Have you ever tried to find a person in your town or anywhere in the world by a name or phone number without browsing through millions of search engines, directories and phone books? It can be a real nightmare. There are a lot of reasons you might want to find out who’s trying to reach you by doing a reverse phone lookup. Maybe you have been receiving strange phone calls or you have discovered your partner or child is communicating clandestinely with some unknown person. You may even suspect that what looks like a legitimate number could be a scam robocall. A reverse phone lookup helps you find out who has been calling or texting you or your loved ones.
As you will see below, it’s possible to find out who’s sending inappropriate text messages or calling at odd hours. And, most of the tools below are completely free.
Reverse Phone Lookup on Google
Google is naturally your first port of call. Most people think you could go to Google and just enter a phone number in any format and get the information you want. And, that may work sometimes for some people, depending on the phone number. But, there is a right way and a wrong way to search for a phone number on Google. For example, let’s assume you want to perform a reverse phone lookup for a famous phone number such as the famous business phone number 1 800 flowers, which is 800 356 9377.
Now, if you just enter the phone number 800 356 9377 with spaces in between the number groupings, you’re going to get several million search results. Now, for most people, this is going to be pretty useless.
However, if you enter the number as “800 356 9377” (note the double quotes) you’re going to whittle down those results to maybe be a few hundred thousand. This is a lot more manageable, but still a large search set.
The next best way to reverse lookup a phone number on Google, and this could include a landline, a cell phone or a fax number is to enter the number by separating the number groups using dashes, that is, 800-356-9377. That still gives you roughly the same amount of search results as above, but it’s going to pull up numbers that are more formatted for a phone number.
But, the best way to reverse lookup a phone number om Google is simple to enter the number with no spaces, dashes, and no double-quotes…simply 8003569377. This way, you will get much more relevant search results in a smaller number of total search results. If you enter the number without any sort of formatting you get only a few thousand search results, which is a lot more manageable.
Reverse Phone Lookup on Social Media
Did you know that you can use the search bar at the top left of the Facebook home page to type in somebody’s phone number and find them on Facebook? The only caveat to this is that the person must have included their phone number on their personal profile when they signed up. If they have chosen to hide this information, then you won’t be able to pull their profile using their phone number.
The same is also possible on Twitter. You can search for someone’s profile on Twitter using their phone number. However, if they have turned off their discoverability settings, then you won’t be able to do so.
Reverse Phone LookupTruecaller
TrueCaller is a global phone directory that is available as a mobile dialing and messaging app for both Android and iOS and as a desktop app. App users agree to share their phone books when they sign up to use the app. People from all over the world share their contacts via the application. This helps TrueCaller create a collaborative global phone directory with a database that is always evolving. When you use the app, you have instant access to hundreds of millions of phone numbers, even for people with prepaid phones.
To find someone, all you need to do is launch the TrueCaller application, then type in a name or number in the text box. You will get a result showing you the most common name that other phone users have used to save the phone number on their phones. Truecaller Premium is a paid service that allows you to search by someone’s name and then request the phone number.
Unfortunately, TrueCaller is only as good as the number of people using it. If you live in a region where Truecaller isn’t popular, then the database will prove useless to identify a strange number.
Reverse Phone Lookup with People Search Services
For a truly accurate and fast reverse phone lookup solution, you need an online People Search Service. People search websites allow people to find out the identity of a number by maintaining a database of phone numbers and other personal details of the person to whom the number was issued. You simply enter the phone number on the website, and it will provide you with the information pertaining to the owner of the phone number within seconds.
One example of a People Search Service is Nuwber. A search on Nuwber.com can help you find information on the caller. The site has a robust database that gives you access to a detailed report, including information on the owner, state and city where the number is located. It goes further and gives you the person’s police records, lawsuits, property ownership, and much more. All this is done while maintaining your anonymity.
With these tools, you are quite likely to identify an unknown caller. But, at the end of the day, someone who doesn’t want you to find out who they really are may have gone to great lengths to mask their identity. If none of the tools listed above fail, you can always contact your local law enforcement if you suspect that you are the target of a crime.