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How to set up an eSIM on a Google Pixel

The Google Pixel was one of the first smartphones to incorporate an eSIM, even ahead of the iPhone and only behind the Samsung Gear 2 smart clock. In this guide we will show you how to set up an eSIM in a Google Pixel device and start enjoying the future in mobile communication.

In other entries we have shown how to activate an eSIM on a Samsung Galaxy and also add eSIM on a Hawei P40. This time the turn is for virtual card on Google Pixel, phones highlighted by their camera.

To be considered

– Google Pixel terminals were initially designed to work only with eSIM from Alphabet’s virtual operator, called Google Fi. For this reason there was no compatibility with other operators outside the United States.
– Check that your operator already has support for this type of phone. There may be cases where the operator only supports one version of either Pixel 3 or Pixel 4.

Configure eSIM in Google Pixel 3

As in other smartphones, Google Pixel 3 allows you to add an eSIM in two ways: by scanning a QR code sent by the operator and by using an activation code. Both methods are valid and functional; however, the QR code is often used for its simplicity.

Activate eSIM via QR code

After requesting your eSIM from the operator, you will have a QR code printed out or in your email.

Time needed: 10 minutes.

We will now show you the steps you must follow to add your eSIM to Google Pixel by reading a QR code provided by your operator.

  1. Go to Operator

    Go to Settings > Networking & Internet > AdvancedMobile Operators

  2. Add new operator

    Click on the option more and add operator

  3. Scan the QR code

    Google pixel scan camera will be automatically activated

  4. Download and install the eSIM

    After recognizing the eSIM profile you download and install it

Activate eSIM via activation code

It is also possible to add an eSIM to your phone using an activation code provided by your operator. In this case, follow the guide to step 2 and instead of scanning the QR press the option Use activation code. Now simply enter the relevant data to start downloading the eSIM.

How to activate an eSIM in Google Pixel 4

The Google Pixel 4 has a similar shape to configure it. In addition, it has an assistant that allows you to activate an eSIM card on your AT&T, Google Fi or Sprint mobile phone.

Google Pixel 4. Image: Daniel Romero (

In general, the changes introduced in this version are focused on usability, by adding questions in the pop ups to generate an interaction at the time of activating an eSIM card to Google Pixel 4.

Here are some simple steps to activate your eSIM on a Google Pixel 4.

FAQ sobre eSIM card and Google Pixel

Can I activate any eSIM in Google Pixel 2?

No. This version does not allow you to install any eSIM other than those offered by Google Fi.

Which Google Pixel smartphones are compatible with eSIM?

Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL uses virtual card esim.

What is the Google Pixel DSDS service?

Dual SIM, Dual Standby allows you to have two SIM cards working at the same time, being interdependent. When the SIM 1 is called, the other SIM is deactivated.