Since I wrote about Free Mobile Phone Tracking, I have been getting queries from a lot of users on “how to track a mobile phone by just having it’s number?” This can be either malicious or well intentioned. But before we go into the details about all those websites which claim to track cell phones by just inputing a number, I would like to discuss few things.

Ethics of Cell phone tracking

Tracking someone else’s phone constitutes a major invasion of privacy, no doubts about it. This is irrespective of your intention being good or bad. Think again if this is the only way out for you, before proceeding further.

Idea behind Tracking Cell Phones

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Most cell phone tracking methods work on the premise that the cell phone often “pings” the nearest cell operator’s towers.
GPS-enabled cell phones don’t require cell towers, and may be located anywhere in the world by satellite triangulation in a similar manner. In some countries like US, cell companies are mandated to keep track of cell phones to an accuracy of 100 feet, so that help can be made available in case of emergency.

So far, so good. But is there a way to actually track or locate a mobile phone? Let us check the possible solutions-

Tracking Websites

So, what about all those free and paid websites claiming to track down any mobile phone on click of a button? The one’s where you just need to put in the cell phone number in order to track it? Can they really track a phone?

In simple words, the answer is a big NO. I am yet to come across a website which actually works as claimed. Sites like “Reverse Phone Detective” or “Track the number” never seem to provide accurate location information.

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Google the Phone number

If you’re trying to figure out the general location of the owner of the number, as opposed to real time tracking, a good old fashioned Google search will probably do the trick. The person might have been un-paranoid (or unaware) enough to have it publicly posted on a social networking site, along with other potentially location-identifying information. Again, this is a small chance, and it won’t work in real time.

Cell Phone Hacks

Theoretically and logically speaking tracking a cell phone is quite possible. Experienced hackers won’t have any problems with any of this. It is perfectly possible to track a cell phone’s location – after all, the cell operators do it – even if you just know the number and have had no physical access to it, without the user having any indication of this happening. While this hasn’t reached epidemic levels, the possibility is there.

Cell Phone Tracking Software

The only guaranteed way to really track a cell phone is through some sort of installed software on the device itself. There are lots of free and paid solutions for smartphone like Apple iPhones (iPhone Tracking solutions) and Blackberries, and even for general phones like Nokia S60 based phones.

However, this generally requires physical access to the phone, and consent of the user, both of which might be difficult to get, and probably defeats the point of what you’re trying to do here.

So tracking a cell phone by just having its number is not practical, unless you are/hire an experienced hacker, which isn’t a good idea anyway.

 
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  • satyajit

    I read the entire blog and at last find no way!!!!Anyway we should not be involved in anyone’s privacy.

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Exactly! This should be an eye-opener for so many people who fall prey to scammers

      • pranav

        @Raju,

        Yeah, technology has advantages & disadvantages like a coin having two faces.the biggest disadvantage is of CLONING.
        On other side if mobile gets lost then official complain is not logged by Police but a note is taken & hence it creates a panic to the owner.a strong & serious steps is to be implemented.

      • papa

        well, why put “how to track…” if you do not describe the way to actually do it and think it’s not a good idea… what a waste of time for people who are looking for a valid answer to that question you stated as a topic of your article! Stupid

        • http://techpp.com/ Raju

          @papa Otherwise readers wouldn’t care to read this post and eventually get cheated by loads of scam services out there.

    • robert

      Y did u look it up and my brother send my this link to see if its real and yes for hackers they is i should know i did it 17 time.

      • jamey

        how do u track a cell phone with just a number i think my wife is lying to me and i need to no how to

  • http://phat1.com Slipdisc

    “So tracking a cell phone by just having its number is not practical, unless you are/hire an experienced hacker, which isn’t a good idea anyway.”
    That seems to sum it up pretty well.

  • Uttoran Sen

    its good to stay out of hacking as much as possible, also good to know that its not easily possible, atleast even in this technical world we still don’t lose our privacy easily :)

  • http://www.investintech.com Sandrina

    I completely agree and tracking somebody’s cell phone is probably illegal.

  • ziauddin

    i have lost my cell phone.so is it possible to track it using the imei number??i have already lodged a complaint with the local police.plz i need some help here.

  • V.VENKATESH

    Sir,

    Our mobile was lost while travelling on a night,

    Model -NOKIA N73
    IMEI No – 353548025011280

    Kindly track this mobile and kinldy let us know about its details.

    Rgds – V.VENKATESH
    MoB – 9840931129

  • v.rajendran

    Sir,
    my mobile is lost
    Model – sony ericsson c510
    IMEI No – 35204503825949-4-08
    Kindly track this mobile and kinldy let us know about its details.

