Trying to find somebody online can be a hassle if you don’t know their full name. Perhaps you only have a first name or last name to go by, a photograph, or contact details like an email address or telephone number. Either way, searching through thousands of Google search results for one person, when you’re not even sure if you’ve got their name right, can be a pain. Thankfully, there are several options out there that you can use to find out more about a person if you have part of their name or don’t even know their name at all.

Some of these can include using a free reverse phone number lookup or a third-party app. Let’s dive right in!

Try Nuwber:

Nuwber is an online people search service that allows you to find out more about a person using just their telephone number. If you have somebody’s telephone number but don’t know their name, all you need to do is search for it on the site and it will bring up the details associated with the owner of that particular number. This can be very handy if somebody keeps calling you and you don’t know who they are, or if you suspect that your spouse is talking to somebody behind your back but only have a phone number to go by. You can also use services like to find other details if required.

Social Media:

Social media can be easier to use if you have somebody’s full name, but there are ways to find someone without knowing all their details. For example, if you have somebody’s email address or telephone number and it is associated with their social media profile, you can type it into the search bar on Facebook or Twitter and it will bring the profile up, and you’ve found who you are looking for. Another option, although a little more tedious, is looking through the friend lists of people who you know are mutual friends with the person you are looking for to try and find them. 


If you know where somebody works but don’t know their full name, LinkedIn might be able to help. Simply search for their employer and if they have a LinkedIn profile and have stated that they work there, you may be able to connect to their profile through their employers’ profile. 

Google What You Do Know:

If you have a lot of information on somebody but simply don’t have their name, you might be able to use the information that you already have in order to find them with a Google search. Put everything that you know about them, such as part of their name, their hometown, employer, associates’ names into Google and see what comes up. Chances are, if they have a combination of these things listed on a social media profile, it may well come up as a result and you will be able to find who you are looking for. 

Try Known Usernames:

Remember that people don’t tend to be very creative when it comes to thinking up usernames, and chances are that if they have one username for Twitter, their Instagram is probably going to be the same or very similar. If you have access to somebody’s social profile or email address but don’t know their name, try searching for that same username, or a username similar to their email address on other social networks to see if you can find any more profiles associated with them. 

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.