How to Find Someone on Facebook With Phone Number

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Ivana Social Media / Facebook

4 min read

Facebook has been around for a while now, but the use of the leading social media platform is still as important as the days it got popular.

The reason behind this is that Facebook started offering a marketplace - both for small and large businesses, as well as job offerings.

However, in order to be successful in both these cases, it is necessary to have a good network on Facebook, meaning having more friends in order to reach a bigger audience.

Therefore, since the most important thing is social networking, it is crucial to know all possible ways to find people you may know on Facebook.

Besides for the good old linking accounts with Instagram, or the suggested page, there are a lot of other ways to find friends.

Additionally, if you tried searching for a specific user in more than one way in the past couple of days, but can’t seem to find them, and the only thing you have is their phone number - you’re in the right place.

We created a detailed step-by-step guide to find that specific person on Facebook using their phone number, keep reading to find out how.

How do I find Facebook users based on their phone numbers?

All major social media platforms, such as Instagram, Twitter, or even dating apps such as Tinder, allow users to connect their phone numbers to their accounts as a safety measure.

Luckily, Facebook belongs to the group as well.

To find a user on Facebook with their phone number only, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Facebook app on your phone.
  2. Click on the hamburger menu in the upper-right corner if you’re an Android user, and the lower-right corner if you’re an iOS user.
  3. On the following page - the menu, find the ‘Find Friends’ feature.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, find the ‘Your Friends are Waiting’ section, and click on it.
  5. After clicking on it, your phone contacts will sync to your Facebook profile based on their mobile numbers.
  6. Refresh the page to see the list of your synced contacts in your friend suggestions page.



After finishing the steps, your phone number will be linked to your Facebook account. This will help in case of emergencies - such as someone hacking your Facebook account and you being unable to get it back, or finding all your contacts as Facebook friends.

Bear in mind, however, if you’re looking for a specific user based on their phone number, they might not show up in the list.

This may be due to several different reasons.

  • The user does not have their phone number connected to their Facebook account.
  • They have a different number linked to their account, not the one you have.
  • The user does not have a Facebook account at all.
  • The user has deleted their Facebook account

Other ways to find users with a phone number on Facebook

In case connecting your phone number did not work for you to find someone, there are other methods to find people on Facebook using a phone number.

  1. Searching with the phone number

Some users have reported finding people by typing in their phone number in the ‘Search Bar’ at the top of the screen. Copy the phone number from your contacts list, and paste it in the field. Facebook might show you the user you’re looking for if they have that number connected to their business page, or if they left their phone number in their comment section at some point.

  1. Asking for their Facebook account

We understand this might not be the perfect solution for the problem you’re experiencing, however, since you already have their phone number, try texting them or giving them a call to find out what their Facebook username is, and send them a friend request.

  1. Finding them by looking up their place of work/school

A fair number of Facebook users have information on their profile about the place they work, or where they attended college or high school. Try looking up the name of the company/school, and look through the list of employees/alumni.

In case none of the above-mentioned tips seem to work for you, unfortunately, you might have to make that call or send that text. Luckily, in this era, it’s nearly impossible for a person to not have a trail of their life online, so you will eventually find the person you need to find.