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Steps To Activate Dual Sim Feature On iPhone XS, XS Max & iPhone XR

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Apple has finally announced that the dual-SIM functionality introduced in the iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR. This function is now available on iPhone users via the iOS 12 .1 update.

While Apple says the phone has two SIMs, the traditional implementation of two physical SIM cards is only available in China. People who recently have bought iPhone can have SIM as well as e-SIM as part of the dual-SIM functionality, although as of now only Reliance Jio and Airtel are offering the eSIM option.

The physical Nano-SIM card option works the same way as any other phone, but eSIM usually is enabled from operator’s side. Here’s how you can enable dual-SIM on your iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR.

Steps to enable dual SIM on iPhone XS, XS Max and XR

-The first thing you need to do is update your phone to iOS 12.1

-The next step is to send an SMS to 121 from your device for converting your SIM to eSIM. – Type “eSIM” <space> “registered email id”. If somehow you don’t have a registered email, then with the help of customer care you can register yourself.

-After sending the SMS on the aforementioned 3-digit number, you’ll receive an email from Airtel with a QR code attached to it.

-Scan this QR code using your iPhone by going to Settings > Cellular > Add Cellular Plan.

-After this, iPhone users will receive a confirmation SMS from Airtel and they will reply with the consent for activating eSIM.

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Interested owners of iPhone also need to note that all three Apple iPhones take physical Nano-SIM as primary by default and eSIM as secondary. But if some user wants to change the order of these SIM cards, then it can be configured from the Settings menu.

Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max users can store more than one eSIM on their phone, but only one can be used at a time. To switch between eSIMs, open “Settings” menu, and tap on “Celluar”. Next click on “Cellular Plans” to select the plan to use. Finally, click on “Turn On This Line.” Again, eSIM carrier options in India are limited to Reliance Jio and Airtel so that needs to be kept in mind.

Right now in India, only two telcos, which are Airtel and Reliance Jio support eSIM functionality as of now with more carriers like Vodafone expected to join the list soon. The option is available for Airtel postpaid users only, while both prepaid and postpaid customers of Reliance Jio can activate eSIM on their iPhone.

 

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