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How To Find Cell Phone Tower Locations Near Me?

Oct 19, 2020

How To Find Cell Phone Tower Locations Near Me?

One of the easiest ways of ensuring cellular signal remains constant and available is finding the nearest cell phone tower. By cell tower, we mean the specific tower of the specific carrier you're using on your cellphone. It is usually the tower nearest your geographical area. Unlike cell phone codes to access data, voice and text services better with the best cell phone reception, review your cell tower information, now.

The best technique we recommend is using our cell antenna & spectrum analyzer kit which is basically a signal locator that consists mainly of a directional antenna, a signal meter, and a cable that attaches the two together. Slowly pivot that unidirectional antenna 360 degrees on included mounting pole till maximum signal strength registers on the signal meter for your carrier of choice. Usually, it is the same direction for all carriers because most carriers use the same tower pole for cost efficiency. This is the best sure-fire way to locate the nearest tower. Using a spectrum analyzer is also the best way to install your cell phone signal booster exterior antenna, for a permanent solution to poor mobile reception problem.

Here're few free resources online that may help you find the nearest cell phone tower:


Apps (Android Devices):

Apps (Apple/ IOS):

You can also use different ways to find your nearest cellular tower as listed below.

1. Tower maps.

Different carriers within United States do offer information on their websites showing their coverage maps. However, to perfectly pinpoint the true location where multiple carrier towers are found, third party sites are best. FCC (Federal Communications Commission) registers cell towers within U.S. It is through this data that website maps break up further and pinpoint each tower by the carrier, for instance differentiating AT&T towers from Verizon's, etc. Most antennas are FCC registered - but not all. Some are erected and being tested but still in process of approvals. Due to this, the data might not be as comprehensive as you might want. However, web maps are a quality way of finding the closest cell tower and might be all you need. These include:

  1. is a Google maps powered website. Contains updated areas and streets of interest. Through zoom features, you can easily get your real location towers. Follow the prompt fields provided to make the most of the site. For example, specify your country, choose to share your current location for easier identification of the closest cell phone tower, select carrier, choose network such as 3G or 4G LTE, and filter tower types and regions. Update the prompts and get the information you need.
  2. MapMuse also uses Google Maps and interactive mapping technology. Search by state or city and pinpoint the map to your location. Click the closest blue square to your location for more options. Keep viewing more details until you have the most precise location and address data of a specific tower!
  3. CellReception is also Google Maps powered and blends it with FCC cell tower registered database. Unlike other sites, it offers information by main cities. Enter your city title, select the state, and follow the red markers in Google Maps to find cell tower. This website has one more advantage - view a table of the local location showing ratings and reviews for the main cell carriers around that place. Use this information to determine what other users think of the reception of that carrier in that area.
  4. is very user friendly if you give it some time to load.
  5. is also considered to be one of the best sites to find cell tower location.

2. Power button.

To reduce battery power consumption, cellular phones usually lock the closest tower's signals before saving them. It means your phone could be using saved towers in the smartphone and not actually the closest towers. Smart phones not being very smart, right? Chances are you're not using the best possible cellular signal quality. You're smarter, though - Press the "power" or "end" button on the cell phone. Hold the button down for a few seconds and allow the screen to turn dark. After about 10 seconds, power the mobile phone. At the powering stage, the phone's memory will be reset with new and closest towers queried again. Verizon network users can use a shorter route by following the prompts in *228# and find closest tower after a successful phone programming process.

3. Find dead spots.

What about finding areas where cell towers are either absent or nonexistent? With a website such as, you can actually do this by finding dead spots in your location. The website is community driven and displays dead spots across United States according to user-generated information. You can categorize the submissions by a specific carrier or all carriers. Site also offers more information on signal strength in these areas in the form of bars.

