How to Activate eSIM on Pixel 7, 7a, and 7 Pro

Whether you’ve just acquired the freshly released Pixel 7a or one of the earlier models from the Pixel 7 series, you can configure a dual SIM setup on your Pixel smartphone. Similar to their predecessors, the phones in the Pixel 7 series come equipped with both a pSIM slot and an eSIM slot.

The days of lugging around two separate devices are behind us, all courtesy of the eSIM feature present in the Pixel 7 series. If you’re eager to learn how to set up an eSIM on your Pixel 7 series device, you’ve landed in the right spot. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process step by step.

What is eSIM on Pixel 7 series?

Google is one of the first smartphone OEMs to adopt eSIM technology on their Pixel devices. For unawares, eSIM is an embedded SIM card that is directly integrated with the smartphone’s PCB and eliminates the need for a physical SIM card (pSIM). This new technology lets users easily switch carriers or plans with ease.

Preparations and Prerequisites:

  • Confirm that your carrier provides eSIM support for your chosen plan.
  • WiFi or Cellular Data Plan is required to download the eSIM.

How to Activate eSIM on Pixel 7 series

There are two different ways to set up an eSIM on Pixel 7 series smartphone, fortunately, both approaches are straightforward. These are different depending on the model you own, if you own an unlocked model, then you can easily set up an eSIM, whether if you own a carrier-locked device, the procedure varies slightly due to the fact that the phone’s IMEI number is already associated with the carrier, so let’s take a look at each method in detail.

Setup eSIM on Unlocked Pixel 7 Series Models

First things first, you need to contact your carrier through their customer care helpline or chat. The carrier’s team will guide you through identity verification procedures before initiating an eSIM request. Upon successful authentication, they will proceed to file an eSIM request on your behalf. Once approved, the carrier service will send you a QR code which you will scan in later steps to activate it on your phone. Once you have a QR code available, you can follow these steps to set up an eSIM on your smartphone:

Note: Before moving ahead, make sure to connect your Pixel 7, 7a, or 7 Pro to a WiFi network, you can do it easily by navigating to Settings > Network & Internet > Internet > choose the WiFi Network.

How to Activate eSIM on Pixel 7
  1. Open the Setting app on your Pixel 7 series device.
  2. Select Network & Internet.
  3. Tap SIMs or plus icon on the right to add a new Network.
  4. Select Download a SIM Instead option and follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Scan the QR code when prompted.
  6. That’s it.

Setup eSIM on Carrier Locked Pixel 7 Series Phones

If you purchased a carrier-locked Pixel 7 series device, it’s important to note that your device is already associated with an existing eSIM profile, you can easily setup an eSIM on your device by following these steps:

  1. Connect your Pixel 7 series device to a WiFi Network, you can go to Settings > Network & Internet > Internet > choose the WiFi network.
  2. When you set up your new Pixel 7 series device, you will be prompted to Download an eSIM.
  3. Simply tap Download an eSIM option on the screen.
  4. Now your phone will automatically search for an eSIM profile linked to your device and download it.
  5. Once downloaded, simply tap the Activate eSIM option.
  6. That’s it.

How to Activate Two eSIM Profiles on Pixel 7 Series

One of the best features of the Pixel 7 series is the support for two eSIM profiles. Early this year, Google released the eSIM MEP (Multiple Enable Profiles) with the March 2023 feature drop. It allows Pixel 7, 7a, and 7 Pro owners to freely switch between different eSIM profiles. Here are the steps you can follow to enable two eSIM profiles.

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Select Network & Internet and tap SIMs.
  3. Tap Download a SIM instead option and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. That’s it.

This is how you can set up and activate an eSIM on your Pixel 7 series phone. If you own an older Pixel smartphone, you can head over to the Google Support page and explore the details. If you are facing any issues, then leave a comment in the comment box.

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