eSIM? what does it mean to you? How to activate?

If you could drive yourself some years ago it is impossible to make wireless calls the new era has changed with eSIM and from Nokia, Samsung and many mobile companies are doing SIM card supported handsets. so, if you imagine you were able to make calls without the use of physical SIM?

Yes, it is possible! Apple introduced e-SIM support for your mobile. let’s dig into this topic and explore the e-SIM concept, activation process in the USA(Verizon Wireless, T-mobile, At & T), U.K.(Vodafone), U.A.E. and India(Airtel and Jio).

In this post you will able to know:

  • what is e-SIM?
  • which devices support e-SIM?
  • How operators support e-SIM?
  • How e-SIM is our future?
  • the activation process for e-SIM through the globe with popular operators(Verizon Wireless, T-mobile, AT&T, Rogers wireless, Bell mobility, DU, Etisalat, Airtel, Jio, Orange)

What is eSIM?

The recent evolution in the SIM technology released some times ago is eSIM. eSIM is programmable chip it is soldered on the handset’s motherboard. the idea behind is converting iPhone to dual SIM phone without giving actual dual slot, increase in the size of the SIM slot. Apple invented this concept and deployed in the first apple watch and iPhone

you do not require physical SIM card, only one thing that active data plan and service. This e-SIM is based on embedded SIM standard released by the SIM authority. Plus point is that this chip is fully programmable, you can change your carrier without the requirement of physical SIM.

an eSIM is not removable very tiny chip can accumulate only some millimeter amount of space in the motherboard, it is easily possible to change operator from the e-SIM concept. this point makes e-SIM into spotlight although it is popular that this e-SIM might be our future of network operators.

this e-SIM is currently supporting in the iPhone XR, XS, XS-MAX and some pixel devices. for a device which supports e-SIM should also require carriers to have backbone support for it. this only requires permissions, device & SIM identity.

e-sim chip

which devices support eSIM?

e-SIM would be the best option for you. only selected carriers in the worldwide are USA (t-mobile, Verizon wireless, at&t), United Kingdom ( EE Group, Vodafone) India (Airtel an Jio).

more than smartphones there are many smart watches, fitness bands are supports e-SIM. Apple iPhone Xr, Xs, XS-MAX, some from pixel devices like Google pixel 2, Pixel 3 lineup are supported e-SIM. e-SIM is not so cheap technology, currently only available in the flagship devices.

mid range or entry-level smartphone is yet not on the list of e-SIM. e-SIM might be the future for all of us but currently this technology in the initial stage there are many iterations and updated required for it.

esim support iPhone
iPhone e-SIM support

Google already released e-SIM manager app for android 8.1(Oreo) devices. which includes activation, authentication, and status checking for devices. but android 9.0 has built-in support for e-SIM.

How operators support eSIM?

embedded SIM is truly a new concept which is going to take some time for operators to switch on it. some of the fast-moving operators are already started giving support for e-SIM.

there is not going to make any kind loss by switching to e-SIM for operators but customers can get more befit from it.

  • the activation process for e-SIM is much easier than traditional SIM.
  • can be easily switched to new operators
  • helps operators to reduce the use of plastic chips and making magnetic chips.

How eSIM is our future?

GSMA is the organization who announced e-SIM standard. besides that, the Apple, Samsung many other telecom operators like AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison, Airtel, Jio are ready to onboard for eSIM. this e-SIM how can make you useful in the future?

e-SIM makes you easily switch the current operator to a new operator without going to operator showroom and store.

esim chip
e-SIM chip credit: Infineon

with my personal experience, I learned that e-SIM gives you higher data speeds and makes your call quality bit superiority high. upon time goes traditional SIMS makes your call quality and data speeds bit slower. e-SIM can better option to overcome these problems.

if you are planning for a long duration of holidays in the abroad. if you imagine that how it is time-consuming to purchase a travel SIM card from abroad country and activation time and a lot of other processes can hell your enjoy the time. e-SIM can easily change the operator to currently activated number and rest of the things are very easy.

How eSIM work in a practical way?

if your handset is in the standby mode, you are traveling to abroad only you want to use second SIM as a data mode, you can easily switch to data mode.

alternatively, you can use this SIM to receive calls with keeping yourself in the only incoming or standby mode.

How to activate e-SIM on your iPhone XR/XS-MAX or on Pixel 2/Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL?

