How To Find Someone by a Phone Number

In today’s world, it’s become increasingly more difficult to keep things private. On the positive end, it’s now easier more than ever to look for people even if you have bits and pieces of information. If you want to find someone and only have a phone number to work with, don’t despair. There are things you can do if you’re diligent and patient enough.

Here’s how to find someone by a phone number.

  • Call the number. If you have the phone number, the easiest thing to do is to call it. If you get a live person on the other end, then you can introduce yourself and get the information you need. If you get a machine, you can leave a call back number. If the other person returns your call or press *69 to get back to you, then if you have caller ID, it should say who the number is registered to (unless the person has caller ID block). If you don’t sound desperate or creepy, other people will usually be responsive to inquiries. However, be truthful or the other person’s suspicions may be aroused.
  • Whitepages. Go online and go to and enter that data that you have. It has an option for “Reverse Phone”. Simply type in the phone number with area code and click on “Find”. The site will give you all people who have used that phone number, as well as the address and possible age range of the people. If you click on a name, it will take you further and provide you other possible addresses of the same person. It’s free and it only takes a few minutes to do.
  • Use Google. Another way you can use the Internet in your search is to use a search engine such as Google. Simply type in the phone number on the search space and see what hits you get. You may be given links to social networking sites such as Multiply, Facebook or LinkdIn. If there have been write-ups or entries about the person, you may also be shown links to those pages as well. Try doing a variety of combinations. You may try not entering the zip code. Try using hyphens, parenthesis or don’t leave any spaces or marks between the pages.
  • Reverse phone number lookup. You can use an Internet search database such as You’ll be able to find the name listed with the phone number, as well as the current and previous address, and perhaps even the phone company being used. Type in the phone number, including the area code in the space provided and click on “search”. Wait a few seconds and see what hits you get.

As you can see, having a person’s phone number can get your very far. If you know how to use the Internet, have patience and take the time to do a search, you can find more information about anyone. However, always make sure you are using the information for legal means only.


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