    Rgds – V.rajendran
    contact-0452-4225428

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      I am sorry. There is absolutely nothing we can do about this.

  • syed

    i am very much disturb by un non no so is any way to track no and location pls let me no . Thank u.

  • http://MSN.com Johnny

    Do you Mean that there is no way to track the phone thorugh IMEI number instantly .. like now!
    I am pretty much sure there must be a way

  • http://techpp.com/2009/12/24/how-to-track-a-cell-phone-number/ jeannie tabaldo

    how would i know that the tracking f the phone is done???
    how long does it stay???
    what if they change the batteries???
    and have a new number????
    can i still track them???

  • Zeinab

    I have lost my E71 mobile can you track it due the the imei number if so please help me , by the way i live in lebanon – middle east . If there is a solution please send for me a mail how, because there is an important data on it added yo my pictures momories please help be to track my phone or even tell me how my imei number is 354208035510057 and i ve lost it at 27-02-2010. please email me at the mail mentioned up thank in advance…waiting please reply s soon as possible

  • Tarun Sa

    I am getting UNKNOWN call on my mobile phone for past 8 month, twice in a day as average. I guess it is the work of a person who is working in a mobile operating company and he tracks my position by contacting me on my IMEI number or by calling me on my mobile number. I have no doubt over the fact that he is tracking my position otherwise what will he get by calling me for last 8 months? I tried complaining with my mobile operator but they said that there is no record of any unknown calls. What should I do to stop such a big nusence.

    • SLO2UBUT4ME

      get a new phone or number, duhhhhhhhhh……WINNING!!

  • FAIZAN

    Is it possible to track any cell phone via imei no

  • Francis

    hi is it possible to track my lost phone wiht just the imei number ?

  • http://google.com jon

    IVE LOST MY PHONE< I NEED TO FIND IT. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO TRACK IT, OBVIOUSLY WITHOUT PHYSICLY HAVING IT WITH ME??? IT IS A SAUMSUNG IMPRESSION, NOT AN IPHONE OR EVEN SMARTPHONE. PLEASE REPLY

  • shuggahunnyicet

    i have much reason to believe that somebody i know is tracking my location using my cell phone… i haven’t given any permission or consent to do so, I find this a MAJOR invasion of my privacy and it is driving me nuts. I am not on anyone else’s plan. I pay my own bill.. and i have Metro PCS… I didn’t even know it was possible to do such a thing. please let me know how I can find out how he is tracking my phone and how I can put an end to it without changing my number… thank you

  • jaun

    why stole my phone, how can i trace my phone and get it back???????????????

    please

  • Kristof

    Dear shuggahunnyicet, your problem is easy to solve, I have a metro phone too.
    In your phone there’s an option you can choose from between “location On” and “911 only”.
    The phone usually is set on “location on” when you first buy it, it is up to you to go to your settings and select “911 only” to block others from tracking your phone unless it’s an emergency thus 911 only.
    Follow the instructions below .
    To adjust the setting.
    On your phone options press “SETTINGS” Choose “NETWORK” from the 6 available options which will prompt you to 7 other options, you then press
    on “LOCATION” from the 7 which will prompt you to choose between :LOCATION ON” & “911 only”. You press the 2nd (911 only) and you’re done.
    Note: you might feel you’re note done after highlighting your selection since the phone doesn’t suggest to press ENTER or SAVE but you’re done once you indicate your choice. I hope this helps, I’d appreciate a reply, good luck !

  • Fu

    This is the worst article ever. I was hoping to find how to track a number, not some bullshit waste of words. Reverse phone tracker is a scam? No shit.

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      go ahead an dump your hard earned money and check for yourself if its a scam or not.

  • boing555

    I love how everyone retard features a stupid iphone. Apple customers have no clue how completely clueless they really are.

    • name

      try making sense yourself before criticizing others. thanks

  • sandy

    I REALLY HOPE THIS WILL WORK,AND BE FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Uncle Bro’

    ‘im tracking myself and now just turned off my phone and cant find my way home.

  • Wayne

    Too easy man. I can track all my ipod, ipad and iphone anytime anywhere.

    • Jiggle

      Yes.. By having mobile me. ;-)

  • Shyam

    Hi Raju, I would like learn ethical hacking, is there anyone who teaches it.

    • SLO2UBUT4ME

      ethical hacking…….hhhhmmnnnn……well yes, there is someone highly ethical that might help U in this matter. How well would you trust the CIA.