If you are belonging to the USA for activation of eSIM(Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular)

Verizon Wireless(eSIM)

esim verizon wireless

  1. First, if you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to get Verizon service for your e-SIM.
    • If you’re new to Verizon, you can sign-up for Verizon service by downloading the My Verizon app from the Apple® App Store®, then follow the instructions to confirm eligibility and set up your account
    • If you already have Verizon service using your iPhone’s physical SIM card, you’ll need to contact us to add service to your e-SIM
  2. Once you’ve signed up for Verizon service, you’ll need to set up your iPhone. For this step, you’ll need to display the QR code below with a computer or tablet, then follow these steps on your iPhone to scan it:
    1. Tap Settings
    2. Tap Cellular
    3. Tap Add Cellular Plan
    4. Scan the QR code below
Verizon wireless QR code
Verizon wireless QR code

3. If prompted to select a default line, choose your new Verizon line for voice, messaging and data.

4. Wait for installation process to complete.

5. Once you see Cellular Plan Added notification, begin using your new Verizon service.

T-Mobile (eSIM)

esim t-mobile

  1. Download and install T-Mobile eSIM app from the Apple App Store.
  2. Open the app, and review the welcome screen.
  3. Tap Get Started.
  4. Enter your email address, and tap Next. (If you already have T-Mobile, you’ll need to use a different email address that’s not used with a T-Mobile ID.)
  5. If prompted, tap Settings and enable Location Services for the app. Set it to While using the App.
  6. Enter the address for the primary place you’ll use T-Mobile service, usually your home, and tap Next.
  7. Make sure your address is correct on the pop-up, and tap Confirm.
  8. Choose your prepaid plan, and tap Next. (Tap See plan details for more information on the plans.)
  9. Review the Service terms, and tap Accept if you agree.
  10. Enter your credit card information (including the CVC/CCC and billing zip code), and tap Next.
  11. Review your order to make sure everything looks correct.
  12. Enter a new PIN, confirm it, and tap Submit.
  13. Wait while we set up your T-Mobile service.
  14. On the “Install Cellular Plan” screen, tap Continue to download and install your eSIM profile.
  15. Tap Add Cellular Plan.
  16. Label your cellular plans for easy identification, and tap Continue.
  17. Choose which line you want to use as your default line, and tap Continue.
  18. Once that’s complete, the screen shows your new phone number and lets you view your receipt.
  19. If you want to use a phone number from another provider or from another line, contact us to get this started.


esim at&t

For iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

1. Go to Settings, then Cellular.

2. Select Add cellular plan.

3. Open and point your camera at the QR code on your eSIM activation card until you see a message that says Installing cellular plan.

4. You’re all set! Your eSIM is now downloaded and installed.

For Samsung Galaxy Watch

1. Turn on your watch.

2. Open the Galaxy Wearable app to pair it with your phone.

3. Follow the app prompts to activate your watch on our network and complete the NumberSync sign-in process.

If you are belonging to Canada (eSIM)

Rogers Wireless

esim rogers wireless

Steps to follow for Business customers to activate an eSIM card on dual SIM iPhones.

eSIM activations are only available on Bring Your Own Device plans.

eSIM cards are only available to Business customers through Rogers Direct.


  • You need an iPhone XS, XS Max or XR with iOS 12.1 or later.
  • Make sure you have an internet connection (WiFi or LTE).

Follow these steps to activate an eSIM card:

 Go to Settings > Cellular.
Tap Add Cellular Plan.
Use your iPhone to scan the eSIM voucher (QR code). If the code does not scan, clean your lens and try again. If the eSIM card does not activate, restart your device and try again. You cannot activate the eSIM by using the Enter Details Manually link.

Bell Mobility

esim bell mobility
bell mobility

If you are belonging to the United Kingdom for activation of eSIM(EE limited, Vodafone)


esim vodafone
esim vodafone

If you’ve received a replacement Apple Watch, you can activate your service using My Vodafone

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Go to Account settings
  3. Go to Swap your SIM
  4. Choose your watch from the drop-down list
  5. Click Go to eSIM swap
  6. Paste or type in your eSIM ID number (EID)

You’ll receive an email when it’s completed, at which point you can set up your new device

