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eSIM on iPhone: How to Set It Up

Setting up an eSIM on your iPhone is a straightforward process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the setup:


  • An iPhone that supports eSIM (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or later models).
  • A carrier that supports eSIM.
  • A strong Wi-Fi connection (recommended).

Steps to Set Up an eSIM on your iPhone:

  1. Get your eSIM details from your cCarrier:
  • Contact your carrier to get the eSIM details. You may receive a QR code, activation code, or a carrier app with the necessary information.
  1. Open Settings on your iPhone:
  • Go to “Settings” on your iPhone.
  1. Access Cellular Settings:
  • Tap on “Cellular” or “Mobile Data”.
  1. Add Cellular Plan:
  • Tap on “Add Cellular Plan”.
  1. Scan the QR Code or enter details:
  • If you have a QR code: uUse your iPhone camera to scan the QR code provided by your carrier.
  • If you have an activation code or need to enter details manually,: fFollow the instructions provided by your carrier to enter the necessary information.
  1. After adding the eSIM, you’ll be prompted to
  • Label your eSIM: This helps in managing multiple eSIMsplans (e.g., Primary, Secondary, Personal, Business).
  • Set your Default Line: Choose which line you want to use as default for iMessage, FaceTime, and data. You can also do this by going to “Settings” > “Cellular” > “Default Voice Line” and selecting the line you prefer.
  1. Configure Data Usage:  
  • Decide which line to use for cellular data. Go to “Settings” > “Cellular” > “Cellular Data” and select the line you want to use for data.
  1. Enable Dual SIM (if applicable):
  • If you have a physical SIM and an eSIM, you can use both simultaneously. Configure how you want calls, texts, and data on each line.

Tips for Using eSIM:

  • Switching Lines: You can switch between lines for calls and texts by going to “Settings” > “Cellular” and choosing the desired line.
  • Carrier Apps: Some carriers have apps that can make managing eSIM settings easier. Check with your carrier for any available apps.
  • Roaming: Ensure that your eSIM plan includes roaming if you plan to travel internationally.

Setting up an eSIM on your iPhone enhances flexibility and convenience, allowing you to manage multiple cellular plans without the need for a physical SIM card swap. If you encounter any issues, consult your carrier’s support resources for assistance.