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What is an eSIM iPhone and How Does it Work?

An eSIM is like a digital version of the old-school SIM card. Instead of a tiny card you might lose, an eSIM is built right into your iPhone. It’s super handy because you can switch between different phone companies without needing a new SIM card each time.

For those who’ve only known the struggle of trying to fit that tiny chip into your phone, this is a game-changer. So, how does an eSIM differ from a non-eSIM iPhone? Simply put, it’s all about convenience and flexibility—no more hunting for a paperclip to eject your SIM card tray!

Is My iPhone eSIM Compatible?

Most iPhones from the XR and XS models forward are eSIM-ready. According to Apple, you can check if your iPhone is eSIM compatible by following these steps:

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Mobile Data.
  • Tap Convert to eSIM.
  • If you can’t see Convert to eSIM, your network provider doesn’t support this option. Contact your network provider to move your phone number from your physical SIM to an eSIM using eSIM Carrier Activation or by scanning a QR code.

How to Install eSIM on Your iPhone

  • QR Code or Manual Info: Make sure you have your eSIM details handy.
  • Scan or Input: Navigate through Settings > Cellular > Add Cellular Plan. Scan your QR code or type in your eSIM information.
  • Once you get the thumbs-up (aka a confirmation message), your eSIM is all set.

How to Activate an eSIM on My iPhone

  • Go to Settings: Tap that gear icon on your home screen.
  • Head to Cellular: Find and tap on “Cellular” or “Mobile Data,” then select “Add Cellular Plan.”
  • Scan or Enter Details: Use your camera to scan the QR code your carrier gave you, or manually enter the details they provided.

How Do I Check My eSIM Network on My iPhone?

  • Open Settings and tap on “Cellular.”
  • Your eSIM and any physical SIMs will be listed here, along with the network names they’re associated with.

How Do I Get an eSIM from My Provider?

  • Contact Your Carrier: Reach out to your current provider and express your interest in switching to or adding an eSIM plan.
  • Follow Their Steps: They might direct you to their app, website, or send you a QR code via email or a text message.
  • Activation: Once you have your QR code or details, head back to the activation steps mentioned above and follow through.

Embracing the eSIM technology on your iPhone means saying goodbye to the days of SIM card adapters and the tiny ejector tool. Whether you’re a globe-trotter switching between carriers or someone who loves the ease of managing services digitally, eSIMs offer a level of convenience that’s hard to beat. Welcome to the future of cellular connectivity, where your iPhone keeps you connected, no physical SIM required.

Since you’re already here, did you know that Swappie iPhones are up to 40% cheaper than new, and come with a one-year warranty and 14-day free return? Our iPhones are also refurbished in Europe by an in-house team of expert technicians. Trade in your old iPhone and save even more on your next upgrade!

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