How to Find Somebody's Cell Number Online by Name

by Herman Cruz

Losing someone's cell phone number can be a pain, especially if it's someone you really care for. Thanks to the Internet, you can perform an online cell phone look-up if you have the person's full name. Online phone directories help you find out the cell phone number associated with the name of the person you are looking for. However, since a cell phone number is registered with a cell phone company, the records aren't public; therefore, sometimes online phone directories require a fee.

Verify that you have the correct spelling for the name of the person you are looking for. Having the person's full name is helpful because it narrows the number of results you get from the online phone directory. Imagine how many Joe Johnsons can be found in one American state. Now imagine how many Joe Johnsons can be found nationwide. That's why if you know the person's full name is Joseph Johnson it will be easier for you to find him on the search results because the list will be more specific.

Use any other information you have about the person you are looking for. For instance, current address, age or birthday come in handy to get a more specific list of options.

Visit phone directory websites like,, and to perform your search (see Resources). These websites offer free, detailed information such as phone number, name, age, current address and potential relatives. You may also get a more in-depth background check if you pay a fee; however, if all you need is the cell phone number, the free service is usually sufficient.

Type the name of the person you are looking for on the online phone directory. When visiting the website, you will find a text box that asks for the first and last names, and in some cases even the middle initial. Type the name of the person you are looking for and click on the "Search," "Find" or "Search Now" tab. Wait for the results to be displayed and look on the list for the person you want to reach.

Items you will need

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Fee (if applicable)


  • Not all cell phone numbers are listed for no charge. You may have to pay a fee to access the information you are looking for.
  • Google the name of the person you are looking for. Today, it is possible to find people simply by searching for their names online.
  • Use social media websites like Facebook, Hi5 or Myspace to find the person you are looking for. Often, people display their cell phone numbers on their profiles.

About the Author

Based in Orange County, Calif., Herman Cruz has been writing since 2007. His articles have been published in various content platforms and he also has written for Internet entrepreneurs who need assistance with writing sales letters and articles for their businesses. Cruz is pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in integrated composition, improvisation and technology at the University of California in Irvine.

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