How to set up your eSIM on Apple iPhone/iPad

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Setting up your eSIM on Apple iPhone/iPad

What you’ll need:
  • An unlocked iPhone or iPad that is eSIM compatible
  • The eSIM QR code sent to your email open on another device or printed out
  • An internet connection


  1. Add a new data plan

Go to: Settings > Mobile/Cellular Data > Add Mobile Plan. 

  1. Scan the QR code 

Your phone should automatically open the camera for you to scan your QR code. 

  1. Start the download 

Once you have scanned the QR code, you will be able to begin downloading the eSIM. 

  1. Choose a name for your data plan

You can now name your data plan. We recommend naming it SimsDirect to differentiate it from your other plans. 

  1. Choose your preferred default like to call or send messages. This function is available on dual SIM devices. 
  2. Choose the eSIM plan as your default for Cellular/Mobile Data. Do not turn on “Allow Cellular Data Switching” to prevent charges on your other line. 

Access Data

  1. Select your SimsDirect eSIM under “Mobile Plans” 
  2. Ensure that “Turn on this Line” is toggled on
  3. Turn on Data Roaming 
  4. You’re connected! 

You can find out more information about using dual SIMs and eSIMs on Apple’s Support Page

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