  • SLO2UBUT4ME

    …….aahhhhh, come on now “RAJU”, i like ur site. whats the problemo postin’?

  • sougata

    A unknown no. is disturbng me continuously. Can anyone give a idea to know to location of the persn? I know his no. only.

  • Sandra

    I’ve lost touch with a friend, now that I’m trying to reach her the number has been changed, all I know it’s a no contract cell phone.

  • AKHIL

    SIR I HAVE LOST MY CELL PHONE RIGHT NOW. WHAT SHOULD I DO. PLZZZ HELP…….NOW IT SEEM TO BE SWITCH OFF

  • sagar

    I have lost samsung fit a gps enabled smartphone I could use it only for 15 days, I could not install any third party software for tracking, how can I get it back… is it possible or not…….

  • Martin

    Well I read the whole article but the problem for me is that I lost my sisters iPhone around the house and could not find that iPhone anywhere I know I didn’t bring the cell phone out of the house and I’ve been trying to look for a specific site that tracks numbers well my sim is in there so Im not actually going through someones privacy even though it’s my sim

  • FIBER0PTIC

    MoLoGoGo.com – (Disclosure:I do not own nor work for said website) MoLoGoGo com is a free service for tracking cell phones via GPS and/or Cell Tower.

    A few years ago using the 415i Motorola phone (many models work) I had success in installing an app for tracking/logging the location. On the MoLoGoGo site you will a ton of user hacks and mods that will take your tracking to a new level not limited to Motion Detect, Reporting, Special Alerts.

    Some applications I used the cell phone tracking for:
    1: Trucking service – I installed the cell inside the truck. When clients want the exact location/timeline of package they can look online. Bonus includes a savings in insurance(Security Alarm/Theft/LoJack).

    2: Escort Service in Las Vegas – You can understand why this is a huge advantage, problems were small and easy to overcome. Signal inside the casinos went from one extreme too another. Other issue was battery life (girls forget ‘?’ charging the phone after each shift).

    Using google maps, zoom, and other free online sources you can nail the location down really fast with auto-updates. Very sensitive! If the phone moves 10-15 feet it will show up as different location.

    3: Installed 415i candybar on my Katana 750. When I was on vacation anyone with access can track my location/timeline. The app also will show traffic reports on the phone. Will notify if friends are close (X miles away, called zones).

    Before you invest money into a phone/system make sure that GPS Pings are free in the service you get, and the big problem you will run into is battery life. Hacking the phone for use in cars not only include running connections from the 12v battery… Protect your phone by making a plastic case that can be attached to the car, remember antenna placement.

    I have detailed pictures on my websites, or just look at MoLoGoGo com. Note that MANY free solutions are now possible… Sites like TechPP, DIY, HowThingsWork, Youtube, Google will give endless details.

    Most projects found will take you a week just in reading/searching for compatible phones and phone service in your area, Battery mods and software installs. NEW: Google Phone and Virtual Phone Numbers can be used. Skype, Paltalk, and Text messages can be used in free tracking.

    Hope this solution helps you.

    FIBER0PTIC

    Remember that only 10 types of people are in this world, those that know binary and those that don’t. FBR/Humble Guys/Napalm+Worship.

    (GoogleBait:Tks Raju).

    • Eben Petersen

      Please track location of this cell number: 0839666673

  • shesadeba

    can i track a cell phone ?

    • Captain Obvious

      Read the article, dumbass.

  • Brandon

    Trying two find four!

    • Vikki

      were you successful?

  • bluekat

    i lost my phone last night and I’m so worried about it can you please help me track it my email is katrinajackson10@gmail.com thankyou

  • 9646356305

    Google. Mobile tracker

  • Tracy

    my cell phone was stolen last night, please, please, please can you help me track down the a**hole who has it!!!!!

    • Steven Smith

      Hi, I’m Steven, from CellTrakr, Inc. Reply with your phone number, and I will do my best to track it.

      Thanks, Steven Smith
      Vice President,
      CellTrakr, Inc.

      • Edison Kryeziu

        Heii stevenn i`m Edison kryeziu my iphone have lost 10 days ago and i have serial number if you can help me track or just can you tell me what a number it is in there it helpful to me .

      • jerry

        hey my name is jerry my number is 7206217548 it just got stolen please help me i have a pregnant wife and really need our phone back

      • targetwebs

        Hi Steve ……. happy to send you $20 via paypal is able to locate.

        Phone misplaced/lost/stolen about 1 week ago. Gave up searching for it home/car/work etc ….

