How to Ping a Cell Phone Tower

If you want to locate the origin of the last cell tower that provided your or your child's cell phone with a signal, you can do so by having the phone pinged. Pinging a cell phone is often done through your wireless carrier and it is illegal to ping a cell phone that is not registered to you, unless you have approval to do so.

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Ping a cell tower to locate the whereabouts for your mobile phone.

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Contact your wireless carrier’s customer service department and follow the prompts to speak with a representative.

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Inform the representative of your intent to ping your cell phone or a cell phone registered to your account.

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Verify your wireless account when prompted to do so and provide the representative with the phone number that you would like to have pinged.

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Wait for the representative to ping your cell phone. You may be instructed to enroll in a cell phone pinging service provided by your wireless carrier, which allows you to ping your own phone without assistance.

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Write down the pinged location when provided with the information.