How to Transfer Your SIM Card from Android Phone to iPhone 14

How to Transfer Your SIM Card from Android Phone to iPhone 14

With Apple moving to an eSIM-only configuration in this year’s iPhone 14 lineup, it may seem like things have gotten a little more complicated for people who want to switch from another smartphone platform. After all, you won’t be able to switch your SIM card from your old phone to your iPhone 14, since there’s no longer a place to put it – at least on US iPhone 14 models.

However, the good news is that this is not as complicated as it seems. Although Apple has worked with carriers to provide a very smooth transition to a physical SIM or eSIM from an older iPhone model, an eSIM is still easy to use even if you’re coming from another platform like Android.

Although Apple’s decision to switch exclusively to an eSIM is getting a lot of attention right now, it’s important to remember that an eSIM is not a proprietary technology of Apple. Many Android devices released in the past few years also support eSIM, including those from Google, Samsung, Oppo, Huawei, and more.

Unfortunately, methods like Apple’s eSIM Quick Transfer be It is proprietary, which means that you will not be able to transfer your eSIM from Android to iPhone as smoothly as you can from iPhone to iPhone. Instead, you will have to rely on whatever options your carrier offers.

How to activate an eSIM using eSIM Carrier Activation

If you bought your iPhone 14 from A telecom company supports the activation of the eSIM Carrier service from AppleThere’s a good chance it’ll be ready to go right out of the box, no matter what platform you come from. This is similar to how most carriers previously shipped a new SIM card to use with your new iPhone, with a quick process to activate the new SIM and deactivate the old one.

US mobile providers that support Apple’s Carrier Activation feature include AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, as well as Boost Mobile, Cellcom, Credo Mobile, C Spire, FirstNet, H2O Wireless, Spectrum Mobile, Straight Talk, Strata, Tracfone, US Cellular and Xfinity Mobile.

With eSIM Carrier Activation, your iPhone 14 is pre-assigned to your carrier’s network based on IMEI and other internal device identifiers. When you first set up your iPhone 14, it downloads the necessary information to configure the eSIM for your account. Just make sure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi during the setup process.

Step 1: Swipe up from a file Hello Screen to start setting up your new iPhone 14.

Step 2: When prompted, choose a Wi-Fi network to connect to and enter the Wi-Fi password.

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Step 3: Wait for the iPhone 14 activation process to complete.

The fourth step: if it was Choose a cellular plan The screen appears, select the plan associated with your eSIM, then select Complete.

Fifth step: Choose Complete When Cellular setup complete The message appears.

Mobile operators that support eSIM Carrier Activation can configure the eSIM remotely. If an eSIM was not provided automatically during the initial setup process, either because it wasn’t set up correctly or because you bought it from Apple or another retailer, you can contact customer support and ask them to set it up for you.

In this case, finish setting up your iPhone. Once your carrier has provided your eSIM on their end and is ready to go, you will receive a notification saying so The carrier’s cellular plan is ready to install. Select that and follow the instructions to accept your new plan.

How to transfer your eSIM using your carrier’s app

Many mobile apps provided by carriers to manage your account also provide ways to transfer a physical SIM or eSIM from another phone to the new eSIM in your iPhone 14.

How you do this will depend on the carrier and the app you’re using, but the one thing they have in common is that you won’t be able to configure an eSIM during the initial setup process. Instead, you’ll need to set up your iPhone 14 over Wi-Fi, skip setting up an eSIM, then download and use your carrier’s app once everything else is on.

Step 1: Swipe up from a file Hello Screen to start setting up your new iPhone 14.

Step 2: Continue the setup process until you reach the file Set up the cell phone Monitor.

Step 3: Choose You can set up later in Settings.

Three iPhones showing the steps to configure an eSIM using the Mint Mobile app.

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The fourth step: Finish setting up your iPhone. After completing the setup process and getting to your home screen, download the carrier app from the App Store and follow the instructions to Installations or Transformation your eSIM from your old phone.

How to transfer your eSIM using a QR code

If your carrier supports it, you can also configure the eSIM during initial setup by scanning a QR code. This code is provided by your carrier and may be mailed to you, made available at a retail outlet, or shown in your customer account on the carrier’s website.

The advantage of this method over using the mobile app is that you can scan this QR code while setting up your iPhone 14 and you’re ready to go right away.

Step 1: Swipe up from a file Hello Screen to start setting up your new iPhone 14.

Step 2: Follow the setup process until you reach Set up the cell phone Monitor.

Step 3: Choose Use the QR code.

Three iPhones showing steps to configure an eSIM using a QR code or entering information manually.

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The fourth step: Follow the instructions to point your iPhone camera to the QR code. You can do this with a printed code or directly from a second screen, such as your old phone, tablet, or computer.

Fifth step: If you are unable to scan a QR code, or if your carrier has provided you with manual activation codes instead, select Enter the details manually Type the activation information provided by your carrier on the next screen.

Sixth step: Wait for the iPhone 14 eSIM activation process to complete.

Seventh step: Choose Complete When Cellular setup complete The message appears.

The above steps should help you transfer your primary line from a physical SIM or eSIM on your Android smartphone to an eSIM on your new iPhone 14. However, when in doubt, we highly recommend that you contact your carrier for assistance. There are 40 carriers in the US that support eSIM, and each may have a slightly different way of providing an eSIM, especially those that don’t use Apple’s eSIM Carrier Activation feature.

Note that the iPhone 14 has two eSIM cards, allowing you to support two phone lines simultaneously. While you can only move the base line during the initial setup, you can move a second line or configure a new one later through the Settings app. Check out our guide on How to set up and use the second line on iPhone with an eSIM for more information.

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