How to activate eSIM data packages
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What's the eSIM activation process?
If this is your first time using an eSIM (digital SIM card), it can be confusing to know the different between buying an eSIM data package, installing an eSIM on your device, and activating your data package so you can use it …
Check if your device can use eSIM
The first step is making sure your device is eSIM-compatible. Most newer phones and tablets are built to accept eSIMs (digital SIM cards), but you can check your device with our free SIM device checker.
Shop for a prepaid eSIM data package
Install your eSIM on your device
Activate your eSIM data package
If you’re looking for information on activating eSIM data packages, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll show you how to activate your eSIM data package and make sure your device uses your eSIM for data.
What is eSIM?
You might be familiar with traditional physical SIM cards: those little pieces of plastic that can be inserted in phones and tablets to give them mobile data.
Well, an eSIM is a digital SIM card, so think of it as the downloadable version that lives invisibly inside your phone (similar to an app), allowing you to connect to networks in countries all over the world.
If you’re going to be travelling internationally, an eSIM is a great way to connect to local networks in a new country for an affordable price. With prepaid data packages, you’re in control of how much data you buy.
How much do eSIM data packages cost?
Here at aloSIM, our eSIM data packages start as low as $3.50 for a week’s worth of data depending on the location. You can check all prices in the free aloSIM app or by shopping our eSIM store online.
When you buy an eSIM data package, you get to choose the length of time you can stay connected to data networks (anywhere from 7-30 days, typically) and how much data you want to use (1GB to 20GB for most locations).
When do I activate eSIM data packages?
Before activation, make sure you’ve already installed your eSIM so it’s available on your device.
The eSIM activation process means you’re “starting the clock” on your prepaid data package, so if you’ve purchased a 30-day package, your 30-day countdown begins the moment you activate it.
If you’re using your eSIM data for international travel, we’ll explain how to prep your device so it’s ready to activate your eSIM data package as soon as you arrive in the new country/region.
Can I activate an eSIM once I’m partway through a trip?
If you’re using an iPhone or iPad (running the latest iOS), your Apple eSIM data package may automatically activate during installation, so it’s best to install your eSIM just before you’re about to start using the data, in case it auto-activates.
Do I need data or Wi-Fi to complete an eSIM activation?
When you’re activating eSIM data packages, you do not require Wi-Fi or data.
The eSIM data package activation process is really just “telling” your device to start using your eSIM for data and letting it connect to aloSIM’s supported networks. (We’ll show you exactly what to do.)
What does eSIM activation actually involve?
For eSIM data package activation on an iPhone or iPad, Google Pixel, or Samsung device, you’ll toggle your eSIM on, let it roam, check your APN, and make sure your iPhone stops letting your primary SIM use data or roam new networks so you don’t pay carrier roaming charges.