Enter eSIM QR Code Manually

With the evolution of technology, the traditional physical SIM cards are gradually being replaced by eSIMs.

eSIM, or embedded SIM, is a digital SIM card that allows users to activate a cellular plan without the need for a physical card. One of the common methods to activate an eSIM is by scanning a QR code provided by the carrier.

However, there might be instances where manual entry is required.

This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to manually enter the eSIM QR code on both iOS and Android devices.

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How To Enter eSIM QR Code Manually

Guide for iOS

Activating eSIM using QR Code

  1. During iPhone setup, when you reach the “Set Up Cellular” screen, tap “Use QR Code”.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. If setting up after initial iPhone setup, contact your carrier to obtain a QR code.
  4. Open the Camera app and scan the QR code.
  5. When the “Cellular Plan Detected” notification appears, tap it.
  6. Tap “Continue” at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Tap “Add Cellular Plan”.
  8. If prompted, enter the confirmation code provided by your carrier.

Manual eSIM Information Entry

  1. Contact your carrier to obtain the necessary eSIM details.
  2. Navigate to Settings.
  3. Tap either “Cellular” or “Mobile Data”.
  4. Tap “Add Cellular Plan”.
  5. Select “Enter Details Manually” at the bottom of the screen and input the details.


Note: Please be aware that the eSIM installation can take a few minutes. Do not cancel the process and make sure are connected to WiFi during the whole process.

Guide for Android

Manual eSIM Information Entry

  1. Navigate to your smartphone settings.
  2. Go to “Connections”.
  3. Select “SIM card manager”.
  4. Press “Add a mobile plan”.
  5. Choose “Scan carrier QR code”.
  6. Press “Enter code instead”.
  7. Retrieve the information from your eSIM provider’s email..
  8. Enter the activation code and press “connect”.
  9. Press “Add and use it now”. Your eSIM profile will be installed and activated.


Note: Please be aware that the eSIM installation can take a few minutes. Do not cancel the process and make sure are connected to WiFi during the whole process.

Tips and Considerations

  • Ensure your device supports eSIMs before attempting to set it up.
  • Always keep the QR code or activation details provided by your carrier safe, as you might need them for future reference.
  • If facing any issues during the setup, it’s advisable to contact your carrier’s customer support for assistance.

eSIMs offer a more flexible and convenient way to manage cellular plans, especially for those who travel frequently or wish to switch between multiple numbers.

While QR code scanning is the most straightforward method to activate an eSIM, knowing how to manually enter the details can be handy in certain situations.

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can seamlessly set up their eSIM on both iOS and Android devices.

How To Order an eSIM

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Compare eSIMs

Compare and find the most suitable travel eSIM for your needs and purchase it directly with the provider.

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Receive eSIM via email/app

You will receive the eSIM profile within a few minutes in a separate e-mail or you can directly access it in the provider’s app.

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Install eSIM

Scan the eSIM QR code in the mail with the camera function of your smartphone and follow the instructions on the screen. The profile will be set up automatically.

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Free roaming abroad

You can now use the eSIM abroad! 

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Why Choose an eSIM?

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The eSIM works digitally only, so fewer resources are used than with the classic SIM card.

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The new eSIM can easily be digitally uploaded to your smartphone. It’s quick and saves the environment.

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Fast Installation

Your eSIM profile is sent easily and conveniently by email. This means you will receive your digital eSIM much faster than a physical SIM Card by post.

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