your emails for a message from the
person. In the email is a record of their email address.

Most email providers have a large search tool at the top of the page where you can enter details about the message you’re looking for, like the subject, details in the recipient’s email signature, their name, etc. Enter anything you know about the person and see if an old message appears.

When you open the email, look for the details
area where you can see when the email arrived, who it was sent to, and who sent
it. The “from” address is what you’re looking for.

5 VR Applications that Aren’t Games

Virtual reality is finally good. If you lived through the VR technology of the 90s, that’s something you may never have expected to hear. However, if you own any current generation VR gear, you’ll know that there’s plenty of AAA fun to be had in virtual spaces.

VR gaming in particular has really taken off, which might lead to the impression that this is all that VR is good for. However there are some nifty applications out there that makes use of VR technology for something other than innovative gaming experiences.

From actual useful utilities to educational experiences to art. There’s a VR app for just about everything. These five VR applications are perfect examples of how VR can be used for much more than video games.

Virtual Desktop for Oculus Go

The Oculus Go is a standalone, self-contained
VR headset from Facebook-owned Oculus. Many applications that were originally
designed for the tethered Oculus Rift have been ported in one form or another
to the Go.

One popular application is Virtual Desktop. Basically, it puts you into a virtual space and then replicates your desktop displays within that space. There’s a lot of reasons to do this.

For one, it’s a great way to work in private without distraction or shoulder surfing. It also means you aren’t constrained by your physical monitors. Have as many as you want, in any arrangement and at any size. VR desktop software also lets you watch VR content like 360-degree YouTube videos natively.

Bringing the software to an untethered VR
headset really opens up possibilities. Use it with a Bluetooth mouse and
keyboard and you can bring your desktop with you anywhere in your home, within
reach of the WiFi. You can also the software over an internet connection from
anywhere in the world, but obviously latency and bandwidth become factors to

Get it here.

Google Earth VR

Google has done a lot to digitize and map our planet. From satellite images in Google maps to Google Street View, you can see an amazing amount of the world from the comfort of your chair.

The apex of all this geographic data capture is certainly Google Earth, which doesn’t get that much attention these days. So you might be surprised to hear that Google Earth has a full-on VR version, compatible with both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Using advanced photogrammetry and 3D rendering
tech, Google Earth VR lets you fly around the world, looking down into cities,
soaring through canyons and experiencing the world as some sort of titanic god.
The imagery on offer here is really an impressive achievement and it’s a
fantastic educational tool, even if you don’t opt for the VR version.

Get it here.


One of the best things about modern VR is
something called “presence”. That’s the sensation you get when your brain
thinks you really are wherever the VR world tells you. It means you perceive
the virtual objects around you as really there, which includes virtual people.

This means social VR apps have the potential
to bring us a whole new social experience online. vTime is one of the most
impressive examples of this VR app type. It’s a cross-platform application that
lets people use VR and traditional 2D devices to hang out with each other
seamlessly. They refer to it as a “cross-reality” platform, which essentially
means people in the same virtual space will have different experiences.

Those spaces are pretty nice too. From tropical islands to cosy fireplace lounges, vTime makes a space for you to be with other human beings. Albeit in the form of cartoony avatars.

While the effect may not be all that impressive using something other than VR, the surprising feeling of presence with a headset when using social apps like these really make you feel like this is something special.

Get it here.


While VR uses plenty of technologies that we already know, it’s actually a properly new medium. Which means people still have to figure out how to tell stories effectively using it.

Unlike a film frame, you can’t take total control over what the viewer sees or pays attention to. So creators have to invent new ways to subtly and effectively give people the experience they intended when making their content.

Henry, a VR animated short, is currently the best example of how to tell a story in VR. It’s a showcase title for the Oculus Rift, Oculus Go and Gear VR. Expertly rendered and designed, with Hollywood-levels of production quality, Henry shows what’s possible with VR and has yet to be topped.

The story itself is pretty charming, but it’s just as important as a technical and artistic milestone and showcase. If you own the right VR gear and have never seen Henry, that’s something you need to rectify right away.

Get it here.

Tilt Brush

VR has been promoted mainly as a way to
consume things that other people have created. Whether it’s a VR video, game or
other interactive piece of software. Google looked at it from another
perspective and instead created a tool that allows you to use the unique
attributes of VR to make content instead.

Tilt Brush is available for the Vive, Oculus and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. It’s a painting tool that works in three dimensions. Or perhaps it’s a VR 3D modelling tool that works with brushes. Really, you’ll have to re-evaluate how you think about things for it to really make sense.

Even if you don’t want to make your own creations, you can explore the works of others in VR, as they are meant to be seen. It’s a whole new way to approach art, and it is glorious.

