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How To Find your Phone Number in Android and iOS(iPhone)

Posted by Jamie on March 1, 2019

Have you ever been asked for your number and couldn’t remember it? Need to add your contact details to a form and couldn’t remember your phone number? Have you added yourself as a contact in your phone so you can find out your own phone number? I have done all those things and I know I’m not alone. That’s why I put this guide on how to find your phone number in Android and iOS.

There’s nothing more embarrassing than being asked for your phone number by someone only to not remember it. As I use my phone for business, this is most often by professional people which shows me up a little. I work around this by carrying business cards but those don’t help me in all situations. My stock answer is ‘I never have to call myself’ but it doesn’t always wash.

Android doesn’t make it easy to find out your own phone number but it is more straightforward in iOS. In fact, I would say Android makes it way more difficult than it should be for such a simple thing. There is a way to find your phone number in Android and iOS. I’ll cover iOS first as it’s much more straightforward.

How to find your phone number in iOS

iOS is a very competent phone OS that does great things with usability and features. Making allowances for people like me who can never remember their phone number is one of them and it does a much better job than Android.

  1. Open your iPhone and open the phone app.
  2. Select Contacts and you should be the first number in the list.

How to find your phone number in Android

Android does a lot of things right but placing your own phone number front and center or at least making it easy to find is not one of them. In theory, your phone number should be listed under Me in Contacts. If you use certain phones, that won’t be the case.

If you’re using vanilla Android without a manufacturer overlay, try this:

  1. Open your phone and select Contacts.
  2. Select Me from the top of the list to see your number.

If you don’t see Me in your contacts, you may need to dig a little deeper.

Try:

  1. Settings and About Phone or About Device.
  2. Select Status or Phone Number or Identity.

Or:

  1. Settings and About Phone or About Device.
  2. Select Status and SIM Status and then My Phone Number.

Or you could try using the USSD code.

  1. Open the dialer on your phone and type #99#.
  2. Hit Call.

You should see a popup saying something about accessing USSD code and then your number appear. This is apparently carrier dependent and won’t work for everyone.

Using the USSD code is useful if you’re out and about and can genuinely not remember your number. It interrogates your SIM and should generate your phone number in a second or two.

Your last option to find your phone number in Android is to phone a friend. As long as they won’t laugh at you too much, you can phone them and then record your number somewhere or add it as per the instructions below.

Add your phone number in Samsung Galaxy phones

As I’m a Samsung Galaxy user, it isn’t so easy thanks to the Samsung TouchWiz UI. You should still be able to see it using Settings and About Phone but my number was listed as Unknown. It seems the phone wasn’t picking up the number from the SIM as it was a replacement SIM card and not the original I got with the contract.

There is a way around that if your phone also says Unknown. It won’t fix the problem, more work around it. I just had to add my phone number to the phone manually and then it began appearing in Contacts.

  1. Open Contacts and select Me.
  2. Select Edit at the top and scroll past the camera to the data section.
  3. Manually add your number in the Number section.
  4. Add any other supplemental data as you see fit.
  5. Select Save at the top.
  6. Go back to Contacts and your number should be clearly visible under Me.

Finding your phone number in Android is more trouble than it should be. Sure, we should all make the effort to remember our own phone number but making it easy to find shouldn’t be that hard. Still, you now have several ways to find your phone number in Android and one in iOS should you need to.

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