How to Find the Number of Recent Phone Calls

by Steve Sparkes

Easily finding a number that you have dialed recently, without having to consult the phone book or a personal address book, saves time and frustration. Being able to find numbers of people who have called you recently is also useful, especially if the caller did not leave a voice message or if that message is garbled. Whether it is for business or personal purposes, on a cell phone or landline telephone, modern technology usually makes it simple to access this information.

Numbers Received on a Landline

Dial *69 if you live in the United States to find the number. You may need to dial 1169 if you have a pulse or rotary phone. Some networks require you to call *66, or 1166, respectively.

Dial 1471 from a British Telecom landline, and most other British networks, if you live in the United Kingdom.

Follow the recorded instructions to return the call if you are on an American network. Return the call by pressing 3 if you are with BT, or most other British networks.

Check the phone records on your own phone if you have a digital handset with the Caller ID function. It keeps a record of at least the last five numbers that have called you recently.

Numbers Dialled from a Landline

Consult your telephone's Caller ID records, if you have the facility, to see which numbers you have recently dialed.

Press the call-making button (which is usually labelled "call", "talk", "send" or, if unlabeled, is normally green in color) to automatically dial the very last number you called. Scroll down the list to dial older numbers.

Use the redial button to call the last number you dialed again. If you don't have a digital phone, this is probably the only option you have to redial numbers without looking them up again. This will not give you the number you called, but will save you rechecking your phone book if you simply want to call the same person again. Older phones often have this function.

Numbers Received on a Cell Phone

Select "missed calls" from among the menu options. This option may appear either in the main menu or in a sub-menu such as "recent calls." The number or name (if you have the number stored against a name in the phone's phone book) of the person who tried to call you will be shown.

Use the call-making button to try to bring up a list of all numbers or names dialed and received recently. This will work with many networks -- and often a small icon on the screen will indicate whether it was an incoming or outgoing call.

Scroll down the list and highlight a number you want to call. Press the call-making button.

Numbers Dialed from a Cell Phone

Press the call-making button to see the number or name of the last person you called. If the last call on the phone was your outgoing call, this will be the number at the top of the list.

Scroll down the list for older numbers dialed and received.

Activate the call by pressing the call-making button again. If you want to dial a number which is not the last one, press the button only when you have scrolled down to the number you want to call.

Tip

  • Be aware that your service provider may have slightly different procedures than those described above. It is not possible, for reasons of space, to outline every single provider's practices in this area. Call a customer care representative at your telephone service provider, or log on to their website, in the event of the steps described above not working.

Warning

  • Using landline network services to find and call recent numbers may incur a charge. Refer to the agreement you have with your provider.

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About the Author

Steve Sparkes started writing professionally in 1982. He was a journalist and photographer for "The New York Waste" magazine for a decade. Sparkes has a diploma of art and design and a Bachelor of Arts in history of art from the South-East Essex School of Art. He also has a Master of Arts in photography from the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts.

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