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How to set up an eSIM on a Samsung Galaxy

The future of the SIM is the eSIM and knowing how to configure it in our mobiles is an essential step that brings us closer to the future in communication. In this guide we will teach you how to configure the last eSIM compatible mobiles. Consequently, smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Z and Samsung Galaxy S20 have been designed with this technology, and compete directly with the iPhone 11, XR and the new iPhone 12.

You will need

– An eSIM profile: Holafly travellers can purchase an eSIM for their favourite destinations from our store.

– A device that supports eSIM.

– An Internet connection via mobile data or Wifi.

How to add an eSIM as a primary line on your Samsung Galaxy

In the beginning eSIM was only allowed to be configured in clocks as an extension of the main line. Devices such as the iPhone with its Apple Watch allowed this type of setting, giving independence to the smartphone’s clock. Something indispensable in cases where we need to go out and leave the phone at home.

Now, the rapid implementation of eSIM in new devices as a main line, has made it possible to take advantage of other benefits offered by this technology, by completely eliminating the need for the SIM in our smartphones, as already happened with the Motorola Razr

Here are the steps you need to take to set up an eSIM on a Samsung Galaxy Fold, Z Flip, and S20, as your main line.

Tiempo necesario: 10 minutos.

Steps to set up a virtual card on a Samsung device.

  1. Go to Connections

    Go to settings > Connections
    eSIM configuration in Samsung Galaxy: Go to connections

  2. Login to SIM Card Manager

    Here you will see the SIM cards you have added.

  3. Select Add Mobile Plan

    In this step, your Samsung will look for a plan that is already active with the operator.
    sim card manager 3 samsung

  4. Press Add plan using QR code

    You must have received it from the phone provider.
    QR code esim

  5. Read the QR code

    Focus it with your camera.
    sacan qr code esim samsung

  6. Add it to

    Your phone will find it, agree to add it to the download.
    add new plan eSIM samsung

  7. Activate it on your Samsung phone

    Accept power up to activate.
    mobile plan esim samsung

  8. Verification

    Your new eSIM will be added in the SIM Card Manager.
    esim on samsung

Later, after you have set up the eSIM on your Samsung Galaxy phone and have consumed the data or wish to remove a plan, simply select it and delete it. You can also remove all plans by selecting “Delete all plans” and confirming the process.

Adding an eSIM as a secondary line on your Samsung Galaxy

Before Samsung launched the Galaxy Fold, S20 and Z Flip smartphones, there were already “Watch” and “Watch Active” watches. Both have the peculiarity of having incorporated the ability to connect through eSIM. In this section we will show you how to configure them step by step.

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The Galaxy Watch allows you to be connected independently. Source:

Configuring eSIM on the Samsung Galaxy Watch

Follow these steps to set your Galaxy Watch:

  1. Install Galaxy Wearable on your mobile
    • You must download it from the Samsung store or Play Store.
  2. Then, bring your Galaxy Smart Watch to your mobile device.
    When it is detected, click on “Connect”.
    • You will be shown a code, it must be the same on both devices.
  3. Confirm the code to pair them by pressing “OK”.
    • Pairing will start, after that press “next” to accept the terms.
  4. Your phone will start searching for a mobile network in your Galaxy Watch.
    • If you can’t find it, go to “Mobile Networks” in the Galaxy Wearable App.
  5. Select “Use code”.
    • Now you can scan your eSIM QR, accept the conditions and click on “Download”.
  6. Wait until the connection is complete.
    • From now on your Galaxy Watch has a separate connection.

Operators worldwide that support eSIM on the Samsung Galaxy

After the launch of eSIM, several manufacturers have started to develop devices that include this technology. However, it is the operator who decides how the virtual SIM works.

As an example, in the United States, the Samsung Galaxy S20 in February 2020 did not receive support for eSIM. Since then, several users were outraged to know that operators like AT&T did not give support in that country. In contrast, in other countries like Mexico if the virtual SIM worked with this operator.

In the following table you will find a list of countries and operators that support activating an eSIM on the Samsung Galaxy as a main line. If you want to see a list that includes other devices, you can do it in mobile phones models that support eSIM.

Galaxy Fold
Galaxy Z Flip
Galaxy S20
Movistar, OrangeMovistar, Orange, VodafoneMovistar, Orange, Vodafone

1&1, O2, Telekom, Vodafone1&1, O2, Telekom, Vodafone
FranceOrangeOrange, SFROrange, SFR
MexicoAT&T, Telcel
ThailandAISAIS, dtac, TrueMove HAIS, dtac, TrueMove H
Brasil Claro, TIM, Vivo Claro, TIM, Vivo
VietnamMobiFone, Viettel, VinaphoneMobiFone, Viettel, Vinaphone
Table 1. Operators who support eSIM configuration in Samsung Galaxy. Adapted from: Samsung

To be noted!

If you are buying a new phone and have a decisive factor in activating an eSIM card in it, make sure your operator supports it on Samsung Galaxy devices.

FAQs when configuring eSIM on Samsung Galaxy

Does eSIM work on my Samsung Galaxy S20 if my carrier offers it on iPhone?

No. The iPhone is supported by most carriers, this does not mean that your Galaxy S20 will work. You need to check with your carrier to make sure it is supported.

Will my Samsung Galaxy S20 be supported by my carrier’s eSIM in the future?

It is likely that after an upgrade you will be able to enable eSIM support in your operator, as the Samsung Galaxy S20 hardware has this technology built in.

Does removing a mobile plan mean that I have unlinked my eSIM to my operator?

No. To terminate your eSIM service you must contact your operator