How to Convert your Physical SIM to eSIM


Before knowing the process Of Converting Physical SIM to eSIM You just need to know what is e-SIM and how it works?

What is e-SIM

How to Convert your Physical SIM to eSIM
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An eSIM is a digital SIM that allows you to activate a cellular plan from your carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM, The eSIM works the same way as a traditional SIM card, but you don't need a physical SIM card to use it. ... More and more smartphones, tablets and laptops are equipped with an eSIM card.

Steps to activating your eSIM

There are three steps to convert your physical SIM card to e-SIM if your current service provider allowed e-SIM and you already having e-SIM facilitated mobile phone,

Step 1: Convert your Physical SIM to eSIM or existing eSIM to eSIM

For converting your physical SIM to eSIM or existing eSIM to eSIM, there are a few steps that you would need to go through:

1. For initiation of the process, SMS eSIM<>registered email id to 121

2. A) If your email id is valid, you will receive an SMS from 121, confirming the initiation of the process. You would need to reply back with "1" to confirm the eSIM change request within 60 sec.
B) If your email id is invalid, you will receive an SMS from 121, asking you to re-initiate the process with the correct email id, will also guide you on how to update the email id.

3. Post receiving the confirmation sent by you for step"2", you will receive another SMS from 121 asking you to provide consent over a call, failing which the SIM change request will get canceled.

4. After providing your consent on the call, you will receive a final SMS from 121, regarding the QR Code which you will receive on your registered
email id.

Convert your Physical SIM to eSIM or existing eSIM to eSIM

Step 2: QR Code received on your registered email id after completion of Step 1

After Step 1 is complete, you would receive a QR Code on your registered email id. The eSIM activation would take around 2 hours, please scan the QR Code immediately upon receipt. Your existing SIM will continue to work during this period.

You get BARCODE in your E-mail like this,

e-SIM QR Code

Step 3: Scan the QR Code received on your registered email id

QR Code Scanning - Apple (iPhone)

Please follow the below instructions for scanning your QR Code:

Click on "Settings" > Select "Mobile Data" > Click on "Add Data Plan" > "Scan QR code" received on mail (Ensure phone is connected to mobile data/Wi-Fi while scanning) > Label eSim (Under "Label for your new plan" Section).

QR Code Scanning - Apple (iPhone)

QR Code Scanning - Samsung

Please follow the below instructions for scanning your QR Code:

Click on "Settings" > Select "Connections" >Click on "SIM Card Manager" > Click on "Add Mobile Plan" > Click on "Add Using QR Code” Scan QR code received on email (Ensure Wi-Fi or Mobile Data is available on the Samsung device to scan QR Code on Mobile Data) > Post scanning Click on "Add" in “Add new mobile plan” option

QR Code Scanning - Samsung -1

QR Code Scanning - Samsung -2


Is eSIM available in India?

Airtel, Jio, and VI, the three leading operators of India, allow you to change the physical sim into an eSIM. However, the eSIM can only be used in a device that is compatible with an eSIM.

How do I make my SIM an eSIM?

How to convert your iPhone from a SIM Card to an eSIM

  1. Step 1: Verify your current carrier support eSIM. ...
  2. Step 2: Prepare for changing from a physical SIM card to an eSIM. ...
  3. Step 3: Call your carrier's customer service group on another phone (not the iPhone you want to switch to eSIM service) ...
  4. Step 4: Verify your eSIM.

Is eSIM better than physical SIM?

eSIM is better than physical SIM cards for a number of reasons: –eSIM is small: This not only allows extra room for other components, or perhaps a larger battery, it also enables manufacturers to rejig the internal layout of their devices.

How do I know if my phone supports eSIM?

How to check if my Android device is eSIM compatible?

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. If in Settings you see a search bar, type in “IMEI”, and the option “IMEI information” (or similar) should show up (otherwise, you will need to go to About phone> Status).
  3. Tap “IMEI information”

What are the disadvantages of eSIM?

Following are the drawbacks or disadvantages of eSIM: When mobile phone breaks, it is easy to transfer data to the new phone in case of a SIM card. This is not possible in eSIM devices and users need to rely on the cloud to retrieve the data such as messages, contacts, and other useful pieces of information.

What is the benefit of eSIM?

What are the advantages of an eSIM? It's easier to switch networks. An eSIM makes it much easier to switch mobile networks. Instead of needing to order a new SIM, waiting for it to arrive, then inserting it into your phone, you can switch to a different network with a phone call or online.


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