How to Get Unlisted Phone Numbers

Today's information highway makes it possible to connect with old friends, but for those with unlisted phone numbers it may take a little time, effort, and a bit of sleuthing.


  • Step 1: Call directory assistance Call your local directory assistance to determine for certain whether your friend's phone number is unlisted.
  • Step 2: Gather personal information Gather as much personal information about your friend as possible, including names they go by, age, and address.
  • Step 3: Go online Go online to a free people search site with a database of phone numbers within the United States and Canada; then key in your friend's personal information.
  • TIP: An unlisted number is not the same as an unpublished number and it may be included in information databases.
  • Step 4: Consider using an online paid search service Consider using a reputable online paid search service to get unlisted phone numbers, but be aware of what they charge, and make sure only legal methods are used.
  • TIP: Successfully getting unlisted numbers often depends on whether a person owns real estate and has a mailing address.
  • Step 5: Contact relatives Contact your friend's relatives or mutual friends who may have access to the unlisted numbers you want.
  • Step 6: Employ a detective agency Employ a detective agency to take your case and get the unlisted phone numbers your seek. If you find your inner Sherlock Holmes and add persistence and a bit of help, your chances of a reunion are good.
  • FACT: When the telephone was invented in 1876, it was considered a radical form of communication.

You Will Need

  • Your friend's personal information
  • Internet access
  • Mutual friends
  • Paid search service
  • Detective agency

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