How to activate eSIM on Airtel?

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There is a massive boost in the adoption of eSIM technology as various models of Apple, Samsung, other renowned brands support eSIM.

These SIMs are built into the phones themselves providing the user greater flexibility and more security. The most important thing is that there is no requirement for a SIM card slot to use an eSIM.

Renowned telecom service providers like Airtel, Jio, and Vodafone-Idea offer you the facility of eSIM.

Below are the steps that you can follow to activate your Airtel eSIM :

Step 1: Change the physical SIM to eSIM or existing eSIM to eSIM

Follow the steps below to convert your physical SIM to eSIM or existing eSIM to eSIM:

1. To start with the process, SMS eSIM<>registered email ID to 121.

2. You will receive an SMS on your mobile number for confirming the initiation of the process. To confirm, revert with ‘1’.

3. Post confirming, you will receive an SMS from 121 to provide consent over a call for SIM change.

4. After providing the consent, you will receive an SMS from 121 regarding the QR Code that will be sent to your registered email ID.

Step 2: Scan the QR Code received on your registered email ID. Your eSIM will be activated within 2 hours.

Moreover, your existing SIM will continue to work till your eSIM gets activated.

Step 3: Specific for Device Models

1. For iPhone

  1. Go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Mobile Data’
  2. Click on ‘Add Data Plan’.
  3. Now scan the QR code and finally label the eSim.

2. For Samsung Users :

  1. After Scanning process, simply
  2. Tap on Add in the Add new mobile plan option.

3. For Pixel users:

  1. Head to Settings and select Network & Internet
  2. Select Mobile Network and tap on Advanced
  3. Tap on Carrier and then Add Carrier
  4. Scan QR code received on mail
  5. After scanning, tap on Download and then Done

4. For Motorola Razr users:

  1. Head to Settings and select Network & Internet
  2. Tap Mobile Network and then Carrier, followed by Add Carrier
  3. Scan the QR code received on mail and when completed, tap on Download
  4. Select Done and your eSIM will be activated

5. For Motorola Razr 5G users:

  1. Head to Settings and select Network & Internet
  2. Tap on + sign besides Mobile Network
  3. Hit Next (Download your Sim) and scan the QR code received on your email
  4. After successful scanning, tap on Activate

Some Frequently Asked Question :

1. How long does it take to activate Airtel eSIM?

Your Airtel eSIM gets activated in approximately 2 hours after you scan the QR Code immediately upon receipt. Moreover, your physical SIM continues to work till the eSIM during this period.

2. What is the benefit of eSIM?

With an eSIM, you can change the operator remotely from your phone without even buying a new SIM card. Also, it lets you store multiple profiles on a single device and switch between them conveniently.

3. How do I know if my iPhone supports eSIM?

Follow the steps given below:

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone
  • Tap on the option ‘General’ and then tap on ‘About’
  • If your iPhone supports eSIM, you will find a ‘Digital SIM’ section while you scroll down where you can also see your IMEI number

So, above was detailed process to active eSIM Service on Airtel.


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