4. Using Smartphone apps.

At times, finding the closest tower to your home or car is as easy as using your Smartphone. iOS or Android phone users are well covered. For instance, Android phone users can use OpenSignal or Network Cell Info apps. OpenSignal features include directing you to cell towers by following their signal compass in the process finding stronger reception. Rather than cell towers, Network Cell Info offers cell location details from MLS (Mozilla Location Service).

iPhone and iPad users can use Cell Phone Coverage Map app to find tower information and test performance of their network in locations where they are travelling, playing, working or living. OpenSignal - Speed Test and Maps app is arguably one of the best for iOS users to map their WiFi hotspots and cell towers. OpenSignal iOS app directs you to the direction where the reception is emanating from.

3. Signal meters.

You can request phone booster installers to help map out the signal strength in your home or business area using their tools and experience, which include signal meters. Installers or professionals who care about accuracy of signal strength and ascertaining the nearest cell tower will find signal meters the best tool for the job. The handheld gadget directs to 4G LTE or 3G bands and frequencies showing reception strength in decibels (dB). Signal meter directs to the closest cell phone tower within a range of 45-90 degrees. With an accuracy of 100 percent, finding the nearest cell tower will be a no brainer with a signal meter. It is not limited to single carrier's signals - It can show signal strength of all carriers at any spot instantly!

4. Use phone antenna.

To use your Smartphone, you need a working cell signal. You can use this fact to find the nearest cell phone tower. Radio waves (cellular signals) are measured in decibels (dB). If your cell signal is very strong with full bars on your phone, the signal strength is within the range of -50dB to -70dB. Weak cell signals are far from -50dB and close to -110dB to -120dB. Full bars are subjective and can differ from one carrier to the other. For instance, Verizon's 2 bars could be three bars on Sprint even with a similar signal.

For iOS users, those who are not using iOS 11 operating system or Qualcomm models (usually found in iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7) can use an easier method to find closest cell tower.  Choose "Phone Mode" in any iPhone model not running iOS 11 or Qualcomm. Call/Dial *3001#12345#*, go into "Field Test Mode" and drag the notifications bar down and read the dB figures indicated on the upper corner towards the left.

Android users can also see their signal strength. Go to "Settings", select "General", choose, "About Phone" or its equivalent, then select "Status" or "Network" and read the dB reading (such as -102, -97 etc).

After the dB reading is evident in your home or office, walk around watching the phone keenly, slowly enough to allow the phone to catch the signal strength. As you walk around note the dB value nearest to -50dB. Once you have walked throughout the space it should be evident where in the building the best cell signal is found. Please stop for up to a minute in all corners because it may take that long for cellphone to ping and attempt to update signal strength reading. Strongest signal area will give you general idea of the cell phone tower direction.

This method is also a perfect way to learn about the signal strength in your home, office or car if you don't want to purchase a signal meter. Low power on your phone lowers signal strength. Carry out this dB signal survey with your phone battery fully charged.

5. Call a cell phone signal booster installer.

Calling cell phone signal booster installer to come and survey your site to understand why your emails remain unsent, calls are dropped, internet loads slowly and cellular signal is poor across the board has its perks. Installers arrive armed with lots of gadgets including a signal meter. The individual will try to find the signal strength inside the building as well as outside. They will find the closest cell phone tower(s) and even suggest the best service provider for your home or office building.

In the process, he/she will come up with the best cell phone signal booster kit to end your low signal problems inside your building to enjoy 4G LTE and 3G signal speeds up to 32x for all phone service carriers and all types of Smartphones and cell phones.

Even with a car or truck cell phone signal booster, you don't need to worry about finding the nearest cellular tower. Cell phone boosters are engineered to automatically reach even the farthest cell tower, to boost existing signal, amplify it, and rebroadcast it inside your office, home or vehicle.

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  • I’m glad I read through the entire article because I was going to put the writer on blast about finding a cell phone tower. Yeah, I’ll buy a cell antenna and spectrum analyzer kit. Who wouldn’t want to drop some bucks on one of those? Then I saw there are a number of free options (including online ones) that make it possible to track down the nearest tower.

