How to Trace Text Messages on Cell Phones

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Trace the numbers that send text messages to a cell phone by using internet search results and reverse number look-up services. Find out who is sending unsolicited or harassing text messages to a cell phone. With reverse look-up services information such as location, personal information and GPS coordinates can be discovered.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Internet access

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    Using search engines to find information on the number

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    Find the number from which the text message is being sent. This can be done by going into the text message inbox on the cell phone. Select the message and scroll down to the end up the message where the number will be visible.

  2. 2

    Open up a new browser window and go to a search engine such as Google. Type in the 10-digit telephone number that the message was sent from and hit "Search."

  3. 3

    Look over the search results to see if the number has come up. Some sites index an updated list of known spam telephone numbers. If the number comes in and matches a result for a person or business, click on that link. if the number is linked to the business or person on that website the trace has been successful.

    Reverse number look up services

  1. 1

    Find more information about the originating number. If the search results don't yield a name or business to associate the number with you can search for reverse number look up services. There are hundreds of sites offering this service.

  2. 2

    Select a site offering the service and enter the number when prompted. For free you will be able to see the service provider of the number and possibily the location of the number. The site will also show what other information is available with a paid search.

  3. 3

    Find more details about the person or business behind the number by paying for the paid search results on the reverse number look up site. Read the fine print before buying any search results to ensure that a monthly fee or other fees aren't attached.

Tips and warnings

  • Call the number back to see if anyone or any voicemail service answers. Identifying information can be found this way. Never give out personal information or location when doing this.
  • Do multiple free searches before paying for a reverse look up service. Many different searches can uncover little bits of information about the number.
  • Read fine print on all reverse look up services before submitting any payment.
  • Never give personal information over the phone or via text message when trying to contact the number.

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