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How to use an iPhone's data eSIM

Learn how to use your eSIM on your iPhone as a supplementary data sim (dual sim).

On the iPhone, how does dual sim (physical and eSIM) work?

You may use a nano-SIM card and an eSIM card simultaneously on the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. An eSIM card can be used in conjunction with a nano-SIM card in such devices, allowing you to use both at the same time. You can activate a mobile rate plan with an operator without the need for an actual nano-SIM card by downloading the plan directly to your phone. Apple devices purchased in China do not support eSIM.

To get the most out of your multi-SIM phone's capabilities, you'll want to get an eSIM card.

Traveling to a new country necessitates a new data plan.

You can use two different phone numbers for professional and private calls.

Keep your voice and data services separate.

Send and receive iMessages, SMS, and MMS messages, as well as audio and FaceTime calls (since iOS 13).

Does it make sense for Nano-sim to retain my primary line?

If your primary carrier supports eSIM, you have the option to use your physical sim card as your primary sim on your iPhone.

In our opinion, it makes more sense to use your physical sim card as your primary sim card, which means that, by default, your main plan, phone line, and broadband connectivity rely on this sim, and to use your eSIM as an on-purpose sim with which you can configure various plans when you travel.

You'll need these things:

iOS 12.1 or later on an iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, or later device.

Your iPhone should be unlocked, or both your sim card and eSIM should be from the same operator.

The eSIM service is offered by a mobile provider. Most of the cell operators who offer eSIM data plans for traveling are covered by Look at this.

Setting up an eSIM is simple.

A dual-sim iPhone with a sim card


Your eSIM has arrived! Congratulations! A QR code that contains your eSIM information has been issued to you by your eSIM provider, or you can enter the same information manually. You may also receive a confirmation code from some carriers to activate your eSIM.

Installing the eSIM on your iPhone first

QR codes can be scanned by scanning the QR code you received.

Scan your QR code with the camera app.

Take notice of the Cell Plan Detected notification and press the button on it.

At the bottom of the screen, tap "Continue" to continue.

Consider including a cellular strategy.

If you're asked for a code to activate your eSIM card, enter the one issued to you by your carrier instead of the default one

You can manually enter your eSIM information if you don't have a QR code.

Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.

Cellular Data Touch or Cellular Data Touch

To add a cellular plan, press the Add Cellular Plan button.

On your iPhone, tap the "Enter information manually" option at the bottom of the screen.

Some carriers ask that you use their app to directly install your eSIM on your iPhone instead of supplying you with your eSIM details.

Download your operator's app from the App Store.

Start using the app and purchase a mobile plan.

If you have been issued a mobile package, install it.

 In iOS 13, some mobile service providers may require you to install a mobile rate plan before you can use your phone. For more information, call the phone operator.

 Activate your eSIM card in step two.

 Let's activate your eSIM now that it's installed. Please be aware that activating your eSIM marks the beginning of its use. We recommend that you do not activate your eSIM until you are in the country (or countries) where it is intended to be used and you truly require it, as many operators will consider your eSIM enabled and in use at this point.

To avoid paying a roaming cost, turn off your primary SIM data if you've already arrived in your target country.

 Activate your eSIM card

 Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.

 Cellular Data Touch or Cellular Data Touch

 Make use of your eSIM card (under Cellular Plans).

 "Turn on this line" means activating it.

 Connected to the internet, your eSIM should now be active. If you don't have access to the internet, check the eSIM instructions given by your service provider. The "Cellular Data Network" part of your eSIM parameters may be required by some service providers to include information about an access point network (APN).

 Is it possible to use numerous eSIMs on my iPhone?

 More than one eSIM card can be stored on your iPhone, but only one of those cards can be used at a time. Setting, then Cellular Data, and finally the plan you want to use are all you need to change your eSIM card. Touch Do what I tell you to do.

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