Google was one of the first smartphone companies to incorporate eSIM technology. In this guide, we will show you how to set up an eSIM on a Google Pixel device and start enjoying the future in cellular communication.
Configure eSIM in Google Pixel 3
As with other smartphones, Google Pixel 3 allows you to add a virtual SIM card in two ways: by scanning a QR code sent by the operator or by using an activation code. Both methods work, however the QR code is the most straightforward option.
Activate eSIM via QR code
After requesting your eSIM from the eSIM provider, you will receive a QR code on your email or on paper.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
We will now show you the steps you must follow to add your eSIM to Google Pixel with a QR code.
- Go to Operator
Go to Settings > Networking & Internet > Advanced Mobile Operators
- Add new operator
Click on “More” and “Add operator”
- Scan the QR code
Your Google Pixel camera will activate automatically
- Download and install the eSIM
After scanning the eSIM, you will be able to download and install the eSIM with the data plan
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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, but instead of scanning the QR code press “Use Activation Code”. Then just enter the code from your provider to start downloading the eSIM.
How to activate an eSIM in Google Pixel 4
You can configure a Google Pixel 4 using the steps above. In addition, it has an assistant that allows you to activate an eSIM card on your AT&T, Google Fi or Sprint cellphone.
Here are some simple steps to activate your eSIM.
- Go to Settings > Network and Internet > Mobile Network.
- Select Operator and tap Add Operator.
- Select Don’t have a SIM card? Then tap Next.
- Scan the QR code.
- Select Start and eSIM will be added.
FAQs about eSIM card and the Google Pixel
No. This version does not allow you to install any eSIM other than those offered by Google Fi.
Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL are eSIM compatible. If your cellphone is incompatible, you can buy a physical SIM for travelers.
Dual SIM, Dual Standby allows you to have two SIM cards activated at the same time. When SIM 1 is activated, the other SIM is deactivated.