How to Trace a Phone Number

We’ve all been in that situation where we received a phone call that we would love to track. You likely have no clue who it is or where it’s coming from. You just know you’re not interested in arguing with a bill collector, or maybe even a secretive ex.

Whether it’s business or personal, you have the right to know who’s calling you. Thankfully we live in an age where tracing a phone number is easier than ever before.  Here are a few tricks you can use to trace back any phone number.


There are plenty of apps out there that can trace back a location on a phone number, but a couple of the most useful apps are Locate Any Phone and GPS Phone . Both apps use GPS tracking technology to lock in on a mobile phone user, even if the phone in question isn’t connected to the web.

Simply fire up the app, and you’ll have the GPS coordinates of the caller in a matter of seconds. Both apps can even track WhatsApp and text messages. Were these apps made to spy on people? No, their original purpose was to keep track of loved ones and friends. For example, you would install GPS Phone to check up on an elderly family member who lives alone.

Still, don’t let that stop you from repurposing these apps to track down exactly who’s calling your phone.

Tracking a Facebook account with a phone number

Many people don’t know that their own Facebook account could be used against them. As long as an individual links their phone number to their Facebook page you should be able to type the number into the search bar at the top of the page and pull up a corresponding profile.

Facebook can be an important tool because it can potentially reveal a face to the mystery number. Is it a past girlfriend or boyfriend? Is it someone you’ve never seen before? It could even be a friend who just doesn’t like leaving voicemails (we all know people like that).

Facebook will allow you to pull up an individual’s profile and view in-depth information such as social circles, hobbies, interests, and even location. With this information at your fingertips you can even message the person directly (letting them know they’ve been tracked and the jig is up) and inquire into why they’re calling you.

Tracking caller ID 

Want to immediately identify the person calling your phone without answering? Then use a CNAM lookup service. Caller ID lets you immediately know who’s calling you by flashing a name across your screen.

Word of warning — do a bit of research on the service you decide to use. If the service caches data than you may run into a few problems. Many phone numbers in the United States register with the CNAM database, so it’s very important that you track a number based on real-time information, not outdated cached data.

Some CNAM lookup services also allow you to track the spam scores of the number you’re tracking. If the number has racked up an extensive history of spam calling than you’ll know immediately (the number will show up as “spam” when it calls). Spotting spam callers before you answer the phone will save you time and wasted breath as you go about your day.

What happens if it’s an unknown number

Sometimes a number will show up as unknown or blocked. Thus you’ll never see the number in the first place. That’s okay, there are still ways to not only find the number but to also track it. To uncover an unknown or blocked number, use TrapCall or an alternativeservice.

Now you can pounce and use any number of the above methods to trace the number back. With that being said we’ve yet to reveal one of the most effective ways to trace a phone number. This method will reveal information so damning you may even be able to find the caller’s address! 

Run a reverse phone lookup 

If you want to cut straight to the chase than run a reverse phone lookup. Public search aggregators such as IDtrue will reveal a wealth of information about your mystery caller. Simply type in the number into the search browser found on the site and wait for the results to pop up.

IDtrue scans through millions of public records to put together a comprehensive report on the number calling your phone. This information includes:

  • Identity
  • Approximate location
  • Criminal record
  • Cellular service
  • Social media profiles
  • Much more

Running a reverse phone lookup with IDtrue can be a highly effective tactic, especially due to its ability to give you an in-depth background check on the individual calling you. With this information, you’ll know whether or not you should be worried!

Tracing phone numbers is easier than ever before 

You have a right to know who’s calling your phone. It doesn’t matter if you’re dodging bill collectors, a troublesome ex, or anything else of a similar nature, know there are plenty of ways to trace a phone number.

You can use apps to track actual locations or use a service like IDtrue to pull up a comprehensive background check on the caller behind the number. The most important thing is empowering yourself with information. You can than take the appropriate actions to block the number if need be.

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