How To Prepare Your Phone For Your Next Vacation

Eager to board your next flight? First, learn how to prep your cell phone for domestic and international travel.

Excited to use your Tracfone cell phone on your next great adventure? We’re sure you’ll love it – but there are a couple of things to take into consideration before you make way for your destination. Here, we’ll explore a few key travel features on your device while providing pointers designed to prepare your cell phone for European travel, cross-country excursions, and much more.

Quick answer: To make travel simple, use your cell phone’s airplane mode, download offline maps, and use battery-saver mode to extend battery life.

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Connect to Wi-Fi

Leaving the country? Unlike domestic travel, when you travel internationally, you won’t be able to use data, make calls, or send texts on your Tracfone device. But there’s a bright side – you can still connect to Wi-Fi hotspots without a hassle, which makes it simple to reach out to loved ones via social media or Wi-Fi enabled messaging apps while you’re at your hotel or enjoying a new restaurant.

Save battery power

Whether you’re touring a museum or relaxing with your toes in the sand, it’s important to preserve your phone’s battery while traveling – especially if you rely on a digital translator or travel app. As you move from place to place, your device works tirelessly to keep you connected. However, when you’re not using your phone, signal searching isn’t always necessary. Switching on airplane mode disables your cellular service, helping preserve battery life.

Alternatively, your phone may have a battery-saver mode. This basically turns off non-essential features in order to stretch your battery life to the max.

Download offline apps

Many popular travel apps let you download maps and other content right onto your phone.

Exploring new places is tough if you don’t know where to go. Fortunately, many popular travel apps (like Google Maps, Tripit and Here WeGo) let you download and save maps and other content right onto your phone. This content can then be accessed even when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile network, making it that much easier to find your destination without getting lost.

Explore freely

Ready to kick off your next vacation? If you’re traveling within the U.S., make sure to replenish your minutes, texts, and mobile data with Tracfone plans before you leave. If you need to make phone calls outside of the country, consider picking up a $10 Global Calling Card.