Get it here.

VR – More Than Meets the Eye

As with any new medium, creators and developers are still exploring what’s possible. It took decades from TV’s mainstream adoption to the pinnacle of modern day television.

Proper, practical VR has only been around since around 2016, so seeing such a diversity of apps already bodes well. So if you’re a little burnt out on VR games, there’s no reason for that headset to gather dust. There’s plenty more to do!

How to Schedule Emails to Be Sent Later

There are several really great email services out there, and some of them even let you schedule emails. A scheduled email is a message you can send in the future; just write the message in advance and set up the email delay so that they won’t go out until the day and time you specify.

If you’re the type to write emails but forget
to send them on time, and they just sit in your drafts folder for far too long,
sending an email at a specific time in the future might be exactly what you
need. Or maybe you have something to say but it isn’t relevant for a few more
days; just schedule the message to be sent at the perfect time.

Most of us can probably find a use for
scheduling emails. Fortunately, some of the biggest names in email providers
support the feature.

Outlook.com, Yahoo, ProtonMail, and probably some other email providers don’t
include the option to schedule emails from their respective webmail sites.
However, you can still set up scheduled emails with an offline email client as
described at the bottom of this page.

Schedule Emails on Gmail

Scheduling a Gmail message to be sent later is
as easy as selecting the Schedule send

Step 1: Select the down arrow next to Send
and choose Schedule send. You can do
this from any compose box, whether you’re writing a new email, replying to one,
or forwarding the message.

Step 2: Pick one of the suggested times or select Pick date & time to customize when the email should go out. You
can choose any date on the calendar and optionally define the exact time that
the email should be delivered on that day.

Step 3: Press Schedule send to
queue the email for sending.

Gmail stores not-yet-sent emails in the Scheduled folder, which you can access
from the left pane just under the “Sent” folder. The date the email will be
sent is shown on the far right, but you can open the email and read the line at
the very bottom of the message to see the exact date and time.

To cancel a scheduled email in Gmail, open the
message from the Scheduled folder and choose Cancel send. To cancel multiple scheduled emails at once, select
them from the list of scheduled emails and then hit the cancel button at the

Schedule Emails on

The “delay sending” feature in Yandex.Mail us
used to send an email at a later date.

Step 1: When writing an email, select the small clock icon next to Send at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: On the pop-up, press the word today
and then choose when the email should be sent. The drop-down next to the date
selector is how you can change the time of date that the email will be sent.

Step 3: Ensure that you’ve addressed the email, and then press the big yellow
send button to schedule it.

Yandex.Mail stores scheduled emails in the Outbox folder. You can open the
scheduled email there to change the text in the message; just press the send
button when you’re finished editing and it will return to the same folder to
await being sent.

To edit when the scheduled email will be sent,
open that particular message and repeat the steps above, pressing send again to
save the new date/time. Or, to undo the scheduled send so that you can send it
right away, uncheck the box in the pop-up during Step 2 and just hit Send.

Schedule Emails on

GMX is another popular email service that lets
you send emails at a specific date and time.

Step 1: Press the clock icon next to Send.

Step 2: Select the second bubble to choose when to send the email. Use the
built-in calendar to select a day of the week, and then adjust the time to the
right if you want to change the time the email will send.

Step 3: Press OK to save the
changes. You’ll see the scheduled time appear next to the clock icon.

The scheduled email in GMX is stored in the Outbox folder where you can edit it at
any time before the sent time. To change or cancel the time the email will be
sent, locate it in the Outbox folder, press the clock icon, and choose Change sending time.

Schedule Emails
With Thunderbird

Using an email program like Thunderbird to
send emails on a schedule is really helpful because it doesn’t matter what
email service you use; it works for all of them. If you can set up your email
in Thunderbird, then you can use the delayed send feature.

For example, you can use Thunderbird to
schedule Yahoo emails, to schedule emails from Outlook.com, or to pick exactly
when to send an AOL Mail email…even though none of those websites have native
scheduling support.

Thunderbird doesn’t come with a scheduled send feature by default, but you can easily add it with the Send Later add-on.

Step 1: Download the Send Later add-on from the link above.

Step 2: Go to Tools > Add-ons in Thunderbird.

Step 3: Drag the extension file directly into the left pane of Thunderbird
where it lists Get Add-ons, Extensions, Themes, and Plugins.

Step 4: Select Install Now on the
installation prompt.

Step 5. Restart Thunderbird be selecting Restart
or by closing the program and then reopening it.

Step 6: Write the email you want to send later.

Step 7. Instead of pressing the normal Send button, go to File > Send Later.