    Don Patterson on
  • The best signal booster for your house is a rooftop Yagi antenna, supplied by many companies. It needs to be pointed at the tower. Obviously it is limited to the locality of the house

    ralph on
  • I’ve never had much luck with the maps. Maybe these other techniques will help me get a good idea of where towers are in my community. Frustrated & without a good signal. – Issa

    Issa B on
  • I live in a very remote area. My T-Mobile coverage was almost non-existent, so T-Mobile first sent me hotspot to run off my Internet, which couldn’t connect to my wifi well enough to use. Then they sent me a signal booster, which also did nothing. Apparently the internal antenna couldn’t find enough signal to boost. They were nice, and no charge for anything, but I switched to Cricket (on AT&T network?) thinking that would help. It helped very slightly. I mention this to let people know cell phone boosters are not necessarily a viable solution.

    Also, all of the suggested web and “tower” sites for locating cell towers that are listed on this site proved worthless for me. It’s hard to believe this information is so inaccessible. I searched “.gov, cellular towers” and found the following site that seems to have specific tower locations.

    Ed James on
  • My flip phone does not work at the outskirts of Lewiston ca 96052 (by Lewiston Lake)
    No tower near by

    aniko eva felmery on
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    Right2Know on
  • Why am I only getting 3G, when I have a 4g phone, in De Berry Texas,,,I was getting 4G, but today started getting 3G and the service keeps going on and off, what’s up Verizon

    Terry Singleton on
  • We would like a cell tower on our farm near Troy, OH 45373

    Who may be find out how?

    Richard W. King on
  • I’ve also tried all 5 tower locator websites and apps listed here, and none of them are up to date or accurate. I’ve found to be better, but even it is not completely accurate even though it shows far more antenna sites. Quite honestly, the best method I’ve found to locate towers an antennas in my area is to look around with Google Earth and look for the tell-tale 3 spoke pattern that is often seen for the guy wires. Of course, this only holds true in rural areas because many cell antennas today are hidden inside other vertical structures in more populated areas.
    The final step is to drive around with one of the apps that shows cell ID numbers and make a note of the ID number when you see a very strong signal from the tower you are nearby. Often there will be more than one.
    If you are setting up a fixed point antenna at home, you can then point your directional antenna towards the towers you found and check the Cell ID numbers to make sure you are connecting to the same tower.

    Gregory on
  • Good info but what I was looking For was that thing you were just dial on your phone. #Something. And it would make your phone go to the closest hours it could find from where you’re at

    carole on
  • I have downloaded 5 apps,,, for cell tower locations, each one gives a totally and I mean TOTALLY different locations

    Berry McGregor on
  • How to find out if my property is suitable for a Cell Towre?

    Robert Carle on
  • This blog is right. I’m going to get the cell tower locator app because I found to find the cell tower locations near me so I can see if I am close to one or not. It really does help to know if you are far away, because chances are you won’t have a good signal if you’re far away. Naturally, there are other factors such as the building you’re in (materials and design) and weather, but a cell tower is key. If I find my home location doesn’t have a cell tower nearby, it will make my decision to get a cell phone booster even wiser.

    Benjamin Simpson on
  • Thanks for the tips. I’ve had problems with the cell phone getting clear calls and not dropping calls, pretty much since I had my smart phone. I came here looking for ways to stop that and have learned quite a lot about the little things that stop cell phones from working the way they’re supposed to. Cell phone boosters are what I’m looking at right now, but for now I’ll check out these other options.

    Dan Henderson on
  • I stopped relying on my cell phone for emails because I had so many emails that either didn’t get sent from it, or I received emails that were delivered late (and you thought the postal service was bad). Some of these tips sound like an excellent solution to the cell phones dropping the ball on you. I’m in the planning process for a cell phone booster because I’ve heard they’re a great way to increase your calling power, data speeds, and everything a signal is supposed to do. Once I get a cell phone booster, I’ll have enough confidence to rely on my cell phone for doing its job.

    Casey Ulrich on

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