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How to Transfer eSIM to New iPhone - 3 Ways

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

Are you getting a new iPhone 15 but not sure how to transfer eSIM to a new iPhone from your old iPhone?

Most of us move from an old iPhone to a new iPhone every year or a few years, so switching from a physical SIM card to an eSIM wouldn't be a big deal. But apparently, it is! So here we have listed all workable solutions to understand how to transfer eSIM from iPhone to iPhone.

iphone to iphone esim transfer

Part 1: Requirements for Transferring eSIM to New iPhone

Here's what you need to do if you want to transfer your eSIM card to a new iPhone:

  • An iPhone 13, iPhone 14, iPhone 15 or later
  • A wireless carrier that supports eSIM
  • The new iPhone must be connected to a Wi-Fi network for activation. However, the new iPhone 15 can be activated without Wi-Fi if your carrier uses an eSIM.

Note: eSIM on the iPhone is not offered in mainland China. In Hong Kong and Macao, some iPhone models feature eSIM.

Part 2: How to Transfer eSIM to New iPhone during Setup

When you set up your new iPhone, you might see a message asking you to transfer your cellular service plan. (Currently, only some carriers support this feature.) To transfer eSIM from one phone to another during setup, follow these steps:

Step 1: Transfer your old iPhone's eSIM to your new iPhone by tapping the number you wish to transfer.

Step 2: Tap Continue.

iphone cellular plan transfer during setup

Step 3: To transfer your service, follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 4: Before removing your cellular plan from your previous iPhone, make a call on your new phone to check its cellular connectivity.

Step 5: When you activate your eSIM cellular plan on your new iPhone, iOS automatically disables it on your old iPhone.

Part 3: How to Change eSIM from One iPhone to Another after Setup

Let's say you forgot to transfer your eSIM during the setup. But it's not the end of the line yet. You can still transfer your eSIM from your old iPhone to a new one by following these steps.

Step 1: On your new iPhone, open Settings > Cellular > Add Cellular Plan.

Step 2: If your eSIM plan is listed, tap the Add Cellular Plan button at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Check your old iPhone for a message asking if you want to transfer your eSIM phone number to your new one.

Step 4: Tap Transfer to approve.

iphone cellular plan transfer after setup

Part 4: How to Transfer Cellular Plan to New iPhone on iOS 17

With iOS 17, Apple introduced a new feature that allows an eSIM to be transferred between iPhones via Bluetooth while setting up cellular service. You can follow the below steps to achieve this.

Step 1: In the Settings app of iPhone running iOS 17, tap on "Set up eSIM" to bring up an option to transfer an eSIM and its associated phone number from another iPhone via Bluetooth.

Step 2: To transfer an eSIM from another iPhone, make sure the other iPhone is nearby, unlocked, has Bluetooth turned on and is running iOS 17 or later.

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Part 5: Transfer Data to New iPhone Quickly

Besides transferring service to your new iPhone, you must also transfer data on your old iPhone, as it is important. You don't want to lose all photos, contacts, messages, and videos.

There are a few ways to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new one. One way is to use iCloud or iTunes. These free services will allow you to sync all of the data on both iPhones. However, we highly suggest using MobileTrans to transfer your data to your new iPhone. It is a great way to transfer your data from one iPhone to another easily. It's easy to use and doesn't require you to back up your previous iPhone before transferring the data.

MobileTrans - Phone Transfer

  • • MobileTrans is an all-in-one solution for transferring data from one phone to another.
  • • It features an intuitive interface that makes selecting the desired data easy and then transferring them to your new phone.
  • • MobileTrans supports 6000+ mobile devices running on Android and iOS systems.
  • • There is no need to factory reset devices or erase existing data.

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Follow these steps to transfer your data from one iPhone to another using MobileTrans.

Step 1.Launch MobileTrans on the computer.

Install MobileTrans on your computer. After that click on "Phone Transfer" option. This will launch the Phone Transfer menu.

mobiletrans phone to phone transfer screen

Step 2. Connect both phones to your computer

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Step 3. Select files types and Start Transfer

Select the file types you want to transfer and click on the "Start" button. It will start to transfer.

mobiletrans phone transfer data completed

Bonus: Use Dual SIM on iPhone

All iPhone models that support eSIM can have multiple eSIMs and use Dual SIM with two active SIMs simultaneously. You can use Dual SIM by using a physical SIM and an eSIM. iPhone 15 models and later also support two active eSIMs. iPhone models without a physical SIM tray support two active eSIMs.

iphone dual sim screen

Benefits of using dual sim.

Dual SIM functionality on an iPhone offers many advantages over a single-SIM device.

  • Use one number for professional and another number for private calls.
  • Add a local data plan when traveling outside the country or region.
  • Have separate voice and data plans.
  • Both SIMs can make and receive voice and FaceTime calls and send and receive messages. But it can use one cellular data network at a time

use one cellular data network


With the new iPhone 15 supporting eSIMs only, it becomes important to know how to transfer eSIM. Apple made it easier by letting you transfer eSIMs over Bluetooth, saving you the trouble of getting a new eSIM when switching phones.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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