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How to Find out the Owner of a Cell Phone Number

There are some tools you can use to find out who owns a cell phone number, although it’s not easy by any means. Cell phone lookup services can help. These come in two categories.

With the first one, you can find a number by searching for someone’s name, address, or anything else you know about them.

The second is what you need. You have only the number to go on and nothing else. You enter the number and see who it’s registered to, keeping in mind this doesn’t have to be the actual caller. This is called a reverse phone number search.

Hard, but Not Impossible

After looking the number up on the internet, you can use a special app to get more information based on what you find, such as an address or another location associated with the number and its owner. These are known as spy apps. Again, not all of them are made alike. In every case, the information they deliver will be sourced from a search engine. You can take your search to an engine directly. Just type in the number into the search bar followed by “user” or “owner.”

People Lookup Services

If you manage to find the right service, you’ll see it is one of the best way to find a cell phone number owner online. Also known as background check services, they gather a lot of data, such as someone’s name, address, email, and more. These sites will help you find anyone using the information you have on them. Apart from the owner of a cell phone number, you might even get details about their contacts, including relatives and neighbors.   

You might suspect a spam service or telemarketer has gotten their hands on your number. In this case, there is a special service you can use to see who’s behind the incessant calls. The site is whocallsme.com. Open it and enter the number of 10 digits in the search box. You’ll find it very useful.

You can also try a social media search. While there’s no guarantee it will work, it’s free and fast. You can search any network where you have an account: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and more.

Wolfram Alpha

This somewhat strangely named platform is also quite useful. It is a free computing site with an extensive database. It can even provide some basic details about the caller’s location. Go to the website, wolframalpha.com, and enter the number preceded by the area code. You’ll get quite a few details, possibly the location where the number is registered.  

White Pages

This is a paid service, but it’s worth resorting to if you’re getting desperate to know who’s behind the number. It will give you the location of the caller. If you subscribe to the Premium version, you’ll see who the owner of the number is. The data on White Pages is always updated.

Near the top of the homepage, there’s a tab “Reverse Phone.” Click on the search bar and enter the number. There will be a search image to the right. After that, White Pages will pull up a list of results, including the person’s city, their phone service provider, even their name. If you don’t get enough to go on, it’s worth upgrading to Premium.

A Lot to get from Reverse Lookup

If someone has been calling you often from this number, it’s likely someone who knows you. Telemarketers tend to give up when they see no one is answering their calls. If your search is successful, you’ll get some personal information about the owner and even things like address and employment history. You’ll need to try several different lookup services to get an optimal amount of information. A single source probably won’t be sufficient. It really does pay off to look around until you find the best reverse phone lookup service.  

Tracking the Caller’s Location

Spy apps will provide information about their location, but it won’t be 100% reliable. These apps track location by connecting remotely to phones. You will find out who’s behind the calls and decide whether you want to answer them once you have these details. Spy apps can track other phone activity as well as text and email.  Tracing a cell phone number’s owner is not without its challenges. If they have requested it be removed from White Pages, you obviously won’t find out who they are.

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