How to Use Google to Find Phone Numbers

Use Google as a phone number search tool

Illustration showing a person typing in a phone number to Google search on a smartphone

Lifewire / Tim Liedtke

One way to find someone with Google is to search for their phone number. A phone number search on Google will show you whatever number is associated with that person or business.

Google is an incredibly useful resource for tracking down all sorts of different phone numbers: personal, business, non-profits, universities, and government organizations.

However, to find a phone number with Google, you need to know something else about the person or business. Maybe it's their name or address, or maybe all you have is an email address but you want a phone number.

Below are some of the more obvious ways you can use Google to find phone numbers, plus a few advanced (and maybe a bit obscure) ways that listings can be located.

If you already know the phone number, you can use Google to do a reverse number lookup to find information about the caller, like their name, address, etc.

While Google certainly indexes an amazing array of information, it doesn't mean that a phone number is always one of those items. Some phones are completely private, not released in a public space, or unlisted. However, if the number can be found online, the search methods outlined below will track it down successfully, and they certainly beat using a phonebook!

How to Find Personal Phone Numbers on Google

Although Google no longer has an official phonebook search feature, you can still use the search engine to locate phone numbers, albeit with a little more legwork.

Screenshot of a person's name

The simplest search for a phone number is to do a broad search for the person's name. This will garner lots of results, but some might be helpful in finding the phone number.

Put the name in quotes if you use more than just the first or last name (which you should, else you'll get way too many results to look through).

Screenshot of full name plus zipcode in Google Search field

Another way to search for a phone number on Google is to enter a ZIP code with the person's name, such as "Jason Smith" 12345. For obvious reasons, you want to make sure the ZIP code is accurate for their current residence.

For most searches like this, Google will return a list of URLs that you can open for more information.

Skip down to the bottom of this page for some tips on performing a Google number search.

How to Find Business Phone Numbers on Google

You can also use Google to track down business telephone numbers. You'll likely have more luck finding a business number on Google than a personal one since unlike individuals, companies want you to call them.

Screenshot of a search for pizza restaurant in a zip code

Perhaps the easiest method for finding phone numbers for businesses is to enter the business name into the search bar followed by the ZIP code. If you don't know the business name or ZIP code, go ahead and drop both, but at least enter the type of business it is, such as "pizza restaurant."

Google will return local listings that include maps, reviews, and contact information (often phone numbers, addresses, and URLs).

Screenshot showing a city and business type

Another way to perform a business phone number lookup on Google is to enter the business type and city, like "Seattle doctors." Much like the above example, you'll see a list of results pertaining to doctors in the Seattle area.

Business phone numbers are almost always listed on Google Maps. If a regular Google search isn't working for the phone number search, jump over to Google Maps and enter the business name there.

Tips for Finding Numbers With Google

Use these number search tips to narrow down the results:

Site Search

"Jason Smith" site:k-state.edu

Do a site search to look for phone numbers on a particular website. This is usually only helpful for websites that list contact information for teachers, politicians, etc. However, it might also work for sites like Facebook.

"Sally Small" site:*.edu

Similar to a site search is a domain search. Like you see above in this example, the search will include not only the EDU site from the normal site search but also every other website that ends with the ".edu" TLD.

Email Search

"Brittany Smith" bsmith@example.com phone

You can also find a phone number on Google using someone's email address. So long as the public page that lists the phone number also has the email address visible, one piece of the information will help you find the other.

To narrow down a phone number search like this one, be sure to include the person's name and the word phone or number.

Username or Nickname Search

fisjay91

A username can be used to find people online, too. If you're lucky, the username search might show a profile with more information on the person, like their phone number.

To do this, just type the person's username into Google. Some usernames are unique enough that that's all you have to enter, but you might end up having to include other search terms (like their name, birth year, etc.) to help narrow down the results.

Personal Results

Fred Smith number

Google also provides an easy way to search through your own contacts right there on the Google search page. Maybe you already have the phone number for this person or business without realizing it.

To get these results, try typing the name of the contact and follow it with the word number. You'll see results from Google Contacts if the recipient's phone number is in your address book.

Feel free to combine any of these Google search commands for better results. For example, maybe you want to search Google for a phone number using a domain search along with the person's email address.

Other Ways to Find a Phone Number Online

Aside from Google Maps, Google itself doesn't really host phone numbers. The search engine is just useful for finding other sites that have phone number listings.

There are plenty of other people search engines you can use to find phone numbers online, many of which you'll find with a Google search like described above. They typically include not only a person's telephone number but also a home address and sometimes even online usernames.