One of the main highlights of the 2018 iPhones is the dual-SIM support. This long-awaited feature means a lot to users who want more flexibility in the choice or switching of operators. If there was no resistance from the operators, Apple would have introduced the digital SIM card on the iPhone much sooner. In any case, better late than never! Let’s see how to use the dual SIM card on iPhone Xs or Xs Max.
As mentioned above, the dual SIM card offers several advantages. For example, you can keep one number for your business and another for personal calls. Even if you do not run a business, you want the privilege of two phone numbers.
When traveling abroad, you can easily add a local data plan to save a lot of money. Better yet, it gives you the freedom to get separate voice and data packages for a more streamlined experience.
What is eSIM?
Before diving into the process of configuring Dual SIM on iPhones 2018, I would like to talk about eSIM briefly.
“E” means an integrated SIM card. Unlike the physical SIM card, eSIM is integrated into the device. It’s a tiny chip that allows you to verify your identity with an operator.
eSIM was already available on the latest iPad and Apple Watch. Now, the technology giant has decided to bring it also on iPhones.
What you need to know
- Once you enable eSIM, your iPhone will only be able to use one cellular data network at a time.
- Do not forget that if one of your numbers is busy, incoming calls on the other number will automatically be sent to voicemail. This will only happen if you have enabled it for your operator.
- Apple will add dual SIM support for compatible iPhones later this year through the iOS 12 software update.
- You will only be able to use two different operators on your unlocked iPhone.
- To date, Apple’s eSIM is supported only in 10 countries, including Austria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- Outraged; operators must offer compatibility with the digital SIM card. At present, only AT & T, T-Mobile and Verizon support it in the United States.
- For China and Hong Kong, Apple will launch a special version of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max to allow users to insert two physical SIM cards.
How to use Dual SIM on iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max
How to configure Cellular Plan with eSIM on iPhone Xs or Xs Max
Going into a cellular plan using eSIM is simple because it only has a few steps.
Step 1. Launch the Applying settings on your iOS device → Tap Cellular.
Step 2. Now, tap Add a cellular plan
Step 3 Then use your iPhone’s camera to scan the QR code offered by your carrier.
In some cases, you will receive confirmation from the carrier. Enter it to enable eSIM on your iPhone Xs.
- There is also an option to manually enter your plan information. To do this, press Enter details manually basically. Then follow the instructions to complete the process.
- To activate your cellular plan with an operator application, download its application on the App Store first. Then choose a preferred cellular plan of the application.
How to change eSIM on iPhone Xs and Xs Max
Although you are allowed to store multiple eSim in your iPhone, you will only be able to use one at a time.
Step 1. Open Applying settings on your iPhone.
2nd step. Now press Cellular → Cellular plans.
Step 3 Then tap on the plan you want to use.
Step 4 Then press Light up This line.
Once your second plan comes into effect, you can label the plans according to your needs. For example, you will be able to label a Business Plan and the other Personal Plan. Continue reading …
How to label your cellular plans
You can select the phone number to use to make or receive calls and messages. In addition, there is also an option to specify a number for cellular data and even assign a number to your contacts.
Step 1. Open Applying settings on your iPhone → Cellular.
2nd step. Now press the number which label you want to change.
Step 3 Then press Cellular plane label and choose a new label or Enter a custom label.
Another notable thing is the ability to set your default number and choose the number to use only for cellular data.
Use Primary as the default line: When selecting this option, the voice, SMS, Data, iMessage, and FaceTime will use Primary by default. The secondary will be used only for voice and SMS.
Use the secondary as the default line: As for functionality, it’s exactly the opposite of the first option. This means that if you choose this one, the voice, SMS, Data, iMessage, and FaceTime will use Secondary by default. The primary will be used for voice and SMS.
Use Secondary only for cellular data: It is explicit and allows you to use the second line only for cellular data.
Apple gives you the freedom to manage the cellular parameters of each of your plans.
Step 1. Open Settings → Tap on Cellular.
2nd step. Now, press the telephone line.
Step 3 Tap each option and Personalize the option if necessary.
How to make your iPhone remember the number to use for calls
For a more simplified experience, the iPhone automatically uses the same number you used last time. However, you have the option to set the number to use for your calls with a contact.
Step 1. Head to the contact and press it.
2nd step. Now press Preferred cellular plan so what select the number you want to use with this contact.
Note: If one of your phone numbers is busy, an incoming call on your other number will be sent to voicemail only if you have it enabled. One thing to note is that you won‘t receive a missed call notification from your secondary number.
How to change your phone number for a call
You can change the phone numbers before making a call.
Step 1. Press the information button in the phone application.
Step 2. Press the current phone number so what select your other number.
Note: When using a keypad, enter the phone number and press it. Then press the number you want to use.
Depending on your needs, you can choose the phone line using iMessage.
How to choose the phone line using iMessage and FaceTime
Step 1. Open Settings → Tap on posts → Tap on iMessage & FaceTime Line.
2nd step. Now choose the phone number you want to use.
How to change your phone number before sending an SMS / MMS
To make sure that you can send SMS using the preferred phone number, iOS allows you to edit it before pressing the send button.
Step 1. launching Message application on your phone.
2nd step. Now, press the New button at the top right of the screen.
Step 3 Then enter your Contact Name then press the current phone number.
Step 4 Finally, choose the number you want to use.
How to change the cell number
At the same time, one number will use the cellular data. However, you can change this option to suit your needs.
Step 1. Open Applying settings on your iPhone → Tap Cellular → Cellular data.
2nd step. Now you have to select the number you want to use cellular data.