How to Activate eSIM on iPhone 14 (Plus) /14 Pro (Max)

Don’t need a physical SIM any longer, you can use eSIM on your iPhone now. Just follow this guide to know how to activate iPhone 14 eSIM in two ways.

Demi by Demi Updated January 12, 2024
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Apple comes with eSIM (Embedded-SIM) card since iPhone X, which allows you to activate a cellular plan from your carrier without a physical SIM card. Besides, you can install at most eight eSIMs on an iPhone 14 and use two phone numbers at the same time. As for all the iPhone 14 versions sold in the US, Apple has ditched the physical SIM card slot.

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So here comes the question - how can you activate eSIM on iPhone 14 (Plus)/ 14 Pro (Max)? You can complete the activation task in two ways. Keep reading this guide to get detailed instructions for how to activate iPhone 14 eSIM. And the following methods are also compatible with other models of iPhone like the latest iPhone 15 that support eSIM.

Way 1. How to activate iPhone 14 eSIM via eSIM Quick Transfer

Carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, C Spire, or U.S. Cellular allows users to activate eSIM on your iPhone 14 directly during and after setup. You can follow the steps below to know how to activate eSIM on iPhone 14 for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.?

Activate eSIM on iPhone 14 during setup

You can activate eSIM on your new iPhone 14 with the aid of the physical SIM card on your old iPhone. Place your old iPhone and iPhone 14 close to each other and connect them to a stable Wi-Fi network.

Step 1. Set up new iPhone until you are greeted with the Set Up eSIM screen > Tap Transfer from another iPhone.

Step 2. Select the line you want to transfer to iPhone 14 > When prompted, tap Transfer SIM on your iPhone 14.

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Step 3. On your current iPhone, enter the code shown on iPhone 14 > Double-click the side button on your old iPhone to confirm.

Step 4. Finally, wait for the activation to finish > Tap Continue on your iPhone 14 and complete the setup process.

When it is done, your old physical SIM card on your current iPhone will no longer work, and your eSIM on iPhone 14 will be ready to use.

Activate eSIM on iPhone after setup

If you have set up iPhone 14 or need to activate more than one eSIM, the steps below can help you activate iPhone 14 eSIM from the Settings app.

Step 1. On your iPhone 14, go to the Settings app > Locate and choose Cellular > Tap Set Up Cellular. If you are setting up additional lines, you may see Add eSIM.

Step 2. Follow the instructions to activate your eSIM.

Way 2. How to activate eSIM on iPhone 14 via carrier activation

Depending on whether your carrier assign you an eSIM, you can activate eSIM on your new iPhone 14 automatically or by scanning the QR code your carrier provides.

How to activate iPhone 14 eSIM automatically
If your iPhone is purchased from your carrier rather than Apple or another store, your iPhone 14 may pre-install a new e-SIM. In this case, automatically activate eSIM with the steps below.

Step 1. Set up your new iPhone 14, when prompted, connect iPhone 14 to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Wait for the iPhone 14 activation process to complete > When you see Cellular Setup Complete window, tap Continue to finish the setup process and eSIM has been added on your iPhone.

eSIM carrier activation

How to activate iPhone 14 eSIM by scanning QR code
It is also workable to connect your carrier and ask for a QR code to activate your eSIM on iPhone 14. Here are detailed instructions.

Step 1. Setup and get to Set up cellular screen on your new iPhone 14 > Select Use QR code.

Step 2. Follow the instructions to point your iPhone camera at the QR code, and wait for the iPhone 14 eSIM activation process to complete.

Step 3. Select Continue to finish setup process when you see Cellular Setup Complete.

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Quick Note: How to check if eSIM is activated?
To check whether you have successfully activated eSIM, you can go to Settings > General > About > Scroll down to Carrier lock, which should say NO SIM restrictions.

Bonus: Transfer contacts to new iPhone 14 after activating eSIM

If you find not all data transferred to new iPhone 14 after activating eSIM on iPhone 14 or lost some contacts, don’t worry, you can try FoneTool to help you transfer selective contacts to new iPhone from your old iPhone.

Besides contacts, it also can help you transfer photos, music, etc. from old iPhone to new iPhone. Free download FoneTool to your computer, and follow the steps below to make it.

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Step 1. Connect your old iPhone to computer > Launch FoneTool, locate Phone Transfer > Mouse over to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

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Step 2. Uncheck other icons and check Contacts > Select the contacts you want to transfer > Click OK to confirm > Finally, click Start Transfer to make it.

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Step 3. Unplug old iPhone and plug in new iPhone 14 to computer > In FoneTool, choose PC to iPhone instead.

Step 4. Drag and drop the contacts you just transferred to PC to the box, or tap Add to add contacts > Finally, click Start Transfer to get contacts added to your new iPhone 14.

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Hope you will know how to activate iPhone 14 eSIM after reading this guide. If your carrier supports eSIM, you can easily activate it via carrier activation. Optionally, the eSIM Quick Transfer is also a nice helper for you to activate eSIM on iPhone.

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