How To Activate a Phone on Tracfone

What is a Phone?

A mobile phone is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls over a radio frequency link while the user moves within a telephone service area, as opposed to a fixed-location phone.

How To Activate a Phone on Tracfone

The activation process

Once you’ve chosen a new device from our selection of cell phones, you can use our online activation system. The Customer Care Center is always available for help at 800-867-7183, as is our tech support center if you have any questions. Here’s how to activate your new phone and get it up and running.

  1. Select “Activate”
  2. Select “I have a Tracfone phone”
  3. Enter the phone’s IMEI/MEID/Serial Number (located on the red activation card that came with the phone)
  4. Review and accept Tracfone’s Terms & Conditions

Continue answering the prompts based on your needs. You can also transfer your phone number and any remaining minutes to your new phone at this time, as well. However, if you are switching from a smartphone to a basic phone, you will not be able to transfer any remaining minutes.

Can you use a TracFone without activation?

This is Mae from TracFone Wireless. Yes. You can use the phone that way, but keep in mind that not all features will work. On the other hand, please know that the device already comes with a pre-installed SIM card.

Do Tracfones need to be activated?

Activating a TracFone Brand Phone

Use this method if you’ve purchased a phone from TracFone and are ready to activate your service. If you don’t have internet access, you can call TracFone support at 1-800-867-7183 to complete the activation. Make sure your phone is charged before you begin the activation process.

How long does it take a TracFone to activate?

In most areas, your service will be activated instantly. In some other areas, it may take up to 24 hours.

How long can a TracFone be inactive?


Notwithstanding your Service End Date, Tracfone reserves the right to deactivate any phone for which there is no voice, text or data usage for a period of six (6) consecutive months for smartphones and twelve (12) consecutive months for other phones.