How to Recharge a TracFone

By Julie Maria Anderson

TracFones are cell phones used by people who do not want high monthly bills or contracts. Most phones provided by TracFone are basic models, allowing you to make calls and possibly send text messages. Although the charging process may vary slightly by model, recharging a TracFone is not difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • Plug-in charger or car charger

Step 1

If your battery needs to be recharged, your TracFone will display a low battery message. If the battery signal looks strong, according to TracFone.com, you may want to make sure your airtime minutes are current.

Step 2

Find your battery charger. Most TracFones come with two kinds of chargers. The plug-in charger, with two prongs on the end, plugs into a wall outlet. The car charger, with a round plug on the end, plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter.

Step 3

Plug one end of the charger into your TracFone, then plug the other end into the wall outlet or car cigarette lighter. The phone will display “charging” on the screen.

Step 4

When your TracFone has finished charging, the phone’s display will indicate that the charge is complete. At this time, you can unplug your phone and use it as normal. You have successfully recharged your TracFone.

Tips & Warnings

  • According to CellPower.com, always charge your cell phone battery completely before using it the first time.
  • The expected life of the average cell phone battery is 400 to 500 charges, or one to two years, states CellPower.com.