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How to use iPhone with eSIM

by Joseph Richard
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The next generation of the iPhone is already on the horizon. For many users, this also raises the question of switching from the classic nano-SIM card to an eSIM. That’s it. To use the eSIM, the device must have at least iOS or iPadOS 12.1 installed.

In addition to the requirements for your own devices, other requirements for using the eSIM function must be met. The mobile provider must also support the use of eSIM.In Kenya Safaricom ,FAIBA  support esim. However, it can be assumed that many other resellers and providers now also offer eSIM for their customers.

The following iPhones and iPads currently support eSIM functionality:


iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max,

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max,

iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max,

iPhone SE (2nd generation),

iPhone XR


iPad Pro 11“ (from 1st generation),

iPad Pro 12.9“ (from 3rd generation),

iPad Air (from 3rd generation),

iPad Mini (from 5th generation),

iPad (from 7th generation),

each in the Wifi + Cellular version

Furthermore, all Apple Watches in the GPS + Cellular versions are ready for use with an eSIM.


To install the eSIM, the device should already have an Internet connection. This can be a mobile radio connection via an already existing SIM card and a WLAN connection. The installation is then done via:

  • a link sent by the provider,
  • a QR code (e.g. from the customer centre of the mobile phone provider) or
  • an app of the mobile provider.

Through the other installation for the Apple operating system in further dialogue. The PIN of the SIM is, in most cases, “0000” or deactivated. Activation and adjustment is possible on iOS (iPadOS) in the settings under Mobile (Mobile data) [for dual SIM: > Mobile tariffs]> SIM PIN.

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