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How to enable dual SIM feature on Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR in India

Here's how to use dual-SIM on iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.

  • Published: October 31, 2018 3:32 PM IST
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Apple has finally pushed out iOS 12.1 update to enable dual-SIM functionality on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Unlike Android smartphones where you get two physical SIM card slots, Apple’s dual-SIM feature works differently across the world, except China.

The latest Apple iPhone users have an option of one physical SIM and one eSIM as part of dual-SIM functionality, although as of now only Reliance Jio and Airtel are offering the eSIM option. Apple did mention Vodafone during the iPhone launch presentation, but unfortunately, the company is yet to provide eSIM services in India.

Needless to say that physical Nano-SIM card option works the same way as any other phone, but eSIM option is usually enabled from operator’s side. Here’s how you can enable dual-SIM on your iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR if you are on Airtel (first reported by FoneArena).

Watch: Apple iPhone XS, XS Max Hands On

Steps to enable dual SIM on iPhone XS, XS Max and XR

Step One

To begin with, update your phone to iOS 12.1

Step Two

Send an SMS to 121 – Type “eSIM” <space> “registered email id” (in case you don’t have registered email, then get in touch with customer care to register it first).

Step Three

After the SMS, you’ll receive an email from Airtel that will have a QR code

Step Four

Scan this QR code using your iPhone by going to Settings > Cellular > Add Cellular Plan. (Alternatively, you can also manually install these values.)

After this, iPhone users will receive a confirmation SMS from Airtel and they will be required to reply with the consent for activating eSIM.

To note, all three Apple iPhones – iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR – take physical Nano-SIM as primary by default and eSIM as secondary. But if you like to change the order of these SIM cards, then it can be configured from the Settings menu.

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  • Published Date: October 31, 2018 3:32 PM IST