If you are belonging to UAE


esim du

After you receive the eSIM voucher from us, please refer to the user guide of your handset to see how you can download the eSIM.
•    Ensure that the device is connected to the internet through WiFi
•    Ensure that your device has the latest software version that supports eSIM
•    Go to the phone settings to activate eSIM and choose the cellular plan option
•    Once you select the plan, the phone will prompt for the camera to be activated (or open the camera automatically).
•    Once your camera is activated, scan the QR code and follow the instructions on your screen.
Note: The image below is for a specific brand. Each brand/model may have different activation options. Please refer to the user guide of your handset to see how you can activate the eSIM on your device.
Once the eSIM is activated, you will get a notification.
Important: When you are trying to activate the eSIM, please ensure that your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
If you are using two SIMs on your handset, you will need to configure one as a primary SIM and the other as a secondary SIM. This can be done once your eSIM is activated.


esim etisalat

Ensure that the device is connected to the internet through WiFi

• Ensure that your device has the latest software version that supports eSIM

• Go to phone settings to activate eSIM and choose the cellular plan option

• Once you select the plan, the phone will prompt for the camera to be activated (or open the camera automatically).

• Once your camera is activated, scan the QR code and follow the instructions on your screen.

• If you are using two SIMs on your handset, you will need to configure one as a primary SIM and the other as a secondary SIM. This can be done once your eSIM is activated.

The eSIM comes with a one-time charge, plus VAT:

Du charges

• Dh20 if you’re transferring from a normal SIM to an eSIM. During the launch, it will waive off this charge till December 31, 2018.

• Dh55 if you are subscribing to a new prepaid connection

• Dh125 if you are subscribing to a new postpaid connection

Etisalat charges

• Dh25 if you’re transferring from a normal SIM to an eSIM.

• Dh55 if you are subscribing to a new prepaid connection.

• Dh125 if you are subscribing to a new postpaid connection.

If you are belonging to India for activation of eSIM

currently, in India, only two operators are providing e-SIM services(Airtel and Jio)


esim airtel

  1. To start with, you need to send an SMS with your email ID to 121 in the format ‘eSIM<SPACE>email’.
  2. After this, you will receive a confirmation SMS and a call confirming that you sent a request to convert your physical SIM to an eSIM.
  3. This will be followed by an email that contains a QR code. This QR code needs to be scanned using the iPhone on which you want to set up the digital SIM.
  4. To scan the QR code, open the Settings app on your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR and head to the Mobile Data option.
  5. Here, tap on the Data Plan option and scan the QR code. remember, the code can be scanned only once.
  6. Now, you will be prompted to add the Airtel data plan on the eSIM. Just tap on Add Data Plan at the bottom on the screen to do the same. You will be able to set this profile as primary or secondary.
  7. Next you have to choose which number (the physical SIM or the eSIM) you want to use for calls and data.
  8. There will be a small period when your number will become inactive while it transfers from a physical SIM to a digital SIM. During this period, which lasts a few minutes, you will not be able to make calls, send SMSes, or access mobile data on the iPhone unit.
  9. Once this transfer is over, you will see the secondary eSIM profile in your Mobile Data settings.

Jio (eSIM)

esim jio
esim jio

To activate, simply take your new iPhone and visit any JioStore or Reliance Digital outlet.

You’ll be asked to fill up a CAF form with required details, including your Jio number and the IMEI of the iPhone.

Then, an executive will verify your details and generate a QR code with a point-of-sale machine.

This code, when scanned with the iPhone, will enable Jio’s eSIM.

If you are belonging to France(orange)


esim orange
esim orange

eSIM supporting devices:

  • Currently only iPhone XS, XS Max and XR
  • Samsung and Huawei devices at a later stage
  • In the near future, eSIM will be used in wearable, Smart Homes as well as in cars

Switching your current SIM to an eSIM

You can subscribe to a new line, or trade your current SIM to an eSIM, provided that your device supports SIM.

Activating the eSIM

  • Make sure your device is connected to the internet through a Wi-Fi connection and has the latest software version that supports eSIM.
  • To activate the eSIM, go to Network Settings on your device, scan the QR code using your camera, and follow the instructions.
  • Wait until your device connects to the network, and the eSIM will then be ready to use.


with this e-SIM concept and standard, this is surely going to make proud to be the best in class technology. though Apple will get a credit for inventing this innovation it will surely replace this useless plastic chip SIM and marks on the embedded SIM. this will also help in making less production of plastic and reduce more wastage.

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