Step 8: Fill out the details for when to send the email. You can even
schedule the email to be sent on a recurring basis by selecting one of the Recur options and completing the values
towards the bottom of the prompt.

Step 9: Choose Send around

You can edit or cancel the yet-to-be-sent
email in Thunderbird by locating it from the Drafts folder.

Some of the options you can change for the Send Later add-on for Thunderbird
include making the regular Send button the same as Send Later (so you don’t
accidentally send a message now that you meant to schedule) and changing
keyboard shortcuts.

5 iOS Games Worth Buying an MFi Controller For

Gaming on mobile devices has certainly
improved by leaps and bounds over the last years. Even mid-range phones are
powerful enough to run games that would have been exclusively console-bound in
the past. There are also plenty of wonderful console ports on both Android and

Everything about gaming on mobile is pretty great, except when it comes to the controls. Since smartphones and tablets don’t have physical buttons, the only interface is a touch screen.

That’s perfectly OK for games that have been designed for touch or are in a genre that works well with it. The (now sadly gone) Infinity Blade games and Civilization VI are both good examples of this.

However, there are many great games on mobile that are simply awkward to play using touch controls. This is where iOS really shines, thanks to Apple’s “MFi” orMade for iOS standard. This is a set of minimum requirements published by Apple for makers of iOS gamepads.

If a game and a controller both support the MFi standard then it will work perfectly. On Android controller support is much more fragmented, with some games supporting one brand or standard and other games supporting something else.

So which games on iOS are good enough to justify buying an MFi controller? We’ve picked five excellent titles that benefit so much from using a controller, you won’t ever want to go back to touch.

Sure, there are games like KOTOR that are both excellent games and have MFi controller support. However, their touch controls are so good that you don’t really gain anything from using a controller. We haven’t included those games in this list for that reason.

GRID Autosport

GRID Autosport is a milestone mobile game for a few reasons. The most striking is the game’s graphical presentation. This is almost exactly the same game we played on console and PC.

While graphical fidelity certainly had to be toned down a little, the game certainly looks as good or better than the previous generation of home consoles such as the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. An incredible feat considering that it runs on a passively-cooled phone or tablet.

Playing the game with touch controls is
however a real chore. It’s borderline impossible to achieve the precise driving
you need to progress. Change over to a gamepad however and suddenly you’ll be
in the groove.

While GRID may be a little on the pricey side,
it’s absolutely packed with content. Featuring 100 cars and 100 tracks, you
definitely get value for money, but without a gamepad we couldn’t recommend
spending the cash.

Get it here.

Rush Rally 3

Our second game is a also a racing title, but it’s not the graphical bonanza that GRID offers. That being said RR3 looks pretty amazing given how small the developer is and is probably the best rally experience on either Android or iOS.

Despite rally racing being more technical and unforgiving than track racing in general, RR3’s touch controls are pretty well tuned, especially with the difficulty turned down. Which means it’s actually a decent way to kill a few minutes on your phone while waiting at the DMV or doctor’s offices.

If you want to settle down to some properly dirty fun however, you absolutely need an MFi controller. RR3 is almost a different game entirely freed from the limitations of touch controls. There are few things nas satisfying as sliding around a hairpin corner so fast you can’t believe the car’s not rolling into a tree already.

The game is also much more affordable than GRID, so you really have no excuse. It’s
predecessor, Rush Rally 2, is also still on sale for just a buck or two and was
also the previous king of rally on mobile. Grab both with an MFi controller of
your choice and you’ll be as happy as a pig in mud. Lots and lots of mud.

Get it here.


Nintendo’s stable of classic franchises have
enthralled gamers for decades now. From Mario to Zelda and everything in
between,  there’s just a sort of magic to
the Nintendo family of games. Many developers who make games for non-Nintendo
hardware have tried to copy some of these games, attempting to capture what
makes them special.

Oceanhorn is unashamedly a take on classic
top-down Zelda titles such as A Link to
the Past
. That’s some pretty hallowed ground to tread, but it turns out
that Oceanhorn’s makers know how to pay proper tribute while making something
great in its own right.

There’s also some real industry talent
involved with the game, such as the legendary Nobuo Uematsu. Probably best
known for making most of the Final Fantasy music. The game looks gorgeous,
gameplay is responsive and snappy with a perfectly serviceable story of a boy
searching a series of islands for his missing father.

Oceanhorn’s touch controls are OK, but in an action fantasy game like this you’ll often find yourself eating a boss’ damage or losing hearts for no reason other than a lack of precision and feedback.

Using an MFi controller will turn you into a hack-and-slash pro and takes all the frustration out of playing this wonderful little title. This game is now also (ironically) available on the Nintendo Switch, so that should tell you something about its quality.

