6 Most Popular Reverse Phone Lookup Sites

6 Most Popular Reverse Phone Lookup SitesReverse phone lookup websites allow you to enter a  number and find out who owns it.

This is the opposite of regular lookup, where you know a person’s name and want to find out their number.

There are several reasons you might want to use such site.

For example, you might have had a call from someone you don’t know and want to find out who it was before calling back.

Alternatively, you might want to find out whether that cell belongs to a scam company. There is a variety of sites offering such services, and here are 6 of the most popular:

Those 6 Popular Sites You Will Love

1. WhitePages.com

WhitePages.com is the go to site for many people when it comes to phone numbers. They are an extensive online US directory. They claim to have listings for more than 200 million adults across the USA.

Their site includes a reverse lookup service alongside reverse address lookup, as well as the option to perform a regular search by name.

2. ReversePhoneLookup.com

ReversePhoneLookup.com specialises in helping you find out who owns a telephone number. As a result, it offers no added services such as reverse address searches or regular lookup. However, it does have extensive listings and plenty of information when it comes to reverse lookup.

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You can find out the name of a number’s owner, their location, and the phone carrier. On top of that, it will also look for complaints associated with that phone, to help you decide whether it is trustworthy.

3. Addresses.com

As the name implies, this directory mostly specialises in address searches. However, it also allows for reverse search. It has an extensive directory, including both residential and business listings with names, addresses and phone numbers.

In spite of it not being their main focus, this still makes them an excellent destination for searching for numbers. There is also the option to find out information associated with a zip code.

4. Pipl.com

Piple.com works in a very different way from other sites. Other sites have a directory which they search for a cell number. Pipl.com, on the other hand, does not have its own directory.

Instead, it scrapes search engine results to see if it can find any information about a number. This approach may sound hit-and-miss, but it often finds useful info.

5. Phonebooks.com

Phonebooks.com combines listings from a variety of different phone books, both residential and business. This includes a comprehensive option for landline numbers.

Some cellphone numbers are also included. Altogether, this makes it a useful destination which offers extensive, varied listings.

6. MrNumber.com

Mr. Number is a site which specialises in identifying cells associated with scams and spam calls.

People can register complaints against numbers they know to be associated with nuisance callers. You can then search any unknown ones on the site to find information and discover whether any complaints have been registered.

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  • Paul

    I really hate it when someone calls and hangs up, or even when someone calls and doesn’t leave any information. Also sometimes I see a phone number in the classified ads and aren’t sure where they live in case its too far to go. With the reverse phone look up I can find out what I need to know. Even if the number isn’t listed in the phone book their are ways to get the information you need. Its a really great concept and I use it often.

    • Bart

      True. Especially when the trend is less and less to leave voice mails. I just wish I knew who called, and why. I get a lot of calls from people at work from different numbers, and the last thing I want to hear at the end of the day is “Wow, I called you 5 times…” Yes, but how would I have known it was a number I cared about?

  • Quinton

    I am always getting strange text messages or even calls to my home phone from unknown cell phone numbers. When I am really curious I love the fact that I can look them up on the reverse phone system. Sometimes I find that they are unwanted contacts and know to block them. Sometimes I find that they are actual friends or people I need to know their numbers. It’s a really great concept and I am always in need of its use.

  • Rose

    Absolutely white pages is the to go site. I always use them for everything it seems. I love the fact that you can do reverse phone look up. But whats also amazing is that you can look up an address. Do you ever get mail and don’t know who its from. Someone forgot to put their name on it but the address is there. I had to use this a few time and its great.

  • Stanley

    I don’t understand why people call you sometimes. Especially when they have no intentions of talking. I love the fact that you can bring up a webpage and search for that annoying person that has been bugging you and find out who it is. then when they call again you can answer with Hello whatever their name is. Just makes me mad sometimes.

  • Terry

    I love the fact that you can search most numbers for free, but really don’t like that on some cell numbers or home numbers you have to pay for it. But I suppose it has to do with privacy issues and I suppose I wouldn’t want every Jane or dick looking me up for nothing. Not sure if its true for all but most numbers also have home addresses attached to them. So even though I don’t like it I understand it.

  • Janet from CA

    The person who previously owned my newest cell phone number must’ve skipped out on some bills because she had a bunch of bill collectors calling. Whenever I’d answer the phone they would think I was that woman and they’d harass the heck out of me.

    I used a reverse phone lookup service and got the address of the collection agency. I reported them to the state attorney general because I told them I wasn’t the person they were looking for and they still kept calling. Sometimes they’d call 10 times in a row. It was crazy!

    To make a long story short, the calls suddenly stopped, so I’m glad I had the reverse phone lookup service on my side.

  • Jennifer

    How’s this for ironic… as I’m reading this article my cell phone rings. It’s a number I don’t recognize so I just did a quick search on ReversePhoneLookup.com. It was a residential number so I called the person back.

    It was an elderly lady who was looking for her cousin because a family member had just died. Obviously she had the wrong number, but I’m glad I had this info literally sitting in front of me. I probably just helped some family members re-connect through the process of elimination. Hurray for this article!

  • Addison Jones

    I understand the importance of these types of sites, but I’m not sure that I like having my information floating all around the internet. I’m just a private person by nature. That’s why when I got my last phone, I used a totally random name. This way when I call people my real name doesn’t show up on their caller ID.

    Maybe I’m just being too paranoid, but my best friend had his identity stolen several years ago and his life has been turned upside down ever since. Since then I just prefer staying as under the radar as I possibly can. Just some food for thought.

