eSIM is also known as embedded sim, which is an alternative to the physical SIM that we have been using for long. With eSIM you will be able to use the physical SIM card slot in your iPhone to add another network sim card. Here is how to set up eSIM in iPhone for Airtel and Jio in India.
How to set up eSIM in an iPhone 12, 13 and 14
Set up of eSIM in iPhone is an easy process. Once the setup is done, activation works in the same way as a physical SIM card,
The only difference being that there’s no physical card to insert into your device.
To set up an eSIM in an iPhone, you should first contact your carrier and activate it.
After activation is completed, you will receive either a QR code or confirmation code in your email that is registered with your carrier.
To activate the sim, follow the process, and you may need to scan the QR code that you have received from the carrier.
Airtel and Jio customers in India have similar process to be followed to activate your eSIM.
To start with the process, Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap Mobile Data.
- Select “Add Data Plan.“
- You will get an option to scan the QR code provided by your carrier that you received in your inbox. You can also enter the confirmation code manually.
- After scanning the code, you will be shown with some instructions that you may need to follow. Complete the process and you will be done.
- It may take some time for things to get activated and you start receiving the signal.
- You will receive a call from the carrier regarding the confirmation.
Once you have completed the setup process, your eSIM should be activated, and you can use your phone normally.
Can we use two eSIM in an iPhone?
This is a common question asked by people as it they can use two eSIM.
For now the option is not yet available in iPhone or any Android phones, Most carriers only allow one eSIM to be active at a time.
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We can do a workaround with this as we can have two Sim cards in the phone, one eSIM and one physical sim card.
The second SIM which is a physical SIM is easy to set up.
You just need to insert the physical SIM to the card slot in your phone and all done.
You will start receiving the signal instantly if the sim is active.
Where to Insert an eSIM Card in iPhone
eSIM not being a physical sim cannot be inserted in your iPhone.
It’s an embedded SIM which is stored as information from the carrier inside your phone.
You may not be able to transfer an eSIM directly like a physical SIM.
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Transferring eSIM is easy, you just need to transfer the mobile data information from one phone to another which supports eSIM.
Else, you can send a request to your carrier regarding the same.
One disadvantage for using eSIM is that if you frequently switch phones, then transferring of your SIM will be difficult with eSIM.
Benefits of using an eSIM
Some advantages of using eSIM are the following.
Convenience – Usually there are many cases where people damage their SIM card or over time in a phone.
It may be due to water condensation or dust, the SIM card could get damaged and may not connect to the network.
An eSIM avoids all issues like these.
Flexibility – If you travel abroad a lot then an eSIM would be a great option for you
This is because switching between carriers would be easy.
As there is no physical SIM card needed, you can just request for the QR code from the carrier and scan it.
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Data plans can be easily added to your phone in any location using eSIM making it an easy option for people who go to other countries.
More Storage – This does not apply for an iPhone, buy mostly would suit any Android phone.
As iPhone does not support memory cards, you may not be able to increase the storage capacity.
When it comes to an Android phone, you can add a memory card to the SIM slot if it has that feature and expand the storage.
Dual SIM feature – Most people nowadays have two phones number.
This was a limitation with people using iPhone earlier as it was having only one SIM slot.
eSIM solves that issue as it provides dual sim capabilities to iPhone.
You can use the eSIM option as well as add a physical SIM of another service provider.
How many eSIM can be used in an iPhone?
As of now, till the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, we will be able to use only one eSIM and 1 physical sim.
There are many advantages of having an eSIM over physical SIM.
Still, some people like to have physical SIM over eSIM. This is because of the ease of transfer from one phone to another.
eSIM are the future as more and more popular carriers support this feature.
For future iPhone like iPhone 15 or later in which Apple is planning to have a port less and slot less phones. There will be only eSIM support.
This would help manufacturers to utilize the space needed for the SIM slot in battery capacity and also better cooling, making the phones better in time.