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How To Call Back A Private Number

Ellie Lasater-Guttmann
By Ellie Lasater-Guttmann
Edited by Mark Lindquist

Most people have received a call from a private number, but you may not know there are ways to find out who is on the other end of the privat number. This is called unmasking, read on to find out how.

What is a Private Number?

People generally use private numbers to maintain their anonymity when making calls. A private number does not display the caller's information when they make an outgoing call. The caller's identity is blocked, preventing the recipient from knowing who called them.

For example, debt collectors often use private numbers to contact individuals and businesses.

How to Call Back a Private Number

Here are some ways to unmask a private number:

1. Dial *69

Dialing *69 is a convenient way to call back the last private number that called you. If a caller has blocked their number from being displayed on your caller ID, dialing *69 can unmask the private number, allowing you to call it back.

2. Check Phone Logs

If you're wondering how to call a private number, you can try to unmask it by checking your phone logs. Your phone logs will give you the date, time, and length of incoming and outgoing calls, which might help determine who's been calling you.

If the caller left a voicemail, checking your voicemail log might give you clues. However, these methods might not work if the caller is using a blocked number or spoofing their number.

3. Use Third-Party Apps to Reveal a Private Number

To unmask private numbers, you can use apps such as TrapCall, CallApp, or TrueCaller. Download one of these apps onto your phone and follow the instructions for setting it up.

4. Setup Call Tracing

Dialing *57 is a way to unmask and call back a private number. You can dial *57 right after receiving an anonymous or private call to trace the number. Telecom companies may offer this service as part of their services package, so contact your provider if you want to set up call tracing.

How to Make Your Number Private

Add *67 Before the Number

  1. Pick up the receiver
  2. Dial *67 after you hear the dial tone
  3. Dial the 10-digit number of the recipient
  4. This code will mark your number as "private" or "unknown" on the recipient's caller ID

Hide your Caller ID on Android and iPhone

On iPhone

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Choose Phone
  3. Select Show my caller ID and Switch off

Switching off the caller ID will hide your identity, and the recipient will not be able to see it when you call them.

On an Android

  1. Go to the Phone app
  2. Access settings
  3. Choose More Settings
  4. Select Show My Caller ID and choose Hide Number
  5. Press cancel to exit the menu

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Here's how you can enable it:

  1. Get a dial tone
  2. Dial **21*1
  3. Dial the 10-digit number you want to forward calls to and #
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  • Return missed calls from known contacts
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  • Check caller information against known contacts
  • Send a message or
  • Block spam calls.

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What happens when you call someone with * 67?

When you call someone after dialing *67 on your phone, your caller ID information will be masked. Your number will appear as “unknown” or “private” on the recipient’s caller ID. Remember to dial the code before you dial the recipient’s phone number for it to work as intended.

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