eSIMs are an exciting new mobile phone technology that allows users to activate their cellular plan using only their carrier credentials. It's a great option for people who travel frequently or want to avoid having to carry around a physical SIM card with them at all times.
Google is reportedly working on a feature that enables Android users to easily transfer an eSIM profile from one device to another. It's expected to be available for Pixel phones and a handful of other smartphones that ship with Google Mobile Services.
Activate Your eSIM
You can activate your eSIM instantly by using a web-based activation tool or scanning a QR code. This is a great way to get set up quickly, and it's also easier than dealing with a physical SIM card.
Some carriers support a rewritable eSIM, which means you can change carriers or switch numbers without worrying about losing the data on your eSIM. You'll have to contact your carrier for more details, but it's an easy process.
Another option is to use Apple's eSIM Quick Transfer to move your existing cellular plan from your old phone to your new iPhone. This can be done if you’re logged in with the same Apple ID on both devices.
To transfer your cellular plan, go to Settings > Cellular (or Mobile Data). Select the eSIM you want to transfer and tap Transfer.
Alternatively, you can call your carrier and ask them to transfer your cellular plan to your new phone. This process can take a few minutes and you may be asked to enter a confirmation number.
If you have an Android device, you can convert your old physical SIM to an eSIM using a tool in the Settings app or on the carrier’s website. This allows you to free up a SIM slot on your old phone, which can be useful when traveling overseas or for anyone who wants to use a second phone number.
Activate Your Phone
Activating your phone is a common and simple process that is required for many new or used phones. If you have a GSM-based mobile phone (like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon), or CDMA-based mobile phone (like Sprint and old Verizon models), you will need to activate it using your carrier's website.
The IMEI number on your new device will help you activate it. This number is usually printed on your new device's packaging, but it can also be found in the settings menu on some devices.
Your phone's IMEI number is also useful to transfer your contacts and other data from your old phone to your new one, as well as activate the new phone's service on a different network. For example, if you move to a GSM carrier from a CDMA provider and use a GSM SIM card, you can easily transfer your contacts to your new iPhone.
If your carrier supports eSIM Carrier Activation or eSIM Quick Transfer, you can activate your phone's cellular plan automatically during the setup process. If your carrier does not support these options, you can scan a QR code or activate your eSIM by downloading your carrier's app on your iPhone and following the instructions there.
Converting a physical SIM to an eSIM is a little more complicated than it seems, but it's actually quite simple. First, go to your phone's settings and tap 'Cellular' or 'Mobile Data'. Then, under your 'Carrier Information' you will see an option to 'Convert to eSIM.' You can then tap 'Convert to eSIM' and wait for your eSIM to activate.
Convert Your Phone
The SIM card you might have in your current phone connects your device to a wireless provider’s network. It stores your account information and makes it possible to switch phones without having to physically remove and insert a new SIM.
However, there’s a more advanced, and upcoming option that will replace the physical SIM in your phone: the eSIM (Electronic SIM). These chips are embedded into a mobile device directly from the factory so they won’t require you to insert a physical SIM into your phone.
eSIMs have a lot to offer, including enhanced security, a variety of features that improve efficiency, and a number of time-saving benefits. They also let you change operators remotely, and they can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
You can convert your physical SIM to an eSIM in several ways, but the easiest is through your carrier. To do this, just open the Settings app on your phone and go to Cellular.
Once you see the Convert to eSIM option, tap it. If your carrier does not support direct conversion from the Settings app, you will need to contact them.
Once you’ve converted your physical SIM to an eSIM, you can transfer that SIM to your new iPhone 14 when it arrives. You can do this via carrier activation or via Apple’s eSIM Quick Transfer workflow, depending on which you prefer.