eSIM compatible phones (List of smartphones that support eSIM)
eSIM compatible phones (List of smartphones that support eSIM)
Written By: Lindiwe Zulu

As eSIM technology becomes more widespread, the benefits of eSIM are more feasible. Mobile network operators will need to provide support for dual sim and eSIM only devices. While the Google Pixel 2 was among the mobile devices with eSIM technology, other manufacturers have since created devices that support eSIM.  

What is an eSIM enabled phone?

An eSIM enabled phone is a phone that has an eSIM, many of the latest Android and iOS phones support the eSIM feature.

How to check if your phone supports eSIM?

Go to your settings and look for your IMEI to see if your phone supports eSIM. The IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity, and it will tell you whether your phone is carrier unlocked and supports digital eSIMs.

For iOS devices, you’ll need to do the following to see if your iOS device is eSIM compatible and carrier unlocked:

  1. Go to Settings> General> About in the menu bar.
  2. To see the “Carrier lock” section, scroll down.
  3. The device should say “NO SIM limitations,” indicating that it is unlocked.
  4. To see the “DIGITAL SIM” part, scroll down. It should have a “DIGITAL SIM” IMEI, indicating that the gadget is compatible with eSIM.

For Android devices, to see if your smartphone supports eSIM, look for the “eSIM IMEI” number using the instructions below:

  1. Go to the Settings menu.
  2. If you see a search bar in Settings, type “IMEI” and the option “IMEI information” (or something similar) should appear (otherwise, go to About phone> Status).
  3. Select “IMEI information” from the drop-down menu.
  4. If the “IMEI (eSIM)” option is selected, your smartphone should support eSIM.

Devices that don’t support eSIM

There is no eSIM on these devices:

  • iPhones obtained from China
  • There are no eSIMs in Hong Kong, only dual (physical) sims.
  • In Southeast Asia, a purchased Pixel 3a
  • Android Q Beta versions do not support
  • Huawei P40 Pro+ does not support eSIM. Samsung Galaxy S20 Hybrid Dual SIM — Samsung produces both eSIM and non-eSIM models.
  • No eSIM support from LG, HTC, Xiaomi, Honor, RealMe, OnePlus, or Vivo yet

How to get an eSIM?

You’ll need an eSIM profile loaded on the mobile device you’ll be using, as well as an account with an eSIM service provider like eSIM2Go, to buy eSIM plans.

You may purchase local, regional, and worldwide data plans on the move, no matter where you are in the globe, once you have your credentials.

iPhones that support eSIM

You can use Dual SIM on the iPhone 13 Pro Max with two active eSIMs or a nano-SIM and an eSIM. Models of iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 are available. Below is an list of iPhones that support eSIM to consider:

 iPhone Model

11 Pro Max

11 Pro

XS Max

XS

XR

SE

Samsung phones that support eSIM

An eSIM is included with several Galaxy smartphones. You can use an eSIM instead of a nano-SIM to activate a mobile network plan. You can add and remove your phone network eSIM plan from your Galaxy smartphone if it includes an eSIM card. Below are Samsung phones that support eSIM:

Samsung Model

S20 Plus

S20 Ultra

Fold LTE

Z Flip

2XL

Note 20

Z Fold

Google Pixel phone with an eSIM

Both the Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 accept nano-SIM and eSIM, but neither phone is dual-SIM, so you won’t be able to utilize two phone lines at the same time. Below is an eSIM phone list for you to consider:

Google Model

4XL

4

3XL

3A

2XL

5

Huawei phones that support eSIM

Huawei’s P40 and P40 Pro are the first phones from the Chinese company that accept eSIM. However, the Huawei P40 Pro+ does not support eSIM.

Huawei Model

P40

P40 Pro

Mate 40 Pro

Which Sony devices are eSIM compatible?

An eSIM is included in the Sony Xperia 10 III Lite smartphone. You will be able to use dual SIM cards thanks to the eSIM. It means that the Sony Xperia 10 III Lite’s eSIM allows you to connect to a different mobile provider without having to insert a real SIM card.

Is my phone compatible with eSIM?

Yes, your phone can be compatible with eSIM. For you to utilize eSIM, your phone must be freed from carrier constraints, regardless of your phone. Some phones are locked to a single mobile network and can only utilize data plans from that provider.

What should I do if my iPhone doesn’t support eSIM?

Unfortunately there is not much you can do if your iPhone is not eSIM compatible. To have an eSIM,  your device should be eSIM compatible.

Is eSIM available on all smartphones?

No, unfortunately not all smartphones are eSIM enabled but a growing list of phones are being released that support eSIM.

How do you install an eSIM?

On the same iPhone, convert your physical SIM to an eSIM.

  1. Go to Settings > Cellular on your iPhone.
  2. Convert to eSIM by pressing the Convert to eSIM button.
  3. Select Convert Cellular Plan from the drop-down menu.
  4. Convert to eSIM by pressing the Convert to eSIM button.
  5. Allow time for your eSIM to activate.
  6. Remove your iPhone’s hardware SIM card.

For Android, the supplier should have emailed you a QR code containing your eSIM information once you purchased your eSIM online. Occasionally, instead of a QR code, providers will send you information that you must manually type.

  1. Scan the QR code you got in the mail:
    Using an App to Scan QR Codes
  2. Scan the QR code on your eSIM.
  3. When the Cell Plan Detected notice displays, tap it.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, tap Continue.
  5. Touch Add a mobile plan to the mix.
  6. Enter the number supplied by your operator if prompted for a confirmation code to activate the eSIM card.

Is the Samsung Galaxy S10 eSIM compatible?

The Samsung Galaxy S10 does not, unfortunately, support eSIM.

Is the iPhone 10 compatible with eSIM?

The iPhone 10 does not, unfortunately, support eSIM. The iPhone XR and iPhone XS were the first Apple phones to do so in 2018. Previous models aren’t compatible.

Is the Huawei P40 Pro + eSIM compatible?

The P40 and P40 Pro versions are the only compatible ones. However, it appears that the Pro+’s ceramic casing precludes this.

What should I do if my phone doesn’t support eSIM?

You can get a physical SIM card for your non-eSIM compatible phone or alternatively you can buy an eSIM compatible phone.

What are the devices that don’t support eSIM?

There is no eSIM on these devices:

  • iPhones obtained from China
  • There are no eSIMs in Hong Kong, only dual (physical) sims.
  • In Southeast Asia, a puchased Pixel 3a
  • Android Q Beta versions do not support
  • Huawei P40 Pro+ does not support eSIM. Samsung Galaxy S20 Hybrid Dual SIM — Samsung produces both eSIM and non-eSIM models.
  • No eSIM support from LG, HTC, Xiaomi, Honor, RealMe, OnePlus, or Vivo yet.
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