Tracing phone numbers is now a relatively easy process if you know where to look. The biggest problem with them is that to manually find the information that you need to know (I.E name, address, etc), you’ve got to look in several different public records data bases. Considering the time and effort to access and look through these records is truly astronomical… it’s no wonder that there are various online methods that you can now use to trace a phone number.
Although there is a service which charges to trace a phone number (we use it as a last resort), there are several free methods you can use online. These methods involve the use of free resources such as the search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc) and sites such as MySpace to find out who owns a phone number.
Ways To Trace Phone Numbers
Before we progress, it must be noted that these methods of tracing phone numbers are by no means guaranteed and any results you receive from them, unless stated by the source, should be taken as fictional. We cannot take responsibility for validity of any information found with the methods mentioned below.
With that short disclaimer out of the way, it’s time to start your phone number trace. To begin with, we always recommend you use a residential phone number lookup tool to find out if any free “official” documentation of the number exists.
To do this, you just need to head over to Whitepages.com and in the “Reverse Lookup” tab, you should type the phone number you want to trace. Upon hitting the search button, you will be searching their database of millions of records to see if any data is held on the number. Because the database is comprised only of publicly listed residential numbers, you can hardly ever count on success but since it’s the easiest free trace to perform, it’s worth doing.
If you “strike it lucky” and get some results from that search, you can then use that data OR use a paid lookup such as the one at the top right of this page to give you a guaranteed batch of information for that phone number.
Alternatively, if your search wasn’t successful, you then need to proceed and look in the search engines such as Google to see if the number and it’s details have been posted in any other sites. To do this, just head to Google and type the number in the search box like this: “xxx-xxx-xxxx” (each x is a digit of the number). By placing the number in quotation marks, you’re instructing the search engine to find exact results in the pages it contains.
When you hit the search button, take a look through the first 3 pages to see if any results contain that number AND the details you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to click on any of the sites because most of them will be random data sites.
If the results from that are unsuccessful, then you will need to head to MySpace and type the number in their search box. In the hope that they put up their details on this social networking site, you should be able to find out if they have or not pretty quickly with that search.
Phone number trace
If nothing comes up there, then you’ll have to perform a comprehensive phone number trace which is available at the top right of this page. Since the private company behind this service has compiled a huge database of millions of records you can just type the phone number into the search box and hit the button to search it.
Since all the data is kept up to date and is of an incredibly high quality, you should see the preliminary results of your search with the state and the city of your target. Since the data is guaranteed for 56 days, you can be sure that it’s going to be correct. This method is a last resort but it works every single time. What’s more – since it’s 100% legal and confidential – you can rest assured that none of your searches will be revealed to anyone.