How to activate and set up eSIM on an Apple Watch

The embedded memory is one of the technologies that Apple is actively promoting. The main feature of this new communication format is that no physical medium is needed to connect to the provider's network, so you don't need to insert a SIM card into a special slot. This solution opens up new opportunities for manufacturers of mobile equipment, which can move away from the usual solutions and expand the functionality of their equipment. For example, users of the latest Apple Watch series can now connect their own mobile package to their watches, and this does not require an increased size of the case for a SIM card slot. If you already have an Apple Watch with eSIM, this short guide on how to properly activate the plan and configure it for comfortable use will come in handy.

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  3. Is it possible to insert a SIM card into an Apple Watch?

How to activate eSIM on an Apple Watch

The embedded module can be activated remotely since this component can be automatically encoded and adapted to the parameters of the provider's network. The subscriber only receives a QR code from the operator, which will become the main activation key.

For activating the eSIM package in an Apple Watch, you need to go to the main menu. First of all, you need to create an account, which you can do using the telecom provider that is already active on your smartphone. This procedure is performed in a few clicks using the Apple Watch app. Launch the application, then select the "My Watch" tab and then "Cellular connection". Among the available actions, you will see a "Set up cellular communications" option. Click on it to start creating the main profile.

The next step is to create a second account that will be linked to the eSIM module. To do this, you will need to manage your watch from your smartphone via an app. In this step, find the "Add a new plan" option. Tap on it to launch the camera, scan the code and activate the previously purchased eSIM plan. If the camera doesn't work, enter all subscription data required manually.

Which Apple Watch models support eSIM

The latest Apple Watch series now integrates eSIM. The very technology of the embedded communication module appeared recently, so only some models of this brand have such an addition. At the moment, the eSIM module is installed in watches from the third to the fifth series, but judging by the popularity of this technology, it will start appearing in all new models.

Is it possible to insert a SIM card into an Apple Watch?

Although modern SIM cards have become much smaller, to add a slot it would be necessary to enlarge the watch case. However, the manufacturer's designers do not want to alter the achieved balance and abandon the current elegant form: a thin watch with high-tech features.

Many users are interested in whether there is a SIM card inside Apple Watches, but it all depends on the series. For example, the Apple Watch 3 can be configured so that the device supports cellular communication, but you do not need to insert a SIM card into it. The device communicates with a smartphone and uses the plan connected to this.

In subsequent series, an embedded communication module appeared, which makes it possible to bind the plan only to the watch (no phone) or set up several plans for more comfortable use. At the same time, the technology of the embedded module does not require a SIM card, so the shape of the watch remains invariably stylish and elegant.

Simple activation in an Apple Watch and the ability to switch between plans are the main advantages of eSIM technology, thanks to which users now have more options, while manufacturers of mobile equipment have managed to maintain stylistic and state-of-the-art configuration and dimensions.


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