Use Apple SIM with Wi-Fi + Cellular models of iPad

With Apple SIM, you can easily sign up for short-term, long-term, or shared cellular data plans right on your Wi-Fi + Cellular model iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 3 and later.

Find out if you have an embedded Apple SIM or an Apple SIM card

Find out which iPad model you have and make sure that it works with an Apple SIM.

Embedded Apple SIM

Your Wi-Fi + Cellular model iPad Pro (9.7-inch) has an embedded Apple SIM that's built into the iPad.* There's also a nano-SIM tray, which you can use with a nano-SIM card from any carrier or an existing Apple SIM card with one or more plans already installed on it.

If you insert an unused Apple SIM in your Wi-Fi + Cellular model iPad Pro (9.7-inch), that SIM won't be used. All new plans will be added to the embedded Apple SIM. If you insert an unused SIM card into this iPad, you'll get a message saying that the SIM card isn't compatible and recommending that you use the embedded Apple SIM.

Apple SIM card

Wi-Fi + Cellular models of iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 and later might come with either an Apple SIM card or a carrier SIM card in the SIM card tray.

If your iPad didn't come with an Apple SIM card, you can buy an Apple SIM kit at an Apple Retail Store in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or Turkey.

Set up a cellular data plan

When you're in a country with carriers that support Apple SIM, you can set up and manage a cellular data plan right from your iPad. Go to Settings > Cellular Data > Set Up Cellular Data and you'll see a list of available carriers.

Learn more about embedded Apple SIM in the iPad Pro (9.7-inch)

The Wi-Fi + Cellular model iPad Pro (9.7-inch) has both an embedded Apple SIM and a nano-SIM tray. This helps you stay connected with a cellular data plan when you're away from a Wi-Fi hotspot. If you buy your iPad Pro from a carrier store, you might be limited to the carrier's cellular data network. Here's more information, depending on where you bought your iPad Pro:

  • United States:
    • Verizon (Verizon retail locations): The embedded Apple SIM isn't enabled. You can use a nano-SIM card from another carrier in the nano-SIM tray.
    • AT&T (AT&T retail locations): The embedded Apple SIM is locked to AT&T. You can use a nano-SIM card from another carrier in the nano-SIM tray. Contact AT&T for details of their Carrier Reveal program to enable Apple SIM for other carriers.
  • China: Apple SIM isn't available in China. You can use a nano-SIM card from any carrier in the SIM tray. You can buy an Apple SIM kit to use in countries that support Apple SIM. These kits are available at Apple Retail Stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.
  • Japan: 
    • AU, DoCoMo, Softbank (purchased in a carrier retail location): The embedded Apple SIM and nano-SIM tray are locked to the carrier that sold you your iPad. Outside Japan, you can use the embedded Apple SIM or a nano-SIM card in the SIM tray to set up a cellular data plan with a different carrier.
    • KDDI (KDDI retail locations): The embedded Apple SIM is locked to KDDI in Japan. The nano-SIM tray is locked to the carrier that sold you your iPad. Outside Japan, you can use the embedded Apple SIM or a nano-SIM  card in the SIM tray to set up a cellular data plan with a different carrier. 
  • United Kingdom: EE (EE retail locations): The embedded Apple SIM is locked to EE in the UK. Outside the UK, you can use the embedded Apple SIM to set up a cellular data plan with a different carrier. The nano-SIM tray is unlocked.
  • Germany: DT (DT retail locations): The embedded Apple SIM is locked to DT in Germany. Outside Germany, you can use the embedded Apple SIM to set up a cellular data plan with a different carrier. The nano-SIM tray is unlocked.

*Except in China.

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