Transfer a SIM from your previous iPhone to eSIM on your new iPhone

Find out how to transfer an eSIM or physical SIM from your previous iPhone to your new iPhone.

What you need

To transfer an eSIM to a new eSIM:

To transfer a physical SIM to a new eSIM:

  • Your previous iPhone needs iOS 14 or later.
  • Your new iPhone must be iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR or later.
  • Your new iPhone also needs iOS 14 or later.

With iOS 13.1 and later, some network providers support transferring your eSIM during Quick Start. Contact your network provider to see if they support this transfer process.

 

Transfer your eSIM during setup

If you're asked to "Transfer Mobile Data Plan" during Quick Start setup, follow these steps to transfer your eSIM:

  1. Select the numbers that you want to transfer to your new iPhone and tap continue at the bottom of the page. If you choose to decide later, you can still complete the plan transfer after you’ve set up your iPhone.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish setting up your device.
  3. Make a call on your new iPhone to check its cellular connectivity before removing your mobile data plan from your previous iPhone. Contact your network provider if you have any questions.

When your mobile data plan is activated on your new iPhone, the plan on your previous iPhone will be deactivated.

Transfer an eSIM from your previous iPhone to an eSIM on your new iPhone after setup

To complete the eSIM transfer process, you'll need to approve it on the previous iPhone currently using this mobile data plan. If you no longer have your previous iPhone, contact your network provider to transfer your mobile data plan. 

If you’ve already set up your device, follow these steps to transfer your eSIM:

  1. On your new iPhone, open Settings > Cellular, then tap Add Mobile Data Plan. If your eSIM plan is available, you'll see it listed. If you don't see a mobile data plan listed, check your Apple ID login and two-factor authentication. Then follow these steps or contact your network provider.

  2. Tap an available mobile data plan, then tap Add Mobile Data Plan at the bottom of the screen.

  3. On your previous iPhone, a message will appear asking if you want to transfer your phone number to your new phone. Tap transfer. Once you tap transfer, the mobile data plan will no longer be available on your previous iPhone. Your previous iPhone needs to be near your new iPhone to complete this process. 

  4. If a Finish Setting Up Your Network Provider's Mobile Data Plan banner appears on your new device, tap it.
  5. Tap Continue. You will be redirected to your network provider's web page to transfer your eSIM. If you need help, contact your network provider.  
  6. Make a call on your new iPhone to check its cellular connectivity before removing your mobile data plan from your previous iPhone. Contact your network provider if you have any questions.

Transfer a physical SIM from your previous iPhone to an eSIM on your new iPhone after setup

Before you get started, note these requirements:

  • If you plan to use Dual SIM in the future, remove the physical SIM from your previous iPhone and install it into your new iPhone without converting it to eSIM. Dual SIM only works if you have one physical SIM and one eSIM installed in your iPhone.
  • To transfer an eSIM or physical SIM to your new iPhone, you need to approve the transfer on your previous iPhone that's currently using the mobile data plan. If you no longer have your previous iPhone, contact your network provider to transfer your mobile data plan.
  • Transferring a physical SIM to an eSIM requires iOS 14 or later.

If you’ve already set up your new iPhone, follow these steps to transfer your physical SIM:

  1. On your new iPhone, go to Settings > Cellular, then tap Add Mobile Data Plan. The next screen lists your previous iPhone that has a physical SIM. Tap your phone number to continue. If you don't see a mobile data plan listed, check your Apple ID login and two-factor authentication. Then follow these steps or contact your network provider.

  2. Your new iPhone asks you to confirm that you want to convert the physical SIM from your previous iPhone to the eSIM on your new iPhone. Tap Convert Mobile Data Plan. 

  3. If you plan to use Dual SIM in the future, remove the physical SIM from your previous iPhone and install it into your new iPhone without converting it to eSIM. Otherwise, tap Convert to eSIM.

  4. Tap OK on the alert that says you must approve the transfer on your previous iPhone. If you don’t have your previous iPhone, contact your network provider to transfer your plan.

  5. On your previous iPhone, tap Transfer to confirm that you want to transfer the mobile data plan and number from your physical SIM to the eSIM on your new iPhone.

  6. Wait for the mobile data plan to activate on your new iPhone. Your previous SIM card is deactivated when the mobile data plan on your new iPhone activates.

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