GUIDE: How to use eSIM on your Android phone [video]

eSIMs (embedded SIMs) are becoming increasingly popular, offering a convenient way to store and switch mobile network plans on your Android phone without needing a physical SIM card. Recently, SMART Communications released their Prepaid eSIM producct into the market.

Here’s a breakdown of how to use an eSIM on your Android device:

What do you need to use an eSIM?

  • Check compatibility: Ensure your Android phone supports eSIM functionality. You can usually find this information in the phone’s specifications or user manual.
  • Choose your eSIM provider: Select a mobile carrier or eSIM provider that offers eSIM plans compatible with your phone. In the Philippines, both Globe Telecom and Smart communications have eSIM products.
  • A smartphone that supports eSIM such as the SAMSUNG Galaxy S24 Ultra.

How do you install the eSIM?

There are two main methods for installing an eSIM:

1. Using a QR code:

  1. Obtain the QR code: This code will be provided by your eSIM provider, either electronically or on a physical card.
  2. Open Settings: Locate the “Settings” app on your phone.
  3. Navigate to “SIM card manager”: The path may vary slightly depending on your phone model. Look for options like “Connections” or “Network & internet” and then proceed to “SIM card manager” or similar.
  4. Add a mobile plan: Tap on “Add mobile plan” or a similar option.
  5. Choose “Add using QR code”: Select this option to initiate the QR code scan.
  6. Scan the QR code: Use your phone’s camera to scan the QR code provided by your eSIM provider.
  7. Follow on-screen prompts: You might need to enter additional information or confirmation details during the process.

2. Using an activation code:

  1. Obtain the activation code: This code will be provided by your eSIM provider, typically electronically.
  2. Follow steps 2-4 as mentioned in the QR code method: Access the “SIM card manager” through your phone’s settings.
  3. Choose “Add using activation code”: Select this option instead of the QR code method.
  4. Enter the activation code: Carefully enter the code provided by your eSIM provider.
  5. Follow on-screen prompts: Similar to the QR code method, you might need to provide additional information during the setup.

What to do once the eSIM is installed

  • Register and activate the eSIM – this process maay differ depending on your country and/or network carrier.
  • Enable the eSIM: In the “SIM card manager” settings, locate your newly added eSIM plan and enable it for use.
  • Set data preferences (optional): You can choose which SIM (physical or eSIM) you want to use for mobile data, calls, and SMS.

Additional tips

  • Remember, not all Android phones support eSIM functionality.
  • Ensure you have a stable internet connection during the eSIM installation process.
  • Contact your eSIM provider for specific instructions or troubleshooting assistance if needed.

By following these steps, you can easily utilize the convenience of eSIMs on your compatible Android phone.

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