How to Trace the Location of a Phone Number

By Lawrence Harris

Figuring out how to trace the location of a phone number has become easier with advances in technology. Now, some smartphone users can keep tabs on each other's approximate locations through online services such as the free Google Latitude, as well as a number of proprietary services operated by cell phone carriers such as Sprint and AT&T. These services are voluntary, and the locations are transient. If you want to know the home address and identity of the owner of any phone number, however, there are ways to go about it.

Step 1

Call the phone number. If a business answers, you can simply ask the representative for the address and any other information you can think of, and he'll likely just tell you. You may also get an answering machine answering the phone. Listen carefully to the greeting: The owner of the phone number may say his name or a business name, in which case you've got a piece of information upon which to base further research.

Step 2

Enter the phone number into a search engine such as Google or Yahoo. Often the phone number's owner's information will show up in the search engines, especially if the number is connected to a business or an individual with a large Web presence.

Step 3

Perform a reverse search on the phone number at a free telephone listings website like Anywho or Super Pages. If the number turns out to be a cell phone number, try a paid website like Intelius for a reverse cell-phone look-up. You'll pay anywhere from 99 cents to about $15 for the search results.

Step 4

Search the crisscross phone directories or city directories at your local library. If the phone number is a land line (not attached to a cell phone), you may find the number and its corresponding address information in these directories.