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How to Remove Your Phone Number From the Internet

Our digital security experts show you step-by-step how to get it done.

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Gabe Turner
Gabe Turner Chief Editor
Last Updated Jul 15, 2024

Has your phone been ringing more often recently?

You might be alarmed to discover your phone number is readily available on Google, social media, and other websites you’re registered with. This vulnerability can lead to unwanted calls and potential privacy breaches. The good news is that you can take immediate steps to remove your phone number from the internet.

Here’s how you do it.

How Your Phone Number Ends Up on the Internet

There was a 78 percent increase in data compromises in 2023 compared to 2022. The 3,205 instances translate to over 353 million victims, which is a record for the U.S.1

But this is just one of the reasons why your phone number ends up on the internet. Some of the others include:

  • Your phone number is a compulsory field for social media platforms or other website profiles.
  • You provided your phone number to participate in a free trial or contest, which resulted in it being published.
  • You used your phone number to claim loyalty points, discounts, or coupon codes.

FYI: Some phone apps record your number and gain access to your contact list. Unless you use a VPN or specifically opt out of sharing these details, many of them will share your information with third-party providers for a profit.

How to Remove Your Phone Number From Google

Google uses phone numbers for various reasons. But you can control how they use it. However, if you want your number completely removed from your account, follow these steps.

How to remove your phone number on an Android device How to remove your number from your Google account on a computer How to remove your phone number from your Google account on an Apple device
  1. Open your settings and select Google.
  2. Go to Manage Your Google Account.
  3. Select Personal Info.
  4. Next to your phone number will be a trash can symbol. Tap it to remove it.
  5. Follow the remaining steps.
  1. Log in to your Google account.
  2. Open the Personal Info tab.
  3. Go to Contact Info and then choose Phone number.
  4. Click on the trash can symbol next to your phone number.
  5. Follow the remaining instructions.
  1. Open the Gmail app or head to in your browser.
  2. Tap the profile photo of your Google account.
  3. Select Personal Info.
  4. Go to Contact info and select Phone Number.
  5. Tap the trash can symbol to remove it.
  6. Follow the next steps to finalize.

FYI: Removing your phone number from Google can affect the performance of some of its services. According to its website, it uses your phone number for services such as 2-Step Verification, Calendar, Chrome, Google Pay, and Google My Business.

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How to Remove Your Phone Number From Social Media Platforms

Most social media platforms require you to add your phone number during the sign-up process. The good news is that you can remove it without impacting your ability to stay connected with friends and family. You just need to follow these steps.


Removing your phone number from Facebook is straightforward. You will need your password handy to complete the process.

  1. Log in to your account and click on your profile photo.
  2. Click on Settings and Privacy.
  3. Go to Accounts Center and select Personal details.
  4. Choose Contact info and click on the phone number you want to remove.
  5. Hit Delete number and select Delete again to confirm.

Facebook will make you re-enter your password to confirm it’s you. They will also send an email once the change has occurred.


Despite the fact that Instagram is owned by Meta, removing your phone number from the platform requires a different approach.

  1. Open the Instagram app.
  2. Go to your profile.
  3. Tap the Edit Profile button.
  4. Hit Personal Information Settings.
  5. Select Contact Info.
  6. Choose your phone number.
  7. Press Delete Number to remove it from your Instagram account.

X (formerly Twitter)

This social media platform doesn’t have an article on how to remove your phone number. But here are the steps you can follow to delete it.

  1. Open the X app.
  2. Click on your profile image in the top left-hand corner.
  3. Scroll down to Settings and Support.
  4. Go to Settings and Privacy.
  5. Hit Your Account.
  6. Select Account Information.
  7. Tap your phone number.
  8. Choose Delete Phone Number.

You’ll see a pop-up box confirming the action. It also recommends you add another number, but it won’t impact your ability to use the app.


If you don’t want TikTok using your phone number to personalize ads based on your activity, complete these steps to remove it.

  1. Log in to your TikTok app.
  2. Go to your profile.
  3. Tap the three-line button at the top of the screen.
  4. Select Settings and Privacy.
  5. Choose Account.
  6. Go to User Information and then Phone Number.
  7. You’ll receive a verification code to confirm your identity.
  8. Follow the remaining steps to delete it from your account.

Did You Know: Sometimes, someone other than you provides your phone number on social media platforms. If people you know share their contacts with a website, app, or social media platform, your phone number will be made available.

How to Remove Your Phone Number From Websites

While you might be using a VPN to remain anonymous online, there will be instances where you need to enter personal information into a website. It could be to purchase a product or to sign up for a service.

While a website shouldn’t publish your details online, incidents can happen. Data removal services, like Incogni, can find and remove personal information. You can also purchase subscriptions, and they will scan regularly and delete records throughout the year.

Google also allows you to remove personal information you find in search results. If you come across your phone number, follow these steps to flag it with Google.

  1. Log in to your Google account.
  2. Click the More button above the search results.
  3. Choose About This Result.
  4. Select Remove Result.
  5. Pick the reason It Shows My Personal Contact Info.
  6. Follow the reporting steps.
  7. Press Submit.
  8. Finish the process by hitting I’m Done.

You’ll receive a confirmation email that your request was submitted. To monitor the result, go to the Results About You page.

>> Learn More: The best data removal services 2024

The Do Not Call Registry

If you still receive phone calls after removing your number from Google, websites, and social media, you can use the Do Not Call Registry to protect yourself from telemarketing calls.

FYI: The Do Not Call Registry doesn’t stop calls from happening. However, if you do get one from a telemarketer, you can report them.

Keeping Your Phone Number Off the Internet

Even if you’re using a VPN or other security measures to protect your identity, once your phone number is online, it’s up to you to remove it. Every second it’s available means telemarketers, businesses, and questionable parties can use it for their own means.

Now that you know how to remove your phone number from the Internet, make a checklist of whom you need to contact, restrict app permissions, and remove it from email signatures so it doesn’t appear online again.

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  1. Identity Theft Resource Center. (2024). Identity Theft Resource Center 2023 Annual Data Breach Report Reveals Record Number of Compromises; 72 Percent Increase Over Previous High.