How to Retrieve Cell Phone Messages From a Tracfone

Updated February 21, 2017

Tracfone provides their customers with prepaid, no-contract cell phones that have some of the widest nationwide coverage. If you're like many people, you probably use your phone to text more often than you use it to make calls. Which means that you probably have a few important messages that you don't want to lose. Retrieving your cell phone messages from your Tracfone and backing them up on your computer only takes a few minutes to set up.

Get a cell phone data sync kit. This includes a data cable and software that will allow you to back up all of the information on your Tracfone to your computer. You can purchase these online (see Resources) or from a local cell phone or computer shop. As of 2010, these cost between £7.10 and £19.40.

Insert the CD-ROM that came with the kit into the drive of your computer. The installation wizard will ask you if you'd like to install the application. Click “Yes” and follow the instructions. In addition to installing the software application that organises your data, it will also install the drivers that allow the computer and the data cable to communicate.

Plug the data cable into the bottom of your Tracfone, and plug the other end into the USB port on your computer.

Go to the Start menu then to “File” then to “Synchronize Data.” This will download all of your contacts, text messages and other data to your desktop application. Your Tracfone is now backed up.

Things You'll Need

  • USB data cable
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Palmer Owyoung holds a Master of Arts in international business from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a trained molecular biologist. He has been a freelance writer since 2006. In addition to writing, he is a full-time Forex trader and Internet marketer.