The internet is filled with queries on how to track a cell phone number and that could be for any reason. It could be because you just want to know or it could be a privacy concern for some. Tracking someone’s location using the phone number can be useful for many during emergencies. For example, we may want to keep an eye on our kids or our loved ones if worried about their safety or look for the phone when stolen. Moreover, tracking the phone location also becomes important in case of anonymous calls.
When trying to track a phone, we must ensure that it’s not with malicious intent or a breach of privacy. On that note, in this post, we will guide you on how to track a cell phone number using different methods.
Tracking a cell phone number is pretty easy these days, provided, we have the right tools. Thanks to the software developers and the rising competition, there’s a plethora of options out there, both free and paid.
The free ones are usually the online phone lookup services that help us to locate the approximate location of the phone. These are reverse lookup services on the web and as phone apps and would only provide the general location.
The paid versions are third-party software like spy apps that help us track the exact location of the cell phone. For this, it uses the phone number and the built-in GPS. These apps track the phone’s movement history which helps them to provide the exact location. This makes these apps more reliable, useful, and easy to use.
How to track a Cell Phone Number?
Let us take a look at some of the apps and services that can help you track a Cell Phone Number:
- Google Maps
- Using an IMEI Tracker
- Reverse phone lookup
- Use Caller Name (CNAM) or Caller ID
- Track cell phone numbers using phone spy apps
- Search in Social Media.
1] Google Maps
With Google Maps, we can track a cell phone number in three different ways using GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking technology:
- Find my device – tracks the current location and the previous location history.
- Location History – For this, the phone number owner has to be signed into their Google account and it will show us everywhere the person has been.
- Third-party apps – Alternatively, we can use 3rd party software that can track a cell phone’s location using GPS, although it may not be precise.
The Find My Device app is specially designed to find a lost mobile phone, it can also track a phone’s location accurately. Here’s how:
- Download and install the app from the PlayStore on the target device.
- Open the app, and enable Find My Device.
- Select Find my device web to open the app in the phone’s browser.
- Now, type in the Gmail address of the target in the search box to find their location.
- However, we must ensure that the target device is on and is connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data to see the location in real-time.
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2] Using an IMEI Tracker
Each mobile phone has its unique 15-digit number called the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. This number usually helps to track lost phones when apps like FindMyDevice fail. To use this, we need to download an IMEI tracker app like the Google Find My Device IMEI Tracker, Wheres My Droid, etc. We would then need to Allow the app to access the location, type in the IMEI number, and tap on Track to search for the cell phone location.
We can also use web-based IMEI trackers like IMEI-Tracker.com, TrackIMEI.net, and more.
Visit the official Whitepages website based on your country (USA, Australia, India, etc.), input the phone number in the search field, and hit Enter, and the website will start looking for the details. We can search by phone number, owner’s name, and address as well. Once the search is complete, it will display the location and the owner’s name of the phone number.
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4] Reverse phone lookup
While Whitepages is a good example of a reverse phone lookup service, other services work on a similar concept and help us find a cell phone number online.
For example, NumLooker, Cocofinder, WhoCallMe, Spokeo, and WhatIsThisNumber, are among the top web portals that help track cell phone numbers efficiently. However, these cater to users only from the US.
To search for phone number locations based on your country, we can use web services like Phone Location, GPS Mobile Number Tracker, Mobile Number Tracker, Intelius, or Truthfinder. For Android, we can use this Reverse Phone Lookup app to track the cell phone number.
5] Use Caller Name (CNAM) or Caller ID
We can also use CNAM apps to look up details about a person or their phone number. This service is specific to users from the USA; however, Truecaller, a Caller ID, is a universal app working on a similar concept. These apps display the name, number, and some part of the address (city and state) of the person calling.
6] Track cell phone numbers using phone spy apps
Spy tracking apps are the best way to track a phone number location in a full-proof manner. While there are not many such apps due to legal issues, the ones like mSpy, EyeZy, or Intelius do a great job of finding the phone’s location. The only risk associated with these apps is that they must be downloaded on the target device.
But once done, these apps can find the exact location of the device using Wi-Fi or GPS along with other details like texts, call logs, or keyword alerts. However, we must pay a fee and obtain an app license to avail of the services.
7] Search in Social Media
Social Media sites like Facebook or Twitter can be a great way to track a cell phone number. For example, we must launch the site, enter the phone number in the search field, and hit Enter. The site will now pull up the owner’s name and other details unless the owner is registered with the site or has strict privacy settings.
Can I track a cell phone with just a number?
Gone are the days when we would either need a phone book and directory to search for the owner’s details or contact the mobile network provider to track a cell phone number. All thanks to the Internet, in the current times, all we need to do is to head to the search engine and search for the caller details either through the web using online phone trackers or we can download a free/paid app to find the phone number location.
How do I track a phone number on Google Maps?
Google Maps requires the owner’s permission to share the real-time location of his phone using the Location Sharing option. Simply open the Map on the target device, tap on the profile icon on the top right, and select Location Sharing. Next, tap Share location, select the time (from 15 minutes to 24 hours or Until you turn this off), and then select the contact, for example, your name (whom you want to share the location with).
The app will then share a location tracking link to your phone via a message. You can then click on the link to track the live location of the target device.