Get it here.


Does Fortnite even need an introduction?
Following on the Battle Royale pioneer Player
Unknown’s Battleground
, Fortnite took this fresh new formula and put a
unique gameplay spin on it.

In the most popular Battle Royal mode, 100
players drop from the sky with no gear or weapons. You must find goodies as
quickly as possible, last person standing wins! Fortnite is free-to-play, but
made a whopping $2.4 billion in 2018. That’s a LOT of weapon skins.

Things really started to pick up when Fortnite came to mobile devices. Predictably this move caused major disruptions in schools, as battle-hungry kids duked it out when they should have been learning history and algebra.

Having Fortnite on mobile has been great, but the touch controls really do make for a much inferior experience compared to console versions. It’s too easy to feel that you’ve just been eliminated thanks to bad controls rather than a lack of skill.

In early 2019 MFi controller support finally came to Fortnite and now you can’t blame the controls anymore. There really is no other way to play than having physical controls.

Get it here.

Sonic CD Classic

Even people who aren’t gamers are probably aware of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega’s main mascot in the 90s while the competition between it and Nintendo was red hot. The first Sonic game on the Megadrive/Genesis was a smash hit and is still a very worthy retro experience today.

However Sonic CD, which worked with the Sega CD attachment, is quite likely the best Sonic game ever made. Thanks to the extra space afforded by the CD media the music is better, there are more varied assets and better sound effects. It’s also a brilliant Sonic game from a pure gameplay perspective.

The iOS port of the game brings a lot more to
the table. One of the biggest features is the inclusion of the original
animated videos that the lo-fi Sega CD versions were made from.

You also get both the American and Japanese
soundtracks and of course upscaled graphics.

If you don’t have an MFi controller though, things sour quickly. Sonic CD is a game that required precision and you can’t take your eyes off the screen for a second.

That’s a pretty bad formula for touch controls and to be honest the game loses all of its fun when using touch controls. Switch to a controller however and you’ll be zooming through time and space before you know it.

Get it here.

A Whole New World of Games

These are just five games, you can find lists of games with MFi support all over the internet. Some are better with MFi, but play just fine without it. Others don’t benefit from MFi support, but have it anyway and then there are games like these that really require a controller to work properly.

Whichever is true for a given game, buying an MFi controller sure does open up a completely new world of gaming on the go with smartphone or tablet hardware and you’ll never want for titles to play!

6 Best Mobile Payment Apps

Mobile payment apps let you send money to
anyone using nothing but your phone. Most banks include money-sending
capabilities already, but what makes dedicated mobile payment apps different is
that you don’t need to open a full-fledged bank account to use them. Plus, you
might already have the app on your phone!

Most payment apps for Android and iOS can be
set up in seconds because they just need your debit card number. Others might
use your bank routing number and account number, but either way, you have full
control of which of your banks get used for sending and receiving money.

Best of all, each of these apps are 100% free
for most of the features, and nearly all have zero fees. There are a few
limitations with each service, but they aren’t large enough to stop most people
from using them.

Cash App

Cash App is one of the easier-to-use free money transfer apps. Just add your debit card to your account to send people money in seconds, and it will show up in their account immediately. It’s just as easy to request money, too.

Something really neat about Cash App is that
you get a unique username, called a $Cashtag, that anyone with the app can use
to send you money. You’ll even get your own unique website (more of a simple
profile) where users can visit from a computer and send money directly to you
without disclosing any of your personal information.

Once you have money in your Cash App account,
you can keep it there and use it free with the included debit card, which is
also free and even supports cash-back features. Or, you can transfer your Cash
App funds to your own bank via the account/routing number.

You’re also able to buy Bitcoin with Cash App.
The weekly Bitcoin purchase limit is $10,000, and while that might be a stretch
for most people, it’s nice to know the option is there should you get the
crypto itch.

App Limits

  • Within seven days: $250, after
    which you must verify your social security number and other personal
    information to raise the limit to $2,500 /week
  • Weekly cash-outs: $25,000
  • ATM withdrawals: $250
    /transaction, $250 /24 hours, $1,000 /week, and $1,250 /month
  • Fee (based on amount) when
    withdrawing instantly to bank; no fee for standard withdrawals that take a few

You can use Cash App from their website or via the Android or iOS app.

Google Pay

Google Pay is Google’s attempt at the mobile payment market, and they’ve done a decent job. The service used to offer a debit card but currently only works online from the website or app, but it has really high limits if you plan on using it for large payments.

