Android’s eSIM migration comes to more smartphones. Here’s how it works

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During last year’s Mobile World Congress, Google introduced new eSIM transfer technology that allows users to transfer mobile plans from one device to another without using a physical SIM card. At the time, the process was only available for Pixel devices but, accordingly Mishal RahmanThe feature has started popping up for other devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Ultra 24.

In 2018, Google announced They are bringing eSIM technology to more networks around the world, saying “To enable a consistent and simple experience across the ecosystem, we are also developing a program that allows Android device manufacturers to create eSIM-enabled smartphones. We look forward to continuing. “Work with our partners on the potential benefits of eSIM—whether it connects you to a phone, watch, tablet or laptop—in the future.”

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The eSIM process is simple: When both your old and new phones are close to each other, a prompt “Transfer SIM to” will appear. [insert new phone model]” will be displayed on your old device. Tap next and a QR code will appear on your new phone, while a small camera viewfinder will appear on your old phone. Just scan the QR code with the old phone and all your information will automatically start transferring on.

The Samsung eSIM transfer tool was originally included with One UI 5.1 and was only intended to work between Galaxy devices. However, it has been reported (by Reddit user shredded chicken) that the latest One UI update (version 6.1) indicates that Samsung Transfer is now compatible with non-Galaxy devices.

According to, eSIMs offer multiple benefits: you never have to worry about buying a new SIM card; You can save multiple profiles on a single device and easily switch between them; And an eSIM uses less space and is more durable and reliable than a traditional SIM card.

Apple is taking on the e-SIM is that they are much more secure than physical SIM cards because they cannot be removed (and used in other devices) if your phone is lost or stolen.

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One caveat: eSIM migration technology currently appears to be limited to T-Mobile in the US, but widespread adoption of the technology should be rolling out soon. Of course, any Pixel user should request an eSIM transfer when setting up a new device.

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