How to search for names by phone number

Written by mike goldstein
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How to search for names by phone number
The Internet provides digital phone books where you can search by number. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Whether it is a phone call from an unrecognized number or a phone number that was written down without a name, there are times when we need to find the owner of a phone number without being able to directly ask. The White Pages are essentially the Yellow Pages for personal numbers and provide a website where you can search for either phone numbers or the names associated with a particular number.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Go to the White Pages website and enter the phone number, including the area code, in the "Reverse Phone" search box on the bottom left part of the screen. Click "Find."

  2. 2

    Look through the results list and click the name to get more information.

  3. 3

    If the search returns the words "Cell Phone" without results, type your cell phone number in the box labelled "Lookup who owns..." to receive a text from White Pages with the information. This costs £1.20 plus any charges your cell phone service applies for text messages.

Tips and warnings

  • Not all numbers will display results. You may need to pay a fee to get the information of businesses, cell phones and unlisted numbers, if this information is available.

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