Something we like about Google Pay is that it
can hold cash in your Google account so that you can decide how much money to
disperse to your bank accounts, if you have multiple. Or, you can choose a
default account so that any money sent to you goes into your bank immediately
(and it usually is immediately).

When you go to make a new payment to someone,
either by selecting the contact or entering their email/phone, you have full
control over which account the money comes out of: a bank, debit card, or your
Google Pay balance. You can also add a memo to the transaction for easier
record keeping.

You can send and request money through Google
Pay, and even sign up for reminders to get alerted when it’s time to
send/request money again (like for rent, work, etc.).

Pay Limits

  • Single transaction: Up to $10,000
  • Within seven days: Up to $10,00
  • Florida residents: Up to $3,000
    every 24 hours
  • Transactions over $2,500:
    Recipient must add a bank account to get the money

Google Pay can be used online in a web browser or from an Android or iOS mobile device.


PayPal has been around a long time, but it’s still one of the better mobile payment apps you can download. It lets you send money all around the world, and much like Cash App, also lets you get a free PayPal debit card.

Unfortunately, the fees are a bit confusing to understand, so it’s important to read through them thoroughly. Most people, though, who trade for personal reasons should have no problem using PayPal absolutely free.

Like Cash App, you can get a PayPal.me address
PayPal users can visit to easily send you money. PayPal accounts are also
assigned a unique QR code; share it to have others send money to you easily by
just scanning your code, or scan theirs to send the money.


  • Single transaction: 2.9% fee if sending or receiving money with a credit or debit card (no fee for bank accounts)
  • Instant debit card withdrawal: $5,000 /transaction, /day, and /week; $15,000 /month
  • There are other PayPal fees to consider

Use PayPal online or from the mobile app: iOS or Android.


Zelle is by far the simplest app in this list. When it’s all said and done, it’s a true bank-to-bank transfer app. Unlike the apps already mentioned, there isn’t a place within your Zelle account where money gets held up until you move it again. In other words, when someone sends you money, it goes right into your bank of choice…usually in seconds!

After downloading the app, you must tie your
phone number to a debit card number, and from there you can send money to or
request money from anyone. If they don’t yet have Zelle, they can add their
debit card to the app to accept your transfer or send money to you; there’s a
14-day grace period for cases like this.

The Zelle service is already built-in to some
banking apps, but if your bank doesn’t support it, then the app is the only way
you can use it, and it’s super easy
to use. The screenshot above is enough to understand just how basic this app
really is.

One side note is that you can, if you so
choose, set up two Zelle accounts: one using your email address that’s tied to
your Zelle-enabled bank, and another with your phone number through the Zelle
app. If you have multiple bank accounts that you like to move money between,
Zelle will work as your own free wire transferring service!


  • $500 within a seven day period if
    your bank doesn’t support Zelle

You can get Zelle for Android and iOS.

Facebook Messenger

Most people already have Messenger installed on their phone or open in their browser, so sending money over Facebook’s messaging service might be the easiest way yet. You don’t even need to pull out your bank information!

To do this, tie your debit card or PayPal account to your Facebook account, and then open a new message with the person you want to send money to or request money from.

From a computer, click the money symbol in the
toolbar, type an amount in the Pay
or Request section, and immediately
exchange money right there while texting. From a phone, use the Pay Friend mini app from Messenger’s
slide-out apps menu.


  • Works only for users in France,
    the US, and the UK
  • You can only send money to people
    living in the same country as you
  • Sending money via PayPal is
    available only in the US

Using Messenger to get or send money from friends can be done through a browser on a computer or with the Android or iOS app.


Mezu is a unique money-sending app because it’s completely anonymous, lets you send money to anywhere no matter where they live, and even includes a game where you can make money (albeit normally small amounts).

Here’s how it works: enter how much money you
want to send to have the app generate a temporary code, and then share the code
with someone before the time runs out for the money to transfer to their
account instantly. No personal details are shared, and you can send quite a bit
before reaching limits.

You can also request money from people, send
money to contacts (no code required, but it’s not anonymous), and even create
location-based deposits where anyone in the vicinity can drop money into your
account without you having to share codes.

A few times a week, Mezu hosts a game called
Mezu Money Time. After listening to an ad for a couple minutes, you compete
with other players to see who can enter the given code the fastest. Every game
is different but usually, the fastest players are awarded some money, often
anything from $2 to $20.

Tip: Install Mezu through this link and you’ll receive $5 the first time you send money with the app.


  • Within seven days: $2,999.99
  • Single transaction: $499.99
  • Single transaction: $1,999.99 with
    a contact
  • Withdrawal: $2,999.99 for any
    single withdrawal

The Mezu service runs on mobile devices only, both iOS and Android.