Smartphones are powerful gadgets, and they can carry a wealth of information about their users: name, GPS location, passwords, spending habits, and even heart rate! If you’re looking for more information on someone, here’s how to track a phone number safely and legally.
How to Track Who’s Calling You
We all periodically deal with pesky telemarketers and mysterious calls from “unknown numbers.” Thankfully, there’s an easy way to find out who’s calling without having to even pick up the phone. Simply enter the phone number into a people search engine. For a fee, you can receive a report based on public records, which can include:
- Full Name
- Address/Location History
- Family Info
- Carrier Details
Using a people search engine is a quick and simple way to get info fast. If the unknown caller turns out to be someone you know, you can call back with confidence at your earliest convenience. If you still don’t recognize the name, feel free to add it to a list of blocked callers.
In the case that it’s a telemarketer, the number will usually be flagged as such and you can quickly read comments from other unlucky recipients to see what the caller is after.
Download an App
If you find that you’re getting an unusual amount of calls from unknown numbers, you might download a dedicated app to more quickly block numbers. The app will automatically identify incoming callers, detect known fraudsters, and telemarketers. You’ll also be able to update profiles for the people in your contact list.
How to Track Your Children’s Phone
Millennials are the first generation raised on smartphones. According to recent studies, 56% of children ages 8 to 12 have a cellphone, while a whopping 88% of teens don’t leave home without it.
Many parents worry about what their young ones are doing online. That’s why many parents install parental control apps on their children’s phones so they can better monitor their activity. These apps provide with the ability to track usage, browsing history, GPS location, etc. Suffice to say they help many a parent rest easy.
How to Track a Phone’s Location
You can track a cell phone’s location via phone number. However, you must have legal access or permission to do so.
While a reverse phone lookup can give you the user’s home address, getting instant updates on a user’s current location is a little bit trickier and will need you to download an app. Fortunately, there’s a ton of such apps available and most are free to use.
- For families looking to stay connected, carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile offer GPS tracking apps so you can see each other’s whereabouts.
- If you’re an iPhone user looking to find friends, you can download the aptly-named “Find My Friends” app to coordinate and track location.
Facebook Messenger recently introduced a feature called Live Location which does much the same thing. This can be useful if you’re meeting friends in a busy area.