        Surprise tonight…… received a call from the darn thing .. disconnect when I answered.

        I called the number back a bunch of times from different numbers….. sent text offering reward….. no response.

        NOW it is obvious someone DOES have my phone ,,,, and do NOT plan on returning. NOW I’M MAD ! lol

        408-469-9925 is the number ……… mark@sfml.com

        Have my fingers crossed! :)

        Thanks,

        Mark

      • ava

        Hi steve are u still able to track cellphones. I need your help. Please email me at mzadavis19@gmail.com thanks

      • manda

        steven im trying to track my lost iphone, 859-6402053. can you help?

  • anji

    good and honest info … thanks

  • Tirthankar Sarkar

    Lost My Samsung Corby Pro…. IEMI No.– 352206040465848
    Plz find This mobile………………. Plz………….

  • Santu bakshi

    Last night my ph was lost.

  • wayne

    My girlfriend thinks she can get away with whatever. She needs to learn not to lie. Please help track.

  • ome

    i have track my cell phone

    • JA

      Pls help, my iphone 4 got stolen yesterday, i did not download any tracking software, but my brother say its automatically in the phone when one buys it new, is that true?

  • Fabio

    please help, i need to track a cell number in RSA, email me so i can give a number.

  • Tuntunlin009

    my brother, i lost my phone. i want to track my phone.what should i do? please help me.
    my phone number is 0973249450.   email account tuntunlin009@gmail.com

  • Baz

    some idiot messaged my girlfriend through facebook telling her she was some very nasty things and that he was gonna kill our newborn son as he was some very disturbing things. this guy even had the audacity to leave a phone number 07980281322 and when called he continue’s to say these horrible things plz could you help me find this troll

    • paul

      17 days ago my girlfriend recived the same sort of message on facebook saying he will track her down by her ip address so he can kill our new born son. he new exactly how old he was and his exact name. i tried to phone the number and it just says the number is out of service. have you had any luck in finding this person???

    • Claire

      I am a friend of the parent below “Paul”.. I have to say I am very concerned that some sick person can be allowed to open a social network page & send these messages without any consiquence!!!.. What area are u in Baz?.. This may help us atleast find out if the person is local or simply just picking random ppl to insult & hurt!

      • Baz

        i am in Immingham north lincolnshire and i too am concerned about this and if i find the sicko heaven help him

  • Marius

    I need to track my phone under IMEI no 35636204273561 and the uses now.

  • Sakuya

    My friend’s Iphone 4 was taken at school today and we’re desperately trying to get it back if you have a way of doing so please let me no.

  • Mahesh Prajapati

    My Nokia Asha 200 phone is lost for 40 days ago..in bhadbhut.
    how to search this mobile?
    Plz inform me….help me.
    IMEI is ready.

  • Mahesh Prajapati

    plz help me

  • j2mattones

    I receive phone calls from scam artists all of the time. I have and continue to report the scam callers, but I’m doubting anything is being done about it. The most often scammers calling me say they are from the following; Account Services claiming to be able to reduce my interest rate on my credit cards; some company (they never give a company name) asking if I am interested in going back to college; and the latest is from someone with a very heavy Indian accent claiming to be with the Federal Government, and I am the recipient of $8,000 dollars in a Name & Phone # Lottery. I would like to track their exact location to report it to the authorities and have them arrested for fraud. Each time I can hear they are in a phone bank location where there are possibly dozens of callers attempting to scam people. This is why I want to track the phone #’s that come my way. What can I do to find out who, and where they are?

    • Khris Lowan

      U better not waist ur time n do somthng better others then track monkey looking nigirian s they r like pest

  • Graham

    Hi,I am trying to find out where my x wife is working & sleeping at night as I have to pay her £ 100-00 per week because until my house is sold,so with your help I want to prove she is lieing,the best time is a night,thank you

  • Zoe Louise Spanton

    do u just need the mobile number to track the phone or do u need more information

  • Pritam Patil

    Great post sir :) It will really help me..

  • http://www.friv2friv3friv4.com/ friv 2 friv 3 friv 4

    Heii stevenn i`m Edison kryeziu my iphone have lost 10 days ago and i
    have serial number if you can help me track or just can you tell me what
    a number it is in there it helpful to me .

  • prakash kumar

    hello sir my name is prakash kumar mai sochta hu agar kai mobile ka current location batne ya janane ke liye koi laptop ke liye software hai to meri help kijea download karne ke liye mai bahut kosish kara par nahi hua please help me
    and send link for download software to my email

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