eSIM is a digital SIM that allows you to activate a cellular plan from your carrier without using a physical SIM. You can install multiple eSIMs on your iPhone and use two phone numbers simultaneously. However, there may be situations where you want to remove an eSIM from your iPhone, such as when you switch carriers, change plans, or sell your device.
This article will show you how to remove an eSIM from your iPhone in simple steps. We will also explain what happens when you remove an eSIM and how to transfer an eSIM to another device.
What is eSIM on iPhone?
An eSIM is a digital SIM embedded in your iPhone and can store multiple cellular plans. You can activate an eSIM by scanning a QR code from your carrier, using your carrier’s app, or using eSIM Carrier Activation or eSIM Quick Transfer.
eSIM on iPhone is supported by iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later models. You need iOS 12.1 or later and a wireless carrier that supports eSIM. You can check the list of eligible countries, regions, and languages here.
eSIM on iPhone allows you to simultaneously use Dual SIM with two active SIMs. You can use one number for business and another for personal calls, add a local data plan when traveling abroad, or have separate voice and data plans.
You can also switch between different eSIMs on your iPhone without swapping physical SIM cards. You can label your eSIMs and choose which one to use for making or receiving calls and messages, for cellular data, and for assigning to your contacts.
What are the Benefits of Using an eSIM on an iPhone?
Some of the benefits of using an eSIM on your iPhone are:
- You can use multiple cellular plans on your iPhone without swapping physical SIM cards.
- You can add a local data plan when you travel abroad and save on roaming charges.
- You can have separate voice and data plans for different purposes.
- You can switch between different eSIMs easily on your iPhone.
How to Remove an eSIM from iPhone
If you want to remove an eSIM from your iPhone, you can do so by following these steps:
- Go to Settings > Cellular.
- Tap the name of the plan that you want to remove.
- Tap Remove Cellular Plan.
- Tap Remove [Carrier] Plan again to confirm.
Alternatively, you can remove an eSIM by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This will erase all the data and settings on your iPhone, including all the eSIMs. Make sure you back up your iPhone before doing this.
What Happens When You Remove an eSIM from iPhone?
When you remove an eSIM from your iPhone, the following things will happen:
- The cellular plan associated with the eSIM will be deactivated on your iPhone. You won’t be able to make or receive calls and messages or use cellular data with that plan.
- The eSIM will be erased from your iPhone. You won’t be able to see it in the Settings app or switch between it and other plans.
- The eSIM will remain active with your carrier. You will still be charged for the plan until you cancel it with your carrier. You can also reactivate the plan on another device by scanning the QR code or using the same activation method.
How to Transfer an eSIM to Another Device
If you want to transfer an eSIM from your iPhone to another device, such as a new iPhone or an iPad, you can do so by following these steps:
- On your old device, go to Settings > Cellular.
- Tap the name of the plan that you want to transfer.
- Tap Convert Cellular Plan.
- Tap Convert Cellular Plan again.
- Wait for your eSIM to activate on your new device.
- On your new device, go to Settings > Cellular.
- Tap Add Cellular Plan.
- Scan the QR code that appears on your old device.
Alternatively, you can transfer an eSIM by using eSIM Quick Transfer, which allows you to transfer the SIM from your previous iPhone to your new iPhone without contacting your carrier. To use this feature, both devices must have iOS 15 or later and support Dual SIM with two active SIMs simultaneously.
eSIM is a convenient and flexible way to use multiple cellular plans on your iPhone without using physical SIM cards. However, if you want to remove an eSIM from your iPhone, you can do so easily by following the steps in this article. You can also transfer an eSIM to another device using a QR code or eSIM Quick Transfer.
We hope you have found this article helpful and informative. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.
iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later models support eSIM.
You can remove an eSIM by clicking Settings > Cellular and tapping Remove Cellular Plan.
When you remove an eSIM from your iPhone, the cellular plan will be deactivated on your iPhone, the eSIM will be erased from your iPhone, but the eSIM will remain active with your carrier.
You can check if your iPhone supports eSIM by going to Settings > General > About and looking for Digital SIM in the Model Name field.
You can check if your carrier supports eSIM by contacting them directly or visiting their website.