How to Trace Unknown Text Messages

By braniac

Receiving unwanted or unexpected text messages is not only annoying but can cost you a small amount of money at times. Not knowing who sent you those unwanted text messages is sometimes worst. Technology today has made methods available to anyone who has an internet connection.

Step 1

First you want to see what you can find on your own, try searching for the number on the internet. Your first internet search should be within Google's Internet Phone-book. To do this, type the following into your Google search bar, phonebook:(000)000-0000; remember the zero's represent the actual phone number. You will be surprised what information comes up from around the internet.

Step 2

If nothing pops up in the Google phone-book search your next step would be to find a reverse number look-up that is designed for cell phone numbers such as This site finds the owner of any phone number both unlisted and cell phone numbers are included in the search. It is free to do a search but you are only given the location of where the number started and the phone number's carrier. Sometimes this is enough information to give you a rough idea of who might have sent you that text message. If you are wanting a name you can sign up for the service for a small fee.

Step 3

When you have no luck in your search or if you are receiving text messages with no number attached you should try contacting your cell phone service provider. They should be able to give you a list of messages with the originating number, and they have the resources to trace the last sender. If the number belongs to someone you would rather not have future contact with you can you can have the number blocked so that you can no longer receive text messages or phone calls from the number.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do a few searches using your cell phone number to ensure you are receiving the most accurate information within the free limited search option before making the decision to pay for the service.
  • Not all cell phone look-up sites have accurate information, so do a lot of checking before paying for their services.