How to find accounts and apps linked to phone number
In this guide, we explain how to find apps and accounts linked to your phone number using mainly your smartphone permissions settings, social sign-ins, and password manager.
In a separate article, we explain how to find accounts linked to your email address, which can in turn help you verify if you have provided your telephone number as part of your user profile.
- How to find apps linked to a phone number on your smartphone
- Find all accounts created with social sign-ins (from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn)
- Search your inbox by specific search terms discover even more accounts
- Use a search engine like Google to search for your phone number or email address
- Check your password manager to find more accounts
- Go through all the apps on your phone
Keep reading to learn how to do that in detail.
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Finding out which apps you’ve signed up for using your mobile phone number can be a bit challenging as there isn’t a universal method for tracking such sign-ups. Here are the things you can do.
Review your login details in your phone’s password manager
Both iOS and Android have built-in password managers that will remember your login details, including the password. If you signed up to an app or an account using your telephone number, you will see it in your password manager.
To access passwords on an iPhone:
1. Go to “settings.” and scroll down to “passwords.” Log in using your password or biometric information.
2. Scroll down though the list of accounts to see which ones show your phone number rather than your email.
To access passwords on an Android phone:
1. Go to “settings.” and tap “privacy.”
2. Select “auto-fill service from Google” under “advanced.”
3. Tap “passwords.” You need to be logged into your Google account to see this option.
4. Review passwords and logins saved in your password manager, opening the entries one by one, to check if you used a phone number as part of your credentials.
Review app permissions
Another way to find apps linked to your phone number is by checking your app permissions.
To check app permissions on an iPhone, follow these steps:
1. Go to “settings.” and tap “privacy & security.”
2. Scroll down and select “app privacy report.”
3. You’ll see a section called “data and sensor access.” Tap “show all” to see what kind of data your apps can access.
4. Check all apps that can access “contacts” as these are more likely to be linked to your phone number.
To review app permissions if you have an Android phone:
1. Go to “settings.” and tap “privacy.”
2. Tap “permissions manager.”
3. Review apps with access to your telephone, SMS, and contacts.
Other methods to find apps connected to your phone number
In comparison to the ones above, the remaining ways to find the apps linked to your number are more tedious and time-consuming.
- Check text messages received on your phone: Look through your SMS history for messages from apps. Many apps send a verification code or welcome message to your phone number when you sign up.
- Check your apps one by one: Most apps require account registration, and browsing through your list of installed apps can jog your memory about the platforms you’ve signed up for in the past. Moreover, you can also check the apps you no longer use or see by managing your previously downloaded apps.
Review your email: Search your email accounts for welcome emails and account verification emails from apps. Even if you used your phone number, many apps still require an email address.
Increasingly, some websites offer social media profiles as a sign-in option when signing up for a new account. Follow these simple steps to find out if you have ever registered anywhere with your social media profile.
How to find accounts you created with Facebook
On Facebook, go to the menu and follow these steps:
1. Navigate to “setting and privacy.” and select “settings.” Scroll down to “apps and websites” (under the “your information” section).
2. You will see all apps and websites you’ve connected to using Facebook. Make sure to “view removed apps and websites“ as well.
How to find accounts associated with Twitter
On the Twitter or X platform, access “settings and support” and then select “settings and privacy.”
Go to “security and account access.” Select “apps and sessions.”
2. Tap “connected apps“ to see apps connected with Twitter and remove access. Go back to “security and account access” and select “connected accounts” to see the social accounts you connected to your X or Twitter account.
To find connected applications and websites on Instagram, follow these simple steps:
1. Tap on your profile icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
2. Next, tap on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner to open the menu.
3. Select “settings and privacy” at the top of the menu.
4. Scroll down to “website permissions.”
5. Tap on “apps and websites.” Here, you will find a list of apps and websites authorized to access your Instagram account using social sign-ins.
On LinkedIn, navigate to your account “settings” and go to the “data privacy” section. Select “permitted services“ to see websites or services you have granted access to your LinkedIn data.
Finding accounts linked to your phone could take more effort than logging into a few social media profiles. You’ve likely created hundreds of accounts in online shops, subscription services, and when applying for jobs, so you may only remember some of them. The tips below should help you find the rest.
Search your inbox
Searching your mailbox can help you find forgotten accounts linked to your email. By looking through your inbox, you can locate account verification emails, order confirmations, booking confirmations, feedback, and cancellation emails sent to you in the past. These emails often have distinct subject lines, making them easily identifiable. Some examples below:
- Thank you for your order / purchase!
- Your order is on its way!
- You’re booked; here’s the confirmation.
- Time to pack your bags!
- Let’s get you started!
- Welcome! Your registration details are here.
- Thank you for signing up!
- Welcome to the [COMPANY NAME] newsletter!
- Ready to start? Please confirm here.
- We received your message!
- Thank you for contacting [COMPANY NAME].
- We’re sad to see you go.
- Confirm your cancellation request.
- We will miss you!
- Please verify your email address.
- Please verify your account.
Use a search engine
Using the search bar on Google or other search engines can be an invaluable tool for locating accounts you created in the past. Try entering your username, email address, or any other relevant keyword associated with these accounts.
Check your password manager
A password manager acts as a centralized repository, ensuring all your login information is organized and easily accessible. Whether it’s a social media platform, an online shopping account, or any other website, your password manager can efficiently remind you of accounts linked to your phone number.
Finding clues in your browser
By checking your browser history and browser’s saved accounts, you can easily access all the websites you have visited and the accounts you have created. Additionally, browsers store favorites, bookmarks, and other traces of past activity.
Go through all the apps on your phone
Most apps require account registration, and browsing through your list of installed apps can jog your memory about the platforms you’ve signed up for in the past. Moreover, you can also check the apps you no longer use or see by managing your previously downloaded apps.
Think twice before sharing anything online
Managing the permissions of your online accounts is crucial in maintaining control over your digital presence. Oversharing data can lead to spam and potential fraud. In fact, this is true when it comes to any data related to your identity. Being mindful of what you share online is the best way to safeguard your personal information and ensure it stays in your hands.
How do I find all emails associated with a phone number?
To find all emails associated with a phone number, you can use online search engines, social media platforms, and email lookup tools to gather information from public sources. Additionally, you can reach out to the phone’s service provider and inquire about any associated email accounts.
How do I find my Gmail account by mobile number?
Open the app or visit the Gmail website to find your Gmail account using your mobile number. Next, click on the “need help?” link and select the option “forgot email.” Enter your mobile number and follow the prompts to recover your Gmail account.
Multiple Gmail accounts can be linked to a single phone number. Gmail allows users to associate multiple accounts with the same phone number for various purposes, such as personal and professional use or managing different email addresses efficiently.
To find accounts linked to your phone number, check your social media logins, go through your password manager, and look for logins that are numbers. Review your inbox for account-creation emails, log in to each one to see if your number is there. Lastly, type your number into a search engine.