iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR supports for Dual SIM, with the release of iOS 12.1, Apple is now officially supporting Dual SIM and eSIM on the latest round of iPhones.
The setup process for setting up eSIM is similar that of cellular-enabled iPads, which also sports an eSIM. On iPhone, however, you’re able to use multiple SIMs with a combination of eSIM and a physical nano-SIM. For users in China, Apple offers a special version of iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR that supports two physical SIMs but does not support eSIM.
How to enable eSIM and Dual SIM on iPhone XS or iPhone XR
- Go to Settings > Cellular.
- Tap Add Cellular Plan.
- Use your iPhone to scan the QR code that your carrier provided.
If you’re setting up a second SIM, you’ll be asked how you’d like the feature to work. Some examples include using your secondary SIM as data only, or having separate work and home lines on the same phone.
Depending on carrier, you may need to enter a confirmation code to enable eSIM. If the QR code isn’t working you can optimally manually enter the eSIM information provided by your carrier.
Some carriers will require you to download their app. For that, simply go to the App Store and download the aforementioned app. This method is typically used with pre-paid carriers as you’ll be purchasing the plan directly from within the app.
Unlike physical SIMs, you’ll be able to store multiple eSIMs on your iPhone, however, you’ll be limited to using one at a time. Unfortunately, eSIM adoption seems to be a mixed bag at the moment. While the three major U.S carriers: Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T announced support for the feature, all three have seemingly pulled out, noting that support for eSIM is coming later this year. This means no major carrier in the U.S. is currently supporting this feature.
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