eSIM Guide

Unlocking Your iPhone for eSIM Usage

Written by Rebecca
August 29, 2022
5 Mins Read

Unlocking your iPhone for eSIM is a game-changer, especially for those who travel often or wish to switch between network providers without the fuss. This guide will walk you through the unlocking process and highlight the benefits of using eSIM.

What is A “Locked iPhone”?

An iPhone is considered locked when it's exclusively tied to a specific network carrier. This lock restricts the device from using eSIM profiles from other carriers. The iPhone is configured to only accept SIM cards or eSIM profiles from the carrier it is locked to. This lock is typically imposed to ensure that customers fulfill the terms of their contract with the carrier.

To use eSIM on a carrier-locked iPhone with another carrier's eSIM profile, you would need to have the iPhone unlocked by the original carrier. This usually involves meeting certain requirements, such as completing the contract term or paying any remaining fees. 

Once the iPhone is unlocked, it can accept eSIM profiles from various carriers, offering greater flexibility for users to switch between networks without needing physical SIM cards.

Is Unlocking for eSIM Legal?

Yes, as long as you've met the conditions set by your network provider, typically completing your contract duration. Always check with your carrier before proceeding with eSIM unlocking.

Steps to Unlock Your iPhone for eSIM

  1. For safety, back up your data on iCloud.
  2. Contact your network provider, either through their online portal or directly.
  3. Request eSIM unlocking.
  4. Once approved, you can add eSIM profiles from your preferred carriers.

How to Determine if Your iPhone is eSIM-Compatible

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Choose About.
  4. Look for the "Digital SIM" section. If visible, your iPhone is eSIM-compatible.

Or you can check your phone’s compatibility by using our free checker.

Experience Hassle-Free Travel with Textr eSIM

For those with unlocked and eSIM-ready phones, Textr eSIM is the ideal choice for your upcoming journeys. While traditional travel SIM cards have long been the standard for global communication, eSIM revolutionizes the process. With eSIM, there's no juggling of physical cards; simply download the eSIM profile and activate it whenever you're set to go.

Join us today for uninterrupted connectivity across 130+ destinations at wallet-friendly rates. Plus, with our referral program, both you and your friend earn $3 each time you introduce someone new to Textr eSIM.

About the Writer

Written by Rebecca

As a blogger, traveler, and food lover, I'm always on the hunt for new taste sensations. I'm excited to share my tips and tricks to help you have the most memorable travels. Come along and let's savor the journey!

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