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Dual SIM with eSIM

An eSIM is a digital SIM that lets you activate a cellular plan without a real nano-SIM. The iPhone 13 Pro Max, 13 Pro, 13 mini, and 13 mini all support Dual SIM with two active eSIMs, or a nano-SIM and an eSIM. In addition to the dual SIM, Apple's iPhone 12 and 11 have a nano-SIM and an eSIM.

What is Dual SIM?

  • Use two separate numbers for business and personal calls.
  • When travelling abroad, add a local data plan.
  • Keep voice and data separate.
  • Both phone numbers may make and receive audio and Face Time calls, as well as SMS and MMS messages.
  • An iPhone can only use one cellular data network.
  • To use 5G with Dual SIM on an iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, or 12 Pro Max, you must have IOS 14.5 or later.

Needs

  • IOS 12.1 or later is required for the iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR.
  • ESIM-compatible wireless carriers
  • Your iPhone must be unlocked to use two carriers. They must be from the same country. Your second SIM won't work if your first SIM is CDMA. For further info, contact your carrier. If you have a business or corporate mobile phone plan, ask your administrator if this feature is supported.

Set up your eSIM plan.

2 phone numbers.

Dual SIM status icons:

  • Change to cell phone data number
  • Set up your cell phone:
  • Delete eSIM

Set up your eSIM plan.

On the iPhone 13 Pro Max, 13 Pro, and 13 mini, you can use two eSIMs for two or more cellular plans, or a physical nano-SIM for one plan and an eSIM for another.

On the iPhone 12, 11, XS, XS Max, and XR, you can utilise a physical nano-SIM for one plan and an eSIM for another. An eSIM can replace a nano-SIM if your carrier supports it. Your carrier's eSIM is digitally stored on your iPhone.

Here's how to do it.