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How to set up a data eSIM on an Android device

Learn how to set up your eSIM as a secondary sim (dual sim) for data on your Android device by following the steps below.

How dual sim (physical + eSIM) Android devices operate is explained below.

eSIM compatibility is provided by Google's new Pixel 3 series, which includes the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, as well as the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. This means that the device has two SIM card slots: one for a physical SIM card and another for an eSIM. The eSIM card works in the same way as a traditional SIM card in that it stores the data your device needs to connect to the network, but it is integrated into your device and cannot be removed.

eSIMs are fantastic, and they will allow you to reap the benefits of a dual-sim setup in a variety of ways:

When travelling abroad, purchase a local data plan that will be used for internet connectivity, and keep your primary phone number only for the purpose of receiving text messages.

Use two phone numbers: one for work and another for personal communication.

Purchase a low-cost voice plan that includes your primary phone number, and then purchase a specific data plan that includes an eSIM plan.

What do you recommend as my primary line?

Your physical SIM card can be used as your primary SIM card on your Android device, or vice versa, depending on your preferences (if your main operator allows eSIM).

We believe it is preferable to keep your physical sim as your primary line so that you can use your eSIM as a disposable sim when travelling, which will work with any (mostly data) plan you choose. As a result, your physical sim is always active, with data turned off when travelling abroad (to avoid roaming charges), and your eSIM is used for data when travelling abroad.

What you'll need to get started

An eSIM-compatible device is required.

A mobile network operator that provides the eSIM service. Most mobile operators that provide eSIM service and are focused on providing data plans for tourists and travellers can be found in this section of the website.

In order to use this service, you must have an unlocked device or a sim card and an eSIM from the same network operator.

Instructions for configuring your eSIM on your Android device:

Once you've purchased your eSIM online, the service provider should have sent you a QR code containing information about your eSIM card. In some cases, providers will not send you a QR code but instead send you information that you must enter manually.

Scan the QR code that you received to find out more:

Making use of a QR code scanner application

Scan the QR code on your eSIM card.

When the Cell Plan Detected notification appears, tap it to activate it.

"Continue can be found at the bottom of the screen.

Touch Insert a cell layout.

You will need to enter the number provided by your operator if you are prompted for a confirmation code in order to activate the eSIM card.

Making manual entries for the information

Alternatively, you can manually enter your eSIM information by copying the eSIM information you received by email and pasting it into the appropriate fields.

Is it possible to have more than one eSIM on my device?

There is no restriction on the number of eSIM cards you can store on your device, but you can only use one at a time.

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