How to get the Android device's primary e-mail address


How do you get the Android's primary e-mail address (or a list of e-mail addresses)?

It's my understanding that on OS 2.0+ there's support for multiple e-mail addresses, but below 2.0 you can only have one e-mail address per device.

12/22/2015 4:54:01 PM

Accepted Answer

There are several ways to do this, shown below.

As a friendly warning, be careful and up-front to the user when dealing with account, profile, and contact data. If you misuse a user's email address or other personal information, bad things can happen.

Method A: Use AccountManager (API level 5+)

You can use AccountManager.getAccounts or AccountManager.getAccountsByType to get a list of all account names on the device. Fortunately, for certain account types (including, the account names are email addresses. Example snippet below.

Pattern emailPattern = Patterns.EMAIL_ADDRESS; // API level 8+
Account[] accounts = AccountManager.get(context).getAccounts();
for (Account account : accounts) {
    if (emailPattern.matcher( {
        String possibleEmail =;

Note that this requires the GET_ACCOUNTS permission:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.GET_ACCOUNTS" />

More on using AccountManager can be found at the Contact Manager sample code in the SDK.

Method B: Use ContactsContract.Profile (API level 14+)

As of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), you can get the user's email addresses by accessing their profile. Accessing the user profile is a bit heavyweight as it requires two permissions (more on that below), but email addresses are fairly sensitive pieces of data, so this is the price of admission.

Below is a full example that uses a CursorLoader to retrieve profile data rows containing email addresses.

public class ExampleActivity extends Activity implements LoaderManager.LoaderCallbacks<Cursor> {
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        getLoaderManager().initLoader(0, null, this);

    public Loader<Cursor> onCreateLoader(int id, Bundle arguments) {
        return new CursorLoader(this,
                // Retrieve data rows for the device user's 'profile' contact.

                // Select only email addresses.
                ContactsContract.Contacts.Data.MIMETYPE + " = ?",
                new String[]{ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Email.CONTENT_ITEM_TYPE},

                // Show primary email addresses first. Note that there won't be
                // a primary email address if the user hasn't specified one.
                ContactsContract.Contacts.Data.IS_PRIMARY + " DESC");

    public void onLoadFinished(Loader<Cursor> cursorLoader, Cursor cursor) {
        List<String> emails = new ArrayList<String>();
        while (!cursor.isAfterLast()) {
            // Potentially filter on ProfileQuery.IS_PRIMARY


    public void onLoaderReset(Loader<Cursor> cursorLoader) {

    private interface ProfileQuery {
        String[] PROJECTION = {

        int ADDRESS = 0;
        int IS_PRIMARY = 1;

This requires both the READ_PROFILE and READ_CONTACTS permissions:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_PROFILE" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_CONTACTS" />
9/5/2017 9:16:23 AM

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Using AccountPicker to get user's email address without any global permissions, and allowing the user to be aware and authorize or cancel the process.

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