How to Ping a Cell Phone Tower

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How to Ping a Cell Phone Tower
Ping a cell tower to locate the whereabouts for your mobile phone. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    Write down the pinged location when provided with the information.

Tips and warnings

  • Law enforcement officials have permission to ping cell phones. Regular citizens must be granted permission before cell phone companies will disclose tower information.

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