What is an eSIM?
eSIM is nothing but a digital SIM that is embedded in a mobile device, including your handset or watch, for connectivity. Since it’s pre-installed, you don’t need a physical SIM card to use the wireless services. This saves space and allows users to seamlessly switch to a new mobile operator without going through the hassle of getting a new sim card. Airtel was among the first telecom operators to launch eSIM for smartphones and smartwatches.
How much time does it take for Airtel eSIM activation?
Once the setup process is complete, the eSIM activation takes nearly 2 hours to process. That said, if you have a physical Airtel SIM card, you can continue using airtel services during the activation period.
How to setup Airtel eSIM on iPhones and Android mobile phones
Step 1: Convert your Physical SIM to eSIM or existing eSIM to eSIM
For converting your physical SIM to eSIM or existing eSIM to eSIM, there are a few steps which you would need to go through:
1. For initiation of the process, SMS eSIM<>registered email id to 121
2. A) If your email id is valid, you will receive a SMS from 121, confirming initiation of the process. You would need to reply back with “1” to confirm the eSIM change request within 60 sec.
B) If your email id is invalid, you will receive a SMS from 121, asking you to re-initiate the process with the correct email id, will also guide you on how to update the email id.
3. Post receiving the confirmation sent by you for step”2″, you will receive another SMS from 121 asking you to provide a consent over a call, failing which the SIM change request will get cancelled.
4. After providing your consent on the call, you will receive a final SMS from 121, regarding the QR Code which you will receive on your registered
Step 2: QR Code received on your registered email id after completion of Step 1
After the Step 1 is complete, you would receive a QR Code on your registered email id. The eSIM activation would take around 2 hours, please scan the QR Code immediately upon receipt. Your existing SIM will continue to work during this period.
List of smartphones with eSIM support
|IPHONES||ANDROID MOBILE PHONES|
|Iphone 14 Pro & Max||Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra|
|Iphone 14 & Plus||Samsung Galaxy S22+|
|iPhone 13 Pro Max||Samsung Galaxy S22|
|iPhone 13 Pro||Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra|
|iPhone 13||Samsung Galaxy S21+|
|iPhone 13 mini||Samsung Galaxy S21|
|iPhone 12 Pro Max||Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra|
|iPhone 12 Pro||Samsung Galaxy S20+|
|iPhone 12||Samsung Galaxy S20|
|iPhone 12 mini||Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3|
|iPhone 11 Pro||Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2|
|iPhone 11||Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2|
|iPhone XS Max||Motorola Razr|
|iPhone SE (2022)|
|iPhone SE (2020)|