Find Out Who Called Your iPhone With This Quick Search Trick

Dec 13, 2012 - 12 Comments

Phone icon We all have received phone calls from numbers we don’t recognize, and even when they show up on the iPhone caller ID and provide an area code or region they’re coming from that call can still be a mystery. Like many others, I’ve gotten in the habit of just ignoring phone calls from numbers I don’t recognize, letting Voice Mail sort out if the caller is actually something important or just a telemarketer. But what if they don’t leave a message?

Use this little trick to quickly find out who called you, or at least who the number belonged to, and perhaps find some other additional details about the number as well:

  1. After the call has been missed, open Phone and tap on “Recents”
  2. Tap the phone number you missed to bring up more info on that call, then tap and hold on the phone number itself and select “Copy”
  3. Hit the Home button and launch Safari (or your mobile browser of choice) and tap and hold in the search bar, selecting “Paste” to enter the number previously copied
  4. Search as usual, 99% of the time the first few search results will be about the caller and identify them immediately

In the screenshot below you can see an example of how this works, with the second result revealing the caller to be Comcast. Yes, the search result has been swapped out with Comcast because the original caller probably wants some privacy, but you get the idea.

Find out who called you on an iPhone quickly

This obviously won’t work for calls that come through as “Blocked” due to the *67 prefix, and it obviously won’t work on “Unknown Number” calls either, but for anything else, it’s pretty handy.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Pete says:

    Sadly, the scammers and marketers now have easy caller ID “spoofing” technology. They use a number that’s nearby to your number so you might think it’s a legit caller. If you block that caller it really has no impact, since it’s very unlikely that the scam caller will use that number on the next attempt.

  2. G. Rice says:

    Love this site. I’ve only used a Mac since 1984 & I still get clever tips and problem solvers. You’ve helped my whole family of Mac users. Thank you

  3. Erik P says:

    Best part, you only blocked part of the number on 2 of the 3 screenshots

  4. B Harvey says:

    App called White Pages has reverse numbers. Also Number Guru.

    • UnReal says:

      White Pages app or Reverse phone lookup website is more of a tip than what the article is saying.. which is copying a number and pasting it to google is NOT a tip. This guy Paul sounds like he’s a 85 year old just entering the realm of technology.

  5. kapps says:

    There is a neat method if you are in front of your computer with an app that I use called phone amego. I have my iphone paired with the mac. As soon as a call comes in, phone amego searches firstly within contacts and then if it doesn’t find it, it does an online search (which you can specify) and comes 90% of the time, it comes up with a name. Works great. Am not affiliated with them.

    It also does a search on outbound calls and displays it much like a growl notification, all transparent.

  6. Michael Fox says:

    This has to be the most pathetic “tip” ever published.

  7. CC says:

    suggesting people google something is not a pro-tip worthy of an article on a website like OSX Daily. really.

    • Paul says:

      Fair enough, if you know of another way to get quick phone call info like this let us know!

      • peter says:


        LOL JK, I don’t think there are any other ways. Would be nice if Apple provided a way to search just by tapping the number, though it would probably use Siri which also uses Google, so you are searching the web regardless to find this type of public data.

      • ryan says:

        I just copy the number open the white pages app and use the reverse number lookup it will even show the numbers address that will take you to the maps on your phone and you can see what the building or house looks like

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