How To Remove eSIM from iPhone

The eSIM (embedded SIM) is a digital SIM card which allows you to activate a cellular plan without the need for a physical SIM card. As technology advances, many modern smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone, have adopted the eSIM feature for additional convenience and functionality.

However, there may come a time when you need to remove or delete an eSIM from your iPhone. The following article will guide you through the steps necessary to achieve this.

Before proceeding, ensure you have backed up any important data and understand that removing an eSIM will disable the associated cellular plan.

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Step-By-Step Process of Removing an eSIM

Step 1: Open 'Settings'

Unlock your iPhone and tap on the ‘Settings’ icon. This icon is typically found on the home screen and is easily identified by the image of a silver gear.

Step 2: Tap 'Cellular'

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Within the settings menu, you will see several options. Scroll down until you see ‘Cellular’ and tap on it. This will bring you to a menu that manages all cellular-related settings.

Step 3: Select 'Cellular Plans'

Once you’re in the Cellular menu, you’ll see an option for ‘Cellular Plans.’ Tap on it. Here, you will find a list of all the cellular plans currently active on your iPhone.

On the new versions of iOS, you can skip this step as you will already see all the SIM Cards & eSIM plans.

Step 4: Choose the eSIM Plan

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From the list of cellular plans, tap on the plan that you want to remove. This plan will be associated with an eSIM, rather than a physical SIM card.

Step 5: Tap 'Remove Cellular Plan'

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Once you’ve selected the eSIM plan, you will see a range of options related to that plan. At the bottom of it, you’ll find ‘Remove Cellular Plan’ or ‘Delete eSIM’. Tap on this option.

Step 6: Confirm the Action

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A pop-up will appear, asking you to confirm whether you want to remove the cellular plan from your iPhone. If you are sure, tap ‘Remove’ or ‘Delete eSIM’ to confirm the action.

Note that once you confirm, the plan will be removed immediately and you won’t be able to undo this action.


And that’s it! You’ve successfully removed an eSIM from your iPhone.

Remember that by removing the eSIM, you’re also removing the cellular plan associated with it, which means your phone will no longer have access to cellular data or voice services through that plan. If you need to use the plan again in the future, you would need to re-add the eSIM.

Be aware that eSIMs work differently than traditional SIM cards. While removing a traditional SIM card simply requires physically ejecting the card, eSIMs are entirely digital, which means they need to be managed through the device’s settings.

This can be an advantage, as it allows for easier switching between plans and carriers, but it also means you need to be careful when managing your eSIMs to ensure you don’t accidentally remove a plan that you still need.

Now that you understand how to remove an eSIM from your iPhone, you can manage your cellular plans with greater confidence. Whether you’re switching carriers, or just need to clean up unused plans, the ability to manage your eSIM is a vital part of using your iPhone to its fullest potential.

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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