How to Search the White Pages to Find People

Search the White Pages
Learn how to search the white pages to find people online.

Search the White Pages

Search the white pages for a phone number is one of the most common activities performed on the internet today.  It is easier and faster to search an online telephone directory using a computer or mobile phone than calling directory assistance, or 411.

Using the internet to search white pages allows you to find people, business listings, phone numbers, addresses, area codes, ZIP codes and postal codes free of charge. The typical online search site allows a nationwide online telephone directory to be searched by first and last names and reverse searches can be conducted by phone number.

Quite often, white page lookup websites also provide a variety of reverse address and reverse phone number lookup tools, international calling codes, and area code maps. These helpful search tools provide a free, simple, fast and reliable way to identify personal and business contact information.

Private investigators can use online white page search directories to verify addresses as a part of a background check. While a true background check is much more involved, a basic background check can involve such things as address verification, employment verification, phone number check, and an address check.

The point of such a basic background check is to simply verify that someone is who they claim to be. If an individual is being considered for employment, a more thorough and extensive background check is warranted. For more information on background investigations, visit our Background Check section.

Benefits of using the internet to search the white pages:

  • White page search sites are easy to access on any computer, tablet or mobile device with an internet connection
  • Using the internet to look up multiple phone numbers is faster than calling directory assistance or looking up numbers in the phone book
  • Telephone directory search listings are often an accurate source of information and a good resource for finding people
  • Most of the online search tools for searching white page directories are available for free

With their many search features and lookup tools, these telephone listing search sites become a powerful people finder. Using a free people search tool to search the whitepages should be your first step in searching for a long lost love, an old friend, or missing family member. It may be possible to locate them at no cost using a free online phone book search.

How to Run a Search

To find people using these search sites, do the following:

  • Visit several of the white page lookup sites listed below (Using multiple websites may improve your changes of finding the phone number, address, or person you are seeking)
  • Enter the subject’s first name
  • Enter the subject’s last name
  • Enter a city
  • Enter a state
  • Note: multiple searches may be necessary if you are unsure of the correct state.  Leave this field blank if you wish to search all states
  • Hit enter or click submit
  • Search the white pages results, looking for possible matches

List of Search Tools

Following is a list of search tools and directories that allow you to search the white pages including: white pages, yellow pages, toll-free directories, business and residential listings, and more:
If you have the first name and last name, you’ll get the best results by running an online People Search using BeenVerified. This simple online tool will search through billions of public records in just a few seconds.

Intelius People Search, the leading provider of People Search and Background Check reports. Intelius has an extensive selection of people search reports, background checks, criminal records, court records, real estate and financial reports.

Spokeo People Search – Spokeo is a people search engine that specializes in aggregating and organizing vast quantities of people-related information from a large variety of public sources. Visit this page to read our full review of the online tool.

Other Search Tools

The following search tools may be useful in searching for people and in conducting investigations for addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Most of the people search tool services are free, with advanced people search services available for a fee.

One of the leading providers of online directory assistance is  The company strives to be the single best source for finding information to contact people and businesses and become the “ultimate white pages”.  The Network is comprised of,, and

The company also provides private label solutions and powers the telephone listings sections of more than 1,300 Internet partners, including and two of the country’s major telephone service companies. With over 7.2 million monthly unique users, the Network is one of the most trafficked independent site on the Internet.


Pipl – Pipl’s query-engine helps you find deep web pages that cannot be found on regular search engines. Unlike a typical search-engine, Pipl is designed to retrieve information from searchable databases and extract facts, contact details and other relevant information from personal profiles, member directories, scientific publications, court records and numerous other deep-web sources.


ZabaSearch – ZabaSearch is a public record search engine that helps you search the white pages and other publicly available information.

Verizon White Pages

Verizon White Pages – Verizon people search, Verizon reverse white pages search, and Verizon area code and zip code search are now part of

Discontinued Services

  • AT&T White Pages – AT&T Directory Assistance – Use the AT&T online directory to find phone numbers, addresses, maps and directions for businesses and people in the United States.
  • PeopleSearchNow makes people finding easy! The initial free people search service locates individuals instantly using billions of public records and our comprehensive database. Just enter a person’s name and in seconds we provide a comprehensive list of potential matches. Go to

If you have any questions about how to search the white pages to find phone numbers, addresses and people, please post a comment below.


  1. Need somebody living in USA to do a Whitepages Premium search on someone living in the USA as the information is not available otherwise. I am prepared to pay for this service

    • Just visit any one of the sites and enter the number. If you’re not having any luck, it is possible that the phone number is unlisted. Unlisted numbers are difficult, if not impossible, to obtain by searching online.

      • Hello My name is Judy. I have a group on Facebook. Called
        “WHERE ARE YOU” I do searches to find friends and family members that you have lost touch with. All you have to do is come and join my group and have the person’s name, age and last known location. I have had the group since 2013 I started to find my high school sweetheart from 45 years ago. I did find him too. I also have a 95% success rate and lots of reviews in the group comment section. The reason I think I am so successful Is I am disabled and cannot work so I have lots of time to do the searches. For the last 31/2 years I have never ask for anything in return for my services. But this year I am asking for donations if I find the person your looking for. I had an apt fire and lost everything and then my car broke down and I am unable now to get back and forth to the doctor. I have two elderly sisters who cannot help me so I am on my own. I have a Go Fund Me and you do not have to donate until I find who it is you are trying to locate. When I do find them at that time I would ask you to donate what every you can. If you agree then come and join my group and post who it is you would like for me to find. I need their name, age and last known location. I only do searches in the United States. I hope you will consider joining and giving me a try. Here is the link to my group on facebook and I sure do hope to see you there. Thanks


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