There are many reasons why you might want to look up a phone number. Maybe you had someone’s number written down somewhere, but now you can’t find it. Perhaps you’ve stumbled across your dream home and want to contact the owner to convince them to sell up. Or you might be a business owner who wants to reach out to prospective customers.
Back in the day, if you wanted to know a person’s phone number, your only option was to look in a phone book like the Yellow Pages. But with many people choosing to opt out of having their information listed, finding their phone numbers could prove impossible. And even if their number was listed, you had to ensure you were looking in the very latest edition to be certain that the information provided was up to date.
But now, thanks to the internet, there are multiple ways to look up a person’s contact details and get accurate results instantly. Plus, if you have an extra piece of information — such as their address — the search results will be more accurate. In this article, we’ll explore how you can find a phone number from an address.
It is possible to find a phone number using just an address. There are various ways to do this, including a basic online search, using people search sites like 192 People Finder or UK Phonebook, or contacting HM Land Registry.
You could also try looking someone up on the electoral register or speaking to an estate agent to see if they have the contact details of the person who owns the property. Alternatively, if it’s only a person’s name you have and not their address, looking them up on social media could also be an option.
Continue reading to find out how to go about finding someone’s phone number.
Five ways to find a phone number from an address
Here are five ways to look up a phone number using only an address:
1. Basic online search
The easiest way to find someone’s phone number is to look them up using a search engine like Google, Microsoft Bing or Yahoo.
All you have to do is type their address into the search bar and see whether any of the results that match the address also contain the phone number you are looking for.
If the person has listed their address on an open platform — such as a business page or an online CV — you may get lucky and find that they’ve listed their phone number with it.
But even if your initial online search doesn’t reveal the phone number you are looking for, you may be able to find it from any extra information you uncover. The more information you enter into the search bar, the easier it will be to narrow down the results, so take note of associated names, email addresses, schools attended and places of work. You could, for example, make contact with the person via an email address and obtain their phone number that way. Or, you can try searching the names of any other people who are associated with the address and try to track down the number through them.
2. People search sites
People search sites can provide a wealth of information on a person with only a minimal amount of information to go on. This means you may be able to find a phone number just by providing an address.
Some services are free to use, while others charge a fee. Some of the most popular people search sites in the UK include:
- 192 People Finder
- UK Phonebook
3. HM Land Registry
It’s possible to find out information about a property or a piece of land in England or Wales even if you do not own it. HM Land Registry holds records about most properties, including who the legal owners are.
Once you know who owns the property, you can try looking them up in search engines, on people search sites or on social media to see whether their contact details are listed.
If the property is owned by a business, you can look up the company website, where you may find the phone number listed on their contact page.
For properties or land in Scotland, you will need to contact Registers of Scotland and if the address you have is in Northern Ireland, you will need to request the information from Land Registry.
4. Electoral register
The electoral register — or electoral roll — contains information about everyone who is registered to vote in UK elections and referendums. This data includes the names, ages, addresses and nationalities of voters. The electoral register is mainly used by election staff and political parties, the police and security services, local councils, government departments and credit reference agencies. However, under supervision, anyone can look at the register at the local council offices or the British Library.
Every UK voter has the option to appear on the open — or edited — register. This register contains the names and addresses of everyone who is entitled to vote in UK elections and referendums. Any person or organisation can buy a copy of the open register. Rather than by name, it is ordered by polling district, street name and house number, so it should be relatively easy to find a person from their address.
The electoral register doesn’t reveal individuals’ phone numbers, but again, you may be able to take a person’s name and track down their number via a Google search.
5. Estate agent
If you are interested in a particular property and want to speak to the owner about it — for example, you are interested in buying it but don’t know whether the current owner wants to sell — you may be able to get their phone number from an estate agent.
Estate agents are generally proactive when it comes to contacting local homeowners to find out whether they wish to sell, so they may have the property’s phone number on record.
Alternatively, you could put a note through the door asking the resident to contact you. If they do, you will be able to obtain the phone number for the property when they make contact.
Are there any other ways to find someone’s phone number?
If you are looking for someone’s contact details but you only have their name to go on, social media could be the answer.
People list all sorts of information about themselves on their social media accounts, especially on work-related sites, such as LinkedIn. With more than 850 million members worldwide, LinkedIn provides an extensive database for you to search and connect with users. Once you’ve found the person you are looking for, the next thing to do is request to connect with them. If they accept, you will be able to access their profile and view any contact details they’ve shared publicly.
Facebook is another social networking platform to check, as when you sign up you are asked to provide your contact information. You are given the option to make this data private, but not everyone does, which means you may get lucky.
So, if you can find a person on social media or you are already connected, click on their profile to see whether their contact information is displayed.
If you want to know a particular phone number but you only have a street address to go on, you may be able to get hold of it in one of the following ways:
- Basic online search — Type the address into Google, Bing or Yahoo and see whether the results that match the address also contain the phone number you are looking for. If not, you may be able to find it from any extra information you uncover. For example, you could try making contact with the person via an email address and obtain their phone number that way. Or, you can search the names of any other people who are associated with the address and try to track down the number through them.
- People search sites — You may be able to find a phone number just by entering an address on a people search site like 192 People Finder, UK Phonebook or Tracedex.
- HM Land Registry — HM Land Registry holds records about most properties, including who the legal owners are. Once you know who owns the property, you can try looking them up online to see whether their contact details are listed. For properties or land in Scotland it’s Registers of Scotland that hold this information, and in Northern Ireland it’s Land Registry.
- Electoral register — The electoral register contains the names, ages, addresses and nationalities of all UK voters. Under supervision, anyone can look at the full electoral register at the local council offices or the British Library. Any person or organisation can buy a copy of the open register to view the names and addresses of UK voters who have opted-in to have their data shared on this register. Once you have this information, you may be able to find the phone number you are looking for via an online search.
- Estate agent — If you want to speak to the owner of a particular property, you may be able to get their phone number from an estate agent. Alternatively, you could put a note through the door asking the resident to contact you.
If you want to find a person’s phone number with just their name and no address, you may be able to find it on a social media networking site like LinkedIn or Facebook.