How to Check Your Minutes Balance on Tracfone Smartphones
Below we share how you can check your airtime on Tracfone smartphones. If you’re new to Tracfone, consider taking a look at our Beginners Guide to Tracfone (opens in new window).
|Check Airtime Balance on Tracfone Smartphone|
On older, non Android phones, airtime and service days are displayed on the home screen and via the prepaid menu for easy monitoring.
But on Android Smartphones, there is no automatic menu or display for your airtime. So how can you check your balance? We will answer that here, with several different ways!
Tracfone is a prepaid cell phone service provider that also sells phones to use with their service. They have a wide variety of phones, from flip phones to touchscreen smartphones. Visit our Cell Phone Reviews page to see the options including some of the latest Android devices.
On Android smartphones, minutes are not treated the same as on feature phones, they are split into three buckets for texts/talk/data.
It is always important to keep track of your airtime and service days with Tracfone because if you run out of minutes or service days, you can’t make any calls. Now with your texts, talk and data split into different buckets for Android phones, it is even more important to keep track of how many of each you have remaining. Take a look at our explanation of How Minutes Work on Android Phones for more information.
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Well, if you’re having trouble checking your airtime on a Tracfone smartphone, we’ve got an easy solution for you, actually we have four different solutions!
4 Ways to Check your Tracfone Balance on Smartphones
Because it is so important to manage your airtime with Tracfone, we’ve included four different ways to check your balance! Not all of these methods will work for everyone, but hopefully you can find a convenient way to check your balance.
1. Use the Tracfone My Account App
|Tracfone Airtime Widget on Android|
The Tracfone App (follow the link to it on Google Play) is a helpful app you can download on your Android phone and use to check your balance.
Once you download the app you can enter your details and keep up with your remaining minutes.
You can even add a widget to your home-screen that will display your airtime, much like on older feature phones!
Step by Step Guide for Getting the Tracfone My Account App:
Step 1 – Go to the Google Play Store on your phone (you should have an app on your homescreen that takes you there) and search for ‘Tracfone My Account’. Select the app and choose ‘Install’
Step 2 – Once the app is installed, launch it and enter your Tracfone account login details. If you don’t already have a Tracfone account, simply go to the Tracfone website and create one.
Step 3 – Use the app to check your remaining balance. At this point you can also install a widget on your homescreen so you can always view your balance. To do this, select the option on your phone to view all apps, and then look for a list of widgets, and select the Tracfone My Account widget.
If you don’t have the space for this app on your phone, or want to check your balance online, you can use any of the following methods.
2. View Your Airtime on the Tracfone Website
You can always go to the Tracfone website, whether from your phone or on a computer, and log in and view your account details. From there you can check your airtime balance and it should show your remaining minutes, and/or send you a free text with this information.
Speaking of texts, you can now buy extra text messages for your phone. Read our analysis of the new Text Message card and more!
3. Use the Following URL to Check your Airtime Balance:
Some readers shared this easy trick for checking your airtime balance. It appears to sometimes redirect users to log into their Tracfone account, but it is a convenient method if it works.
You can enter the following URL to check your balance:
“https://www.tracfone.com/direct/CheckBalance?input_phone=1234567890” (replace 1234567890 with your phone number, and don’t include the “” quotation marks). You should get a text with your balance.
And finally, some users are reporting the easiest way to check your balance, but it doesn’t work for everyone.
4. Call *777*1# from your Smartphone to Check your Balance
|Check your Tracfone Balance from your Phone!|
This is by far the fastest and easiest way to check your airtime on a Tracfone Smartphone or BYOP device. However, it only works for some devices. A number of readers have reported they are unable to use this, so if you try it and it doesn’t work, use one of the other methods above.
All you do is call *777*1# and you should get a pop-up within a few seconds that shows your talk, text and data. If you get something else, or an error, then it doesn’t work on your phone.
Bonus! Enter your Phone Number on this Page to See Your Airtime Balance:
Visit http://www.fastactportal.com/static/balance and enter your phone number to retrieve your balance.
|Bonus Method for Checking your Airtime|
This appears to work for both smartphones and non-smartphones, and will display your service days as well. You can bookmark that site on your phone or computer, and check it at your convenience.
Tracking your airtime is important, so that you don’t run out at an inconvenient time when you really need the phone. You can make your life a little easier by looking into the Tracfone Family Value Plan, Tracfone Service Protection, Auto-Refill, or other monthly plans.
Tracfone has expanded their options for monthly and automatic renewal plans, and they can be a good fit for many. You can sign up on the Tracfone website, and cancel at any time.
If you’re shopping for a smartphone, be sure to check out our List of the Best Tracfone Smartphones in 2017, which includes some of best current smartphones available from Tracfone. And see our post on the Major Differences between Android and Non-Android phones from Tracfone.
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Originally published on 2/272015 and updated on 8/10/2016.