How to Search the White Pages to Find People

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

Learn How to Search the White Pages and Find People

This article explains how you can search the white pages for a phone number or address to find people. It is much easier and faster to search an online telephone directory using a computer or mobile phone than it is to call directory assistance, or 411.

Using the internet to search white pages allows you to find a person, and look up a phone number, address, area codes, ZIP codes, and postal codes free of charge. The typical online search site allows you to search a nationwide online telephone directory by first and last names. In addition, many allow reverse searches, so you can find an address by entering a 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 investigation can involve such things as address verification, employment verification, phone number search, 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. Also, find out how you can get access to search billions of public records.

Why Search the White Pages?

Benefits of using the internet to search the white pages to find people include:

  • 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 powerful people finders. Using a free people search tool to search the white pages should be your first step in searching for a long-lost love, an old friend, or missing family members. It may be possible to locate them at no cost using a free online phone book 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 chances 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. Most of the people search tool services are free, with advanced people search services available for a fee.


If you have the first name and last name, you’ll get the best results by running an online people search using BeenVerified to search for a person. This simple online tool will search through billions of public records in just a few seconds.


ContactOut is a web browser extension that helps you find the email addresses and phone numbers of anyone on LinkedIn. ContactOut finds emails from 75% of Linkedin users (2x better than the next closest competitor) at a 97% accuracy rate.


Intelius is another option for running a People Search and Background Check report. Intelius has an extensive selection of online reports, background checks, criminal records, court records, real estate, and financial reports.


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.


Spokeo is a specialized search engine that does a great job of aggregating and organizing vast quantities of people-related information from a large variety of public sources.

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

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 sites on the Internet.


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

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 just a few seconds it provides 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.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


  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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