It is incredibly easy to add an eSIM to an iPhone with a QR code, and it has recently been made possible starting with iPhone XR, XS and future models. Here’s a list of all supported devices.
But I only have one device – how can I scan?
- The only difficulty you may experience is if you do not have a 2nd device to display the QR code on. In this case, simply find any other person with a smart phone, and ask them if they would be nice enough to take a photo of your QR code, so that you may then scan it onto your own phone! Or, use a laptop to display the QR code for you to scan.
QR code is ready – how do I add an eSIM?
Once the QR code is ready for scanning, just open Settings > Cellular > Add Cellular Plan. The camera app will then open, ready to scan any QR codes it sees.
You’ll need to have an internet connection in order for the eSIM module to make its initial connection to the carrier. Beyond that point however, the SIM profile should be loaded and you should be able to connect using its network.
When should I activate it?
If you’re on a roaming plan where the roaming SIM may activate if you are in one of the roaming countries, you may want to wait for the right time to load and active your eSIM – usually right before your trip. This protects you from wasting data credits before it’s due.
Note: eSIMs cannot be easily switched between phones, so in most cases, you’ll need to get a new QR code to add an eSIM for a new phone.