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How to Transfer My eSIM from iPhone to iPhone?

Jan 30,2024 | wilming

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Transferring an eSIM from one iPhone to another signifies more than just switching devices—it marks the transition from one gadget experience to another. In this modern era, eSIMs, or electronic SIM cards, have become instrumental in revamping the way we use our smartphones. Unlike traditional SIM cards, which require physical insertion, these digitally embedded SIMs offer a realm of possibilities, ease, and flexibility. This guide offers a walkthrough on transferring an eSIM from one iPhone to another seamlessly.

Understanding the Power of eSIM

In the ever-evolving sphere of technology, eSIMs have emerged as quintessential tools in the mobile phone industry. As electronic SIM cards, these are integrated directly into the phone’s hardware. Saving the user from the hassle of juggling multiple physical SIM cards, an eSIM can store many profiles from various network providers. This adaptability allows users an effortless switch between providers, largely based on network coverage or pricing.

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Furthermore, eSIMs provide an unmatched convenience. Users can activate a new profile or plan directly from their device, a feature especially beneficial for frequent travellers who often swap to a local carrier while abroad. With the removal of a physical SIM card slot, manufacturers can design sleeker, more innovative phones, creating room for other functionalities and enhancing the overall user experience.

How to Transfer My eSIM from iPhone to iPhone?

Prepare your two iPhones for eSIM transfer

For your eSIM-receiving iPhone

  • Go to Settings,

  • Tap on Celluar/Mobile data or the like(the calling may be different based on iPhone versions and OS generations)

  • Tap on "Set Up Celluar Mobile Service", then there will be two options: "Transfer From" and "Use QR Code".

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1. For "Transfer From" option:

Go for the " Transfer From" option, there will be a note like this:

To transfer a phone number from another iPhone, make sure your other iPhone is passcode protected but unlocked , nearby with Bluetooth turned on, and using iOS 16 or later .

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Both of your iPhones should be Bluetooth opened, then there will be a " Transfer Phone Number" prompt pop up in your eSIM transferring iPhone when Bluetooth is opened, tap " Continue".

Then enter the verification code sent from the eSIM-receiving iPhone.

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Finish the following transfer steps, you will successfully transfer your eSIM. If the way does not work, follow the second method as below.

2. For "Use QR Code" option:

Go for the "Use QR Code" option, then there will pop up a scanning interface.

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Note: You need to contact your carrier customer service on the official website to send you a QR code attached with the same phone number. Just follow the customer service representative's guide kindly because the eSIM transfer guide may vary among different carriers(some carriers may not support eSIM transfer service)

After you get the QR code from your carrier, print out the code or present it in another device to scan (in case your phone can not support self-scanning).

*If you are not able to scan the QR code, you can go to " Enter Details Manually", where you need to paste the activation code and SM-DP address which is also attached to the sent QR code email by your carrier's customer service staff like

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  1. Ensure your scanning iPhone connects a stable WiFi to download the eSIM

  2. Ensure your eSIM deleted from your previous iPhone:

  • Go to Settings

  • Tap on Celluar/Mobile data or the like and delete your corresponding eSIM

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After you scan the QR code, there will pop up an Activation interface, tap " Continue" and wait for the activating.

When finished, tap " Done".

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Now you finally finished the eSIM transfer steps, and the eSIM be transferred to your preferred iPhone!

Troubleshooting Potential Challenges

Despite following the steps to the letter, you may encounter some difficulties. Remember to ensure eSIM compatibility with the new iPhone, update both iPhones to the latest iOS, and ascertain stable network coverage. If these steps don't solve the issue, contact your service provider for assistance or consider resetting your network settings or your iPhone.

In Conclusion

Transferring an eSIM from one iPhone to another is a standardized process defined by convenience and technological advancement. By diligently adhering to each step, you guarantee a seamless transition, promising an uninterrupted and enhanced user experience on your new iPhone. As always, back up data before making changes, and be sure to reach out to your cellular service provider if any issues arise during the process. Embrace the prowess of eSIM, and enjoy the realm of possibilities it offers!

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