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What is e-sim, how to activate Airtel and Jio e-sim on iPhone

What is eSIM: Apple has completely eliminated the SIM card slot in the US models of the iPhone 14 series. iPhone 14 customers in India and other countries will get SIM card slot. Apple introduced Apple Watch 3 LTE with e-SIM support in 2018. Later, e-SIM support has also been given in iPhones. Now users are being given the option of using a physical SIM card and another e-SIM to avail the convenience of dual SIM smartphones.

E-sim has been present in India for a long time. Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea already offer e-SIM service for iPhones. E SIM is not a thing in India, but most of the smartphone users do not know how to use E SIM. Not all iPhone users in India turn on the e-SIM service. So let’s know what is e-sim card.

what is e sim

E-SIM stands for Embedded-Subscriber Identity Module. It is embedded in a device and is basically a virtual SIM card which is activated only on a support device. The concept of e-SIM is similar to the internal memory of your smartphone. You cannot remove internet memory. For e-SIM, the subscriber identity module or SIM card data is transferred digitally by operators like Jio, Airtel or Vi.

E-SIM has nothing to do with providing better internet speed or better cellular reception. This is simply a digital copy of your SIM card. Your physical SIM card stops working once the e-SIM is started. It is impossible to physically replace an e-SIM like a traditional SIM. If you want to swap e-SIM, then you have to contact your telecom operator. You cannot tweak or share an e-SIM with another phone.

What are the disadvantages of eSIM

With e-SIM, you will miss out on the physical control of your SIM card. Actually, you will be glued to the phone. Also, if your phone breaks down or the display stops working, you cannot remove the SIM card.

What is the advantage of eSIM

The biggest advantage of this is that if your phone is stolen then no one else will be able to insert your SIM card and will not own your device.

How to Activate Airtel eSIM on iPhone 13 and other iPhones

  1. To activate Airtel e SIM on your device or convert your physical SIM card to e SIM, you need to type “e SIM registered email id” in a message and send it to 121.
  2. If your email ID is valid, Airtel will send an SMS to 121 for confirmation.
  3. Reply by typing “1” within 60 seconds to confirm the e-SIM request.
  4. If your email ID is invalid, Airtel will support and restart the e-SIM activation process for the users.
  5. Once your e-SIM request is confirmed, the Airtel team will call you over the telephone for final consent and to provide details about the QR code.
  6. After the confirmation process, the user will get an official QR code on their email ID. The e-SIM will be activated after two hours of scanning the QR code of the user.

turn on airtel e sim on iphone 14

  1. To scan the QR code received by the company over email, go to your device’s settings and connect to the WiFi network.
  2. After connecting to the WiFi network, click on the mobile network and go to the advanced options.
  3. In Advanced Settings, click on Add Carrier and scan the QR Code.
  4. Once the code is scanned, click on the download button and complete the process.

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