  • Ethan

    For those of you who use White Pages, they have an app for iOS devices that’s absolutely awesome. There’s a built in spam number database that’ll let you know when a telemarketer or collection agency is calling. If you go with the premium service you can also do an unlimited number of reverse phone lookups every month. If you do 2 or more of these searches a month, it’s worth the cost.

    You can get more info here (http://blog.whitepages.com/2013/03/27/reverse-phone-lookup-2-0-for-ios-has-arrived/). I’m a freelance graphic artist and I’ve been using it for the past couple of months. It’s good for weeding out calls I don’t want to take.

    • Norman

      I think Google offers a pretty comparable and free service, for those of us who use Google Voice :) I don’t really get a lot of collection calls, and the company that does call looking for whoever used to have my number keeps changing their call back number, but I know that Google allows you to set different criteria for forwarding calls from different numbers.

  • AlexJ.

    Mr. Number just seriously made my weekend. The app can block all unknown and private calls. They have a suspected spammers feature and you can automatically block those calls too. I just have these blocked numbers go directly to voicemail, but you can also set it up to pick up and hangup. I didn’t care for that option because then it just encourages people to keep calling back.

    Unlike some of the other services here, they have a free reverse number lookup for the first 20 numbers each month. After that it’s $.99 per 20 numbers. This is the cheapest I’ve seen so far.

    I’ve had an ex-girlfriend on call overload lately, but my phone wouldn’t allow me to block her calls. Downloaded the Mr. Number app and it’s done. Josh, if I could buy you a beer, I would!

  • misha vladstoff

    I’m sad these sites are so American centric. I’m a teacher and I always get prank calls, but there’s no service like this in my country! I hate that I can never catch them!

    However I am sure that for American people your list is very useful, especially people like me, bothered by prank calls and immature people. A lookup will always be useful if you need to find out someone’s identity, or at least make them stop calling!

  • andrei

    Yknow, what I’m most curious about is how do these sites and apps get all of their info? Phonebooks, internet database search – how?? They must do a hell lot of data gathering! Are you susceptible to be in their databases if you put your phone number anywhere on the internet?

  • christina

    Adresses.com is very creepy, it’s like prime stalker material! Wow, anyone can find out your address? isn’t anyone concerned about the privacy issues this poses?

    However, reverse phone lookup sites can be very useful. My best friend had her creepy ex call her with a number she didn’t know was his at odd numbers of the night, so she looked it up and found out it was him and finally managed to block him! So, they have their uses!

  • jacques

    i think these types of sites are very danjerous. you can find out everything about everyone just with a cellfone…i don’t think this should be so! it can be misused by everyone, to do many bad things. as andrei said in earlier comment, how do they get all information?

    but maybe my opinion will change when i will need them. but now, i don’t agree with them.

    • Manuel

      The good and the bad are kind of balanced, in my opinion. Yes, we can find out information about good people for bad reasons, but we can also find out information about bad people for good reasons, like avoiding scams and stuff like that.

  • lee

    Wow, love this list! I love these sites! If people want to do something, or prank call, or anything, then they should prepare for the consequences! I don’t agree with that much anonymity…my parents had yellow pages, and now my generation has this! Very useful!

  • Jacob

    This is so cool. I had no idea you could even do a reverse phone lookup.

  • Romin Alavi

    THIS IS AWESOME!!! I really like that you have consolidated the info into one place. The problem is not that there isn’t a decent service for just about anything one wants on the internet, the problem is that there is so much that its impossible to find one that works well. I am bookmarking this site. The one I have found the most useful, but also a little scary is the addressess.com and pipl.com. Pipl is sort of like the kayak.com of directories, right?

  • Marie

    Thanks for sharing. I usually use these sites when I get a call from someone I don’t know, maybe a telemarketer and I want to discover who this person or people are. I figure the White Pages are always the better route, but I’ve known that many of these other sites help at times as well.

  • John P.

    Mr. Number has been a site I frequent if I get a weird e-mail with a number or some weird number calls me. I’ve found out about many scams from it and am very happy I have it bookmarked now. It’s crazy how many scammers are out there and a site like that comes in real handy. I’ll check out the other sites to just to see if they’re as good. :)

  • JakeYNS

    Great list. I use The White pages for general phones numbers. I haven’t really checked out much of the others you posted. I always search a phone number on google after I get a call from a telemarketer or some guy trying to get money for some charity. I’ve seen a few of these sites pop up in search.

    • Ryan

      That’s really low of people to try and use charities as a front for a scam. What’s worse is that I’ve known several, mostly older and not so wealthy, people to fall for such scams over the years. Hopefully sites like this will prompt people to do their research rather than believing some random person on the other end of a phone call.

  • OzOz

    Pipl.com is by far my favorite on this list. The thing about it is that I’ve been able to find old school friends and all that. It can be a tool for creeps though, as you can find people with it fairly easily. I was able to find an old friend from middle school, I searched his name and his last known location and he showed up. It showed his facebook, twitter, and even dating profiles. It’s that streamlined.

  • Keana

    I have used some of these in my days, it’s weird to think that people still use phonebooks when a phone number is seconds away on the internet. It’s nice seeing how far we’ve come since the days of phonebooks. I like White Pages a lot, mainly because it’s one of the most respected around. I haven’t used any of the others besides Pipl once, which wasn’t bad.

  • Hannah

    I’ve heard of Mr. Number and of course the White pages before, but the other ones are new to me. I’ll definitely be checking them out!

  • http://www.janetbarclay.com/ Janet Barclay

    http://whocallsme.com/ is another good site. You can enter the number and see comments from others who have received calls from that number. Very useful as many numbers used by scammers aren’t listed in any directory.