Have you ever faced a situation where you miss a phone call and later want to know the caller ID details without calling back on the same number? Another instance could be where you wrote some phone number in a hurry while talking to someone and after a few days wondering about the phone number details. In short, there could be many incidences where you look for ways to do phone number search. The method is popularly known as reverse phone lookup.
What is reverse phone lookup?
A reverse phone lookup is a method to perform the search by entering the phone number on the search engine and services like directory and Whitepages. You expect to get the search results revealing the phone number details.
There are several ways to perform phone number lookup on the internet. But today we will see how to carry out reverse phone lookup with the help of Google. There is no need to mention that in general most of us are associated with Google in a way or the other. You watch videos on YouTube, use Gmail as an email client, use Google Chrome as the internet browser, etc.
Knowingly or unknowingly, you allow Google to store tons of information about you. In a way, Google tracks your activity 24×7 and 365 days. So, it will not be a bad idea to take forward our phone number lookup to Google search engine.
Google had phonebook search operator functionality
A few years ago, it was possible to perform reverse phone lookup with the help of Google’s phonebook search operator. In no time, several people started placing the request to Google for non-indexing their details from its phonebook operator.
Due to such massive requests, Google finally shut down its phonebook operator. But wait! Does it mean that you will not be able to track a phone number details? Probably yes, if you know how to use Google to do free reverse phone lookup. Let’s us find out the necessary steps:
- Type the phone number with area code in Google’s search box. For example, if the phone number is 888-8383-0000 then enter 88883830000 (without any symbol in between) and hit enter.
- There is a possibility that you get a lot of results in front of you. Most of these search results belong to several different directories. Unfortunately, none of them will be of any use to you. But if you know, where and what to look for, then even this search result could be enough to provide you with phone number details.
- If the number belongs to any business then probably you will get the business details within first few results. If not then do not navigate to next results page as it will be of no use.
- If the entered phone number is a private number, then you will not get details regarding that person. However, if that number is publicly listed on any of the social networking sites, then you will get that result in the Google search listings.
Do you know that there is a possibility to do the same kind of search in a different way, where you can find out the address and its associated phone number with the name of a person or business?
- If there is a business, then it is no brainer as you have to just type the business name with either zip code or city and state code. You can try different combinations such as name + zip code + city code or name + city code and so forth so on. Immediately, you will get business phone number details, location, etc.
- Searching around a person name could be trickier since you will receive tons of search results on Google. I always recommend searching within double quotes. For example, if you are searching for Mathew Den then search as “Mathew Den”. Here you will only get results related to this name. Here also, you can city name, working profile, company name, etc. to get refined search results.
How to deindex yourself from Google search results?
You may not be cool with people getting your phone number and address details on search engines. Also, many of us like privacy. But you have to understand that Google can only access data which are available freely on a public domain.
For a start, you have to remove all your details from public websites. Most of the time, you can edit your profile, and from there you erase your private information.
Put stricter security settings on Facebook and other social media websites to hide your private details such as mobile number, address, location, etc. You cannot do much with landline numbers since they are published in public directories where you do not have any control.
What is the success rate of reverse phone lookup on Google?
It all depends on any phone number. If you are looking details around a business phone number, then chances are higher that you will get positive results. But if the phone number is a private mobile number then it all depends on whether the respective owner has listed that number on any publicly available website or not?
Even, if you get definite hit on a personal mobile number, then nobody could guarantee the solidity of the information around that number.
Shall I go for paid services offering reverse phone lookup?
There are many websites which offer reverse phone lookup at a dirt-cheap price of a few dollars such as $1.99 to $8.99. I seriously doubt all these sites since even the top agencies of America, like FBI, CIA, etc., do not have a single reliable database of phone numbers with details.
I am not comfortable in providing my credit card details to these cheap and could be fraudulent websites. Big mobile service providers like Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, etc. will not reveal million-dollar information to any 3rd party service just like that. They have to survive the cut-throat competition and poaching their customer would be a bad idea.
Also, there are some serious P.I. (Private Intelligence) Agencies who charge several thousand dollars to collect information based on a person name or business name or phone number. They can do it because they have reliable and secret resource inside cellular service providers.