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How to Transfer an ESIM From an Android Phone(Samsung, Pixel, Oppo) to an IPhone (and Vice Versa)

Jan 30,2024 | wilming

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As the smartphone usage landscape reshapes, we are witnessing an inevitable trend from physical SIM cards to a more innovative solution: eSIM. The eSIM, short for "embedded SIM," is a digital SIM card integrated directly into your phone, eliminating the need for a physical SIM. It's beneficial for those who frequently switch carriers or travel internationally. This article provides a comprehensive guide to transferring an eSIM from an Android phone to an iPhone, a task that may seem challenging but is quite straightforward when addressed systematically.

Understanding eSIM

Before delving into the steps to transfer an eSIM, let's understand the eSIM concept. Unlike traditional SIM cards, eSIMs exist digitally on your phone. This innovation enables you to handle multiple carriers and profiles on the same device. It enhances user experiences due to its flexible network configuration and adaptability. Regardless of where you are, you can activate an eSIM with just a stable internet connection and local carrier support.

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Exploring the evolution of eSIM!***

Preparation for the Transfer

Firstly, ensure that your iPhones (iOS 14.5 or later) are eSIM-compatible, and your carrier supports eSIMs. Updating the operating system to the latest version on both devices is the key to smooth functioning. Connecting to a stable Wi-Fi network is equally important, ensuring no drop in connection during the transfer.

The list of eSIM-compatible devices***

The Transfer Process

Now let's walk through the steps involved in transferring eSIM from an Android phone to an iPhone:

Step 1: Contact Your Carrier

The first step involves reaching out to your carrier. You can contact their online customer service staff via the carrier's official website. Depending upon the carrier, they may be able to assign a new eSIM to your iPhone via "eSIM Carrier Activation". This process is typically more straightforward when you've bought your iPhone from the carrier, and you've provided your cellular plan details. Alternatively, your carrier may provide a QR code for the transfer process.

The list of eSIM support carriers in the world***

Step 2: Install the ESIM

If your carrier assigned an eSIM to your iPhone, you would have to follow the instructions to activate your eSIM. Ensure your iPhone is powered on.

Scanning Installation:

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone.

  • Select Cellular or Mobile Data.

  • Tap Add Cellular/Data Plan, and there will be a scanning window popped up

  • Scan the QR code provided by your carrier(Print out the QR code or just present it in another phone to scan if your phone does not support self-scanning) Make sure your device is WiFi/mobile data connected.***

  • Follow the subsequent tips to finish the installation

  • Once you finish the installation steps, you will see a new eSIM appear in your eSIM list like below:


Manual Installation:

As usual, most carriers will send you a QR code email attached with a manual installation code---- SM-DP+Address and activation code like:


Go to Settings> Celluar/Mobile data plan> Add Celluar/mobile Data Plan> Enter Details Manually or the like(Different phone types and OS versions may vary slightly in the manual installation steps)>Paste the code and follow the subsequent steps guided by the interfaces.

Step 3: Test the eSIM

After the installation process, it is advisable to test the eSIM. Check if the phone number is correct, and if the network data plan and SMS work well. If you're unable to use any one of the services, you should immediately contact your carrier for further assistance. (Based on your eSIM services in your previous phone)

The Trend of eSIM in the Future

The trajectory of eSIM applications in the future is poised to redefine connectivity and revolutionize our interaction with a wide array of devices, from smartphones to connected automobiles and IoT-enabled systems. As industry leaders and innovators continue to embrace eSIM technology, the promise of a seamless, secure, and interconnected future looms large on the horizon. The future of eSIM applications is not merely a trend but a transformative force that will shape the way we connect, communicate, and interact with the world around us.

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The Future of eSIM technology Concept


Transferring an eSIM from an Android device to an iPhone may seem daunting but remains quite uncomplicated if you adhere to the prescribed steps. User adaptability to this technology unlocks a new realm of possibilities, offering unprecedented flexibility and ease. By ensuring device and carrier compatibility, users can seamlessly switch eSIMs between devices, making the most of digital advancements. With this guide, we hope the transition process becomes flawless and enhances your smartphone experience to new heights.

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