Whitepages is a tool to Find people, contact info, & background checks with name and phone number.
Whitepages is the authority in people search, established in 1997. With comprehensive contact information, including cell phone numbers, for over 275 million people nationwide, and SmartCheck, the fast, comprehensive background check compiled from criminal and other records from all 50 states.
Whitepages provides answers to over 2 million searches every day and powers the top ranked domains: Whitepages, 411, and Switchboard. In addition, top companies like Jet Blue, Intuit and Lego use Whitepages Pro to help prevent fraudulent transactions while delivering great online experiences.
How to Remove your free info from Whitepages
1. Navigate to the Whitepages website.
2. In the text boxes provided, enter your name and address. Click the magnifying glass to search.
Search for yourself on Whitepages. William Antonelli/Business Insider
3. In the list of names provided, find your entry and click the box that reads, “View Details.” It can be difficult to locate, as there are usually at least a couple other entries with the same name as you. To make matters worse, it’s not uncommon to find that Whitepages has your name misspelled in its records – as was the case with me. You can usually locate your specific profile by looking for your age and the names of your relatives, which are among the first items displayed.
Whitepages may occasionally misspell your name. William Antonelli/Business Insider
4. Once opened, your page will display a long list of all the info that Whitepages has on file about you. It’ll also include a lot of sky blue-colored links to further results – that’s all your premium info, locked behind a paywall.
5. Copy your profile’s URL by highlighting it and pressing Control + C on a PC, or Command + C on a Mac.
6. Head to the opt out page, which you can find here.
7. In the box provided, paste in your copied URL and click the “Opt-out” button.
Enter your profile URL. William Antonelli/Business Insider
8. Whitepages will bring up a box with your name and some info, and ask you to make sure that it’s the right person. If it is, click “Remove me.” If not, click “This is the wrong person. Take me back,” and make sure that the URL is correct.
9. Before continuing, you have to select a reason why you want your info to be removed. It doesn’t matter what reason you select, or whether or not you leave a comment. Once you’ve picked your reason, click “Submit.”
Pick a reason for removing your info. William Antonelli/Business Insider
10. To finish removing your info, you have to verify your identity by entering a security code that Whitepages will provide through a phone call. In the text box provided, enter a phone number you can be immediately reached at, check the box affirming that you’re removing only your own info, and click “Call now to verify.”
11. You’ll be taken to a new page, which will display a four-digit code in large lettering.
The code you receive will be randomized. William Antonelli/Business Insider
12. Within a few moments, you’ll receive a call from a phone number based out of Nicasio, CA. Note that it won’t ring as long as most phone calls before disconnecting – only about ten seconds – so answer quickly. And also be aware that since it’s technically an automated call, some phone providers’ anti-robocall features may try to block or silence it. When I did this on T-Mobile, the Caller ID read “Scam Likely.”