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How to set up eSIM on a new iPhone

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Say goodbye to your physical SIM card. | Image: Samar Haddad / The Verge

If you’ve purchased an iPhone 14 or 15 series phone in the US — or one of the latest iPads — you’ll notice it’s missing one key feature: a SIM tray. That’s because Apple’s gone all in on eSIM, which is a digital version of the tiny card that allows you to use your wireless provider’s network.

There’s good news and bad news here. If you’re switching from an older iPhone, activating an eSIM on your new iPhone is incredibly easy. If you’re switching from an Android phone to an iPhone 14, well, it’s less straightforward.

Whichever path you need to take, we’ve got some guidance for you.

iPhone with physical SIM to iPhone 14 or 15

To switch from an iPhone with a physical SIM card to an eSIM iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Make sure your old…

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