While Spokeo can be very simple to use, sometimes it helps to have some pointers on just what you can look up with it, and how to quickly access that information. So with no further delay, here’s how to perform reverse phone lookups in Spokeo.
Step 1: Just Enter a Cell or Phone Number to Look Up
When you see the search area at the top of the Spokeo website, just enter a phone number and click Search. You can look up a random phone number that keeps calling you, a mysterious number appearing on your phone bill, or the old number of a long lost relative.
Step 2: Find the Number’s Owner
Once you search the phone number, the first name of its owner will show at the top of the list of search results. You’ll see the first names of that person’s relatives, the city they live in, and you can click to view their full profile.
Step 3: Lookup the Full Profile
After completing the payment page, you can view the full profile and find contact information like:
- Phone numbers: Additional or past phone numbers, including cell phones and landlines
- Location History: Current and past addresses
- Email Addresses: Find email addresses, including old .edu addresses to learn more about the person. Hint: you can find a lot more information by clicking to search these email addresses to find various online profiles they’ve signed up for using these email addresses
- Court Records: Depending on the state they live in, and how that state handles the publishing of public records, you may find arrest records, criminal records (records from the court noting convictions for crimes like assault, battery, fraud, child exploitation, etc), and more
- Relatives: Find out who the person is related to, and more information about those people in Spokeo
- Hint: You can use any of this information to do a deeper search. If you find their Facebook account, you can see their friends and relatives there. You can bring these names back into Spokeo to find out more information on those people, which can be especially helpful for those researching perpetrators of crime like unpaid child support, drug connections, etc.
- And more
Step 4: Search by Email, Name, or Username
Once you’ve conducted a reverse phone lookup, you can go further by performing a stronger online search—the reverse email lookup. Because social media networks and online accounts require an email address to sign-up but they don’t always require a phone number, they often are more accessible by searching an email address. So you can search someone’s phone number and find the usual information that accompanies their number (like name and address on government forms), but you might not find deep additional information like social media accounts without additionally searching their email address.
Most people use the same or a similar username across numerous platforms as well, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for by manually entering that username, try using it with various suffixes, like “email@example.com” and “firstname.lastname@example.org” and “username1” “username12” to see if that helps you find more results. Bear in mind that people are having to get more creative with usernames and social profile creation as the internet becomes a more crowded place.