Mobile Number Locator And Tracer On Google Maps
There’s an old TV show trope where the police finally have the bad guys on the phone. A computer whiz is sitting in front of his machine, fingers furiously typing. Every few seconds, he raises his hand and motions frantically to the police officer on the telephone to keep the bad guys talking.
We sit on the edge of our seats, hoping that the guy at the computer has enough time to trace the location of the bad guys’ call. Then suddenly: “Click.” then the phone goes silent. He pushes back from his desk in frustration. There just wasn’t enough time.
Unfortunately, there’s just not any software available like that to private citizens – yet. But there are a few ways you can find the location of a mobile phone number call on Google Maps.
Why To Find a Mobile Phone Location
There are several reasons you might want to do so:
- Missed calls from unknown mobile numbers can stress you out.
- You might want to try to figure out who keeps calling you.
- You do not appreciate getting unsolicited calls, and you want to report the caller.
- You might want to know where someone is calling you from before you pick up.
Whatever the reason, below we’ll demonstrated a few ways you can trace a phone number’s location using Google Maps. While you will be unable to pinpoint the exact person, you should be able to get an idea of where they are calling from.
Mobile Number Tracker
The first thing you should try – because it is easiest – is Mobile Number Tracker. Once you have visited the website, click the drop-down box on the homepage and select the country the phone number appears to be from.
Then, type in the full phone number you want to search in the blank and press “Locate.” With any luck, the map below the search will update to show you the approximate location where the phone is registered.
The way the website works is really simple. It scans and identifies the service provider of the number you entered, then locates where the service provider says the phone is located.
While this method is easy, it’s also not incredibly accurate; the example in the screenshots is a few states away from the real location, which you can tell just by looking at the area code. It’s also not incredibly precise – you might want to know what city a phone is located in, for example.
International Numbering Plans
If that does not work, you should try International Numbering Plans. Using this website is equally simple.
Just make sure you fill in the entire phone number, including:
- The “+” symbol
- The country code
- The full phone number
In case you’re not sure what’s with the “+” symbol, or what country code to use and how to use it together with the “+”, there’s another resource called Calling Dialing Codes. This website can help you make sure you are formatting your number correctly for call location tracing.
Can I share the location of my own phone?
Of course, you might want to know about making sure other people can see your location – not the other way around. Naturally, Google Maps has your back there, too, via a feature they introduced in 2016. To share the location of your phone in real time, follow these steps:
- Open Google Maps.
- Click the blue dot that shows where you currently are.
- Click the top option: “Share your location.”
- Select the length of time you would like to share your location (or “Until you turn this off.”).
- Tap “Select People” to choose the people you want to see your location.
- Then click “Share.”
That’s it! Now the people who you shared with can see wherever your phone goes. This can come in handy if you want to meet up with someone in a crowd, or if you are headed into a sketchy situation and you want someone to be able to keep tabs on you.
How about real-time tracing?
Or perhaps you are interested in tracing a mobile phone’s location in real time, just like the movies. The only way to do so would be the Visitor Location Register (VLR). The VLR is a service handled by network service providers.Unfortunately for you, it’s the network service provider’s responsibility to protect the privacy of its clients. So there is virtually no chance of entering it, because access to the database is blocked.
But maybe you want to know how the government tracks private citizens’ locations using their cellphones. That’s where things get interesting.
One way the NSA tracks a single citizen is through cell tower isolation. Every time a device connects to a cell tower, the connection is recorded. When someone travels, they connect to a succession of cell towers. With every successive tower, the number of people who have taken that route is narrowed down – until eventually, the NSA knows precisely which person is taking the route, and can track them every time they jump towers.
In a nutshell, you, private citizen, cannot locate a particular mobile phone number in real time. At least not for the moment. But you still have the above options at your disposal.