How to Activate Your TracFone

by Jessica Hughey ; Updated September 28, 2017

TracFone is a well-known prepaid cell phone provider. The task of activating a new cell phone may seem daunting to some, but, fortunately, the TracFone website provides everything you need to activate your new TracFone quickly and easily, online. By visiting their website and following the easy directions, your phone will be activated and ready to use in 24 hours or less. If a lack of Internet access is a problem, a quick call to TracFone's customer service department will allow you to activate your TracFone over the telephone.

Activating Your TracFone Online

Open your Internet browser and navigate to TracFone's website (see Resources). Click on the green button that reads "Activate Phone, Add or Buy Airtime" in the right column of the page. On the next page, click on the blue button that reads "Activate/Reactivate Phone" in the top menu.

Choose whether you would like to activate your TracFone with a brand new number, transfer an existing TracFone number to your new phone or transfer a number from another cell phone service provider to TracFone. In the next section, click on the picture that most closely resembles your new TracFone and click the "Submit" button.

On the next page, if you are not already registered with TracFone, click on the "Register" button under "New Online Customer." Fill out all the required personal information and your TracFone serial number, which can be found on the red activation card in your TracFone package or in your phone's "Prepaid" menu. Click "Submit." If you are already registered with TracFone's website, just sign in with your user ID or email address and password, then click the "Sign In" button. Enter your phone's serial number and click on "Submit." After a short delay, the web page will refresh and your new phone will be activated.


  • If you choose to transfer a number from another cell phone provider, TracFone will create a ticket to initiate the process of contacting the other carrier and transferring the number. This may take longer than activating your TracFone with a new number. Before you begin, make sure your phone is ready for activation by ensuring the battery is installed and fully charged, the phone is powered on and that the SIM card is installed and seated fully and correctly. Also, check the backlight that lights up the phone's display screen to make sure it is turned up.

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Jessica Hughey has been a freelance writer since 1995. She is certified in Microsoft Word and Excel and has worked as a technical support representative for a major software publisher. Hughey maintains several personal blogs and her work has appeared in various online publications. She attended Cleary University in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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