On Facebook, people can find you by searching the phone number you have linked to your account.

(Try it now.)

I’ve gone to ProfileAboutedit your contact and basic info and it shows that the phone number is only visible to me.

screen shot from contact information

However, people can still search and find me by it.

I don't want to remove the number completely—because the phone number is good for recovering your account—, but I don’t want to be found by it. How can I disallow this?

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The setting you're looking for is actually on the Privacy tab in your settings.

screen shot from Privacy tab

Change it from "Everyone" to "Friends", and only people who you are in your Friends list will be able to find you by your phone number.

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