An Android phone without a SIM card can still be used as a WiFi-only device to send messages, make phone calls, surf the web, and do almost anything that can be done on a smartphone with an active cellular plan.
Use an Android phone without a SIM card or phone number
Smartphones and SIM cards are like Siamese twins and it is difficult to imagine one without the other.
However, getting a SIM card also means getting a contract, paying monthly fees, taxes, and other fees to use the network of service providers.
If for some reason you don’t want to subscribe or spend money on a cell phone plan, you can still use your Android phone as a WiFi only device.
Even without an active SIM card and phone number, your phone can send and receive messages, surf the Internet, use Google Maps, play videos, watch movies, and perform other tasks over the free WiFi network.
1. Activate Android phone without SIM card
The first hurdle you need to overcome to start using an Android phone without an active cellular plan is to activate your device without using a SIM card.
When you start setting up a new or factory reset Android phone, you’ll be prompted to insert the SIM card, but most Android phones let you skip the “Insert SIM card” prompt and complete the setup process.
Just press the power button to start your phone > dismiss the “Insert SIM card” prompt > select language > select yours WiFi network > Enter the WiFi network password and follow the prompts to complete the setup process.
2. Use VOIP apps for text messaging, voice and video calling
Without a SIM card, your Android phone doesn’t have a phone number associated with it that other users can use to contact or call you.
However, there are many popular ones VOIP Apps like WhatsApp, Google Voice, TextNow, Telegram and others that can be used to send text messages and make voice and video calls.
Perhaps the most popular among these is WhatsApp, which allows its users to make free voice and video calls with anyone located anywhere in the world.
Although WhatsApp verifies its users using a phone number, it is still possible to use WhatsApp without a phone number or SIM card.
3. Use Chrome browser to surf the web
It is very likely that your Android phone already has the Chrome browser installed. If not, you can download and install Chrome app from the Google Play Store on your Android device.
4. Project movies and videos from Android phone to TV
If you’re like most users, you probably want to use your smartphone to seek entertainment, learn new skills, and acquire knowledge.
These requirements can be easily met by YouTube, which comes preinstalled on most Android phones.
In addition to YouTube, you can download Netflix, Amazon Prime and others from the Google Play Store to meet your entertainment needs.
If you have a Chromecast device, you can project movies and videos from Android phone to the bigger screen of your home TV.
5. Use Google Maps offline
Even if your Android phone isn’t connected to a cellular network, you can still enjoy turn-by-turn voice navigation by using Google Maps in offline mode.
Because your Android phone isn’t connected to the internet, you won’t get live traffic updates and location-based alerts, but you’ll still get accurate turn-by-turn directions.
6. Use Skype to call landline
Microsoft’s Skype app can be used to get your own Skype phone number and call both cell phones and landlines in North America for a small monthly fee.
Google’s Hangouts dialer App is another great service that allows you to make free calls to landlines and cell phones within North America.
If you have a Gmail account, you can use Google Hangouts and you don’t need an active SIM card installed on your phone to use Hangouts.