How to set up an eSIM on Huawei

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Let's learn how you can set up an eSIM on your Huawei phone.

First, have you got everything you need.

What do I need to set up an eSIM on Huawei?

  • An unlocked Huawei device that is compatible with eSIM
  • An eSIM QR code - open on another device, printed on paper, or saved as a screenshot on your phone
  • WiFi connection

Is my Huawei compatible with eSIM?

The following Huawei phones can use eSIM. If your phone does not appear on this list, the eSIM will not work:

  • Huawei P40
  • Huawei P40 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro 

When should I install my eSIM for travel?

Don't set up your eSIM too early. eSIMs have a limited number of days attached to each data plan. Don't start the plan too soon or it won't last for your trip.

We recommend setting up the data plan the same day that you travel.

This could be before you leave, when you're still at home. Or once you've arrived in your destination. This is up to you - just remember you need WiFi connection to complete the set-up.

You might prefer to set up the eSIM earlier than this, so that you're in less of a rush. But remember that once the eSIM is set-up you cannot pause the plan so the days of validity will start counting down.

To work out the earliest date you can set up your eSIM, just subtract the length of the plan from the last day you'll need it.

For example, if you have a 15 day eSIM and you'll need it until the 15th July, you can set it up from the 1st July onwards - even if you're still at home on this date.

How to install an eSIM on Huawei: step-by-step

  1. Go to: Settings >Mobile networks > SIM management.
  2. Select: SIM 2
  3. Select Add eSIM and choose eSIM
  4. Press Add plan using QR code and your phone will open the camera
  5. Now scan the QR code, which you should have printed or opened on another device. If your QR code is only on your phone, just click Select From Gallery and find a screenshot of the QR code on your phone.
  6. You will see a button that says “Auto-enable this eSIM”. Do not tick this box unless you are already in your destination and ready to start using the eSIM. Deselect the box if you are not ready to use the eSIM.
  7. Click Add This eSIM and proceed to download and install the Holafly eSIM to your device.

How to activate an eSIM on Huawei: step-by-step

Once you’re ready to start using your eSIM, follow these steps to activate it. 

  1. Go to: Settings >Mobile networks > SIM management > SIM 2.
  2. Find the eSIM you installed and select it.
  3. Turn on the button called “Enable”
  4. Turn on Cellular/Mobile Data and Data Roaming from your settings menu.

Turn on Cellular/Mobile data - Settings > Mobile Data > Turn Mobile Data on

Turn on Data Roaming - Settings > Mobile Data > Scroll to SIM 2 and turn on data roaming