How To Track A Number or Do A Cell Phone Number Search in South Africa

If you own a mobile device in South Africa, then you would definitely be familiar with the fact that you can get a text or call from a strange number which will make many questions run through your mind. Thanks to modern technology, you no longer have to keep guessing all day about a call or text from a strange number because you can simply use your mobile device or computer with an internet connection to track or search the number. More so, this service is not restricted to corporate bodies or government agencies alone as anyone can track and search a phone number of their choice whenever they deem fit.

Is It Legal To Track A Phone Number In South Africa?

As of now, it is not a crime to track a phone number in South Africa as long as all the steps taken do not violate the stipulated communication privacy as outlined by the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act. So, there is hereby no need to fret when it seems like a strange number is repetitively calling you because you can easily track the number and solve the mystery.

However, contrary to popular belief, not all calls or text messages have malicious intent, it could actually be from someone you know but due to unforeseen circumstances, they had to use a different number to reach out to you. Well, whatever the case might have been, the right thing to do is to get the answers to your questions by searching or tracking the number to know the person’s identity or location.

More so, the option to track phone numbers in South Africa is not only legal but can be done free of charge and even if you get to pay for the service, it will be minimal. You also get to choose from a long list of platforms that have been designed to do track numbers.

How Can I Track A Number In South Africa?

There are several online platforms and apps which allow South Africans to track a number to know the location of the number. These online platforms or apps can be used at no cost at all although some might charge for their services. Some of the notable and reliable methods include:

Using GPS 

If you want to track a number down, using any reliable GPS software will definitely give you the desired result. The application usually has a database that contains information about cities and even street addresses which will make it very easy to track the location of a phone number once tracking permission is granted.

Via Apps (mSpy)

Various apps are also available to help track a number and interestingly, you can even do so without the person’s knowledge. One such popular apps include mSpy which can be used to track the real-time location of the owner of a phone without necessarily alerting them. It is a great app that parents usually use to monitor the movement of their children, especially teenagers.

Track A Phone Location Using Google Maps

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It is thrilling to know that you can also make use of Google Maps to trace the location of any phone number. To get started on this process, you must first ensure that your location sharing is on and the number’s location you want to track is also sharing their location with you. Once that is done, you can proceed to find the location of a phone number using the steps below:

1. Launch Google Maps on your mobile device that is, iPhone or Android.

2. Navigate to the top of your screen and select ‘Location Sharing’ on the pop-up menu.

3. Next, you will see a list of all your contacts that are sharing their location with your number at the base of your screen. To get to see a person’s location, click on it and the Google map will enlarge their current position with their address.

What Are The Best Ways To Conduct A Phone Number Search In South Africa?

A lot of times when we get calls or text messages from a strange number, we tend to become anxious to know who is calling, especially if the number keeps calling persistently or the text messages come in more than once. While some people might just go-ahead to call the strange number, others would like to be cautious and carry on a quick check to know who owns the strange number.

More so, although calling the strange number might be the easiest thing to do at that moment, it comes with its own challenge because you might not be able to get through to the person because the line might be switched off or not reachable as at then. So, to satisfy your curiosity, you will have to choose among the numerous number tracking options but ensure that before you commence your search that you have the following:

  • The accurate phone number you want to track
  • Strong internet connection and data
  • A mobile device, laptop, or computer

With the above sorted out, you can then proceed to track a number using any of the methods below:

Using Reverse Phone Lookup Websites

The reverse phone lookup website option ranks among the most popular ways anyone can use to conduct a phone number search in South Africa. All you need to get started with this method is to ensure that you have sufficient data on your mobile device or laptop. With that, you can simply visit any reliable reverse phone lookup website. Input the number you want to look up in the space provided and follow the instructions to get your search done.

Using Reverse Phone Lookup Apps

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You can also opt to search for a phone number using a reverse phone lookup app and one such app is TrueCaller. This app is quite popular among mobile users with more than 50 million persons making use of its services in Africa. Out of this figure, more than 3 million users are from South Africa. With this app, once an unknown number calls you, a search will be conducted by the app so that you can get to know the name attached to the number. More so, a picture of the person who owns the number will be provided if any is available. All this information will automatically pop up on your screen.

Other reverse lookup apps you can decide to use apart from Truecaller include the mSpy app and GPS Cell Locator. These apps can be easily downloaded from the Google store and they can be compatible with several mobile devices, including Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. Once any of these apps are installed into your phone, the identity of those calling or texting you with strange numbers can be easily detected.

Using Search Engines

You can also choose to use any of the search engines to trace the identity of the user of a phone number. All you have to do is to type the number on the search bar and start the process. A long list of numbers will pop up in batches with clues about the owner of the line however, you might not get an accurate response for your search.

Using Social Media

With the millions of people using social media platforms, it has become quite easy to trace the owner of a strange number via social media. However, before you opt for this option, ensure that you have active social media accounts and with that, you can proceed with your search by typing the number in the search bar on the screen of the social media platform you are using. Once that is done, profiles that are linked to this number will appear on the screen of your device.

Tyna G
Tyna G
A digital nomad with a never-ending curiosity and passion for discovering new places, cultures and creative outlets - this author has been writing her way around the globe for many years. Everything from entertainment to biographies, reviews to travel tips, you’ll always find stunning high quality content coming from her


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