How to use DUAL SIM on iPhone
Apple Support has released a new video that explains how to use the iPhone’s Dual SIM capability to have two lines on one device.
You may, for example, have one line for business calls and another for personal calls.
You’ll need to transfer an existing line or acquire a secondary line from your cellular provider before you can do anything else.
How can you use Dual SIM?
- Use a different phone number for business and a different phone number for personal calls.
- When traveling outside of the nation or area, purchase a local data plan.
- Keep your voice and data plans separate.
- Both of your phone numbers can make and receive audio and FaceTime calls, as well as send and receive messages via iMessage, SMS, and MMS, with iOS 13 and later.
- One cellular data network can be used by your iPhone at a time.
What you’ll require.
- An iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or later with iOS 12.1 or later
- A wireless carrier that supports eSIM
“Your iPhone must be unlocked in order to utilize two separate carriers. Both plans must be from the same carrier else. If your first SIM is provided by a CDMA provider, your second SIM will not support CDMA.
For further information, contact your carrier.
If you have a business or corporate cellular service plan, ask your company administrator if this option is available.“
Make sure you have iOS 14.5 or later on your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max if you wish to use 5G with Dual SIM.
You may use one eSIM (embedded SIM) and one physical SIM starting with the iPhone XS in 2018, and you can use one eSIM and one physical SIM or two eSIMs on the iPhone 13 series.
Set up your cellular plan with eSIM
You may utilize two eSIMs for two or more cellular plans two actives at the same time or a physical nano-SIM for one cellular plan and an eSIM for one or more additional cellular plans on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 small.
You can utilize a physical nano-SIM for one cellular plan and an eSIM for one or more other cellular plans on iPhone 12 models, iPhone 11 models, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
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If your carrier offers it and you don’t have a nano-SIM, an eSIM might be your sole cellular plan.
Your iPhone stores the eSIM given by your carrier in a digital format.
Label your plan
Label your plans when you’ve triggered the second one. You may, for example, title one plan Business and the other Personal.
These labels will be used to determine which phone number to use for making and receiving calls and messages, to designate a number for cellular data, and to assign a number to your contacts so you know which number to use.
If you change your mind later, go to Settings, touch Cellular or Mobile Data, and then press the number whose label you’d like to alter. Then tap Cellular Plan Label and choose a new label or type in your own.
Follow these steps
Because the eSIM is built into the iPhone’s motherboard, Apple can conserve room for other functions.
You should receive either a QR code or a message from your cellular carrier after you’ve activated the extra line you requested.
At the bottom of your display, tap on “Install Cellular Plan.” So far, so good.
Then, you will be asked to name your two lines. Tap primary to label the original line you used with the device.
Apple has some pre-set names including Business, Cellular Data, Personal, Primary, Secondary, or Travel.
If you don’t like any of those names, you can create a custom label. After you make your selection, tap on Done in the upper left corner.
Now it is time to tap on secondary and label your second line which is done by following the same steps you used to name the primary line.
When you are finished, tap on Done in the upper left corner, and then tap on continue.
The next step is to select your Default Line.
This is the line that your iPhone will choose by default to make calls and send SMS messages.
When you’re done with that small task, hit continue and you’ll be ready to choose which line you want to use with FaceTime and iMessage.
You can choose one line or both lines. When done, tap continue to choose the line you want to use for cellular data.
Only one line of cellular data can be used at a time.
The other line will be utilized for phone calls, regardless of which one you use for cellular data.
You’ll need to enable “Allow Cellular Data Switching” if you wish to utilize the internet while on a voice-only call.
After you’ve tapped Done, you’ll be able to go on to learning how to utilize Dual SIM.
The signal bars in the upper right corner of your iPhone will display the strength of both lines’ signals.
The signal for your first line is represented by the top half of each bar, while the signal strength for your second line is shown by the bottom half.
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The iPhone XS and subsequent devices have dual SIM capability.
When calling or texting a contact to whom you have not yet assigned a line, the call will be made on the same line that you used the last time you contacted or texted them.
Select a preferred line for each contact by pressing the choice next to the word default beneath that contact’s name, then selecting the preferred line you wish to use with that contact all of the time, and hitting Done.
But what if you’re making a phone call to someone you’ve never spoken to before on your iPhone? That’s an excellent question, and in that case, the iPhone will make the call on your default line.
You may change the line you’re using by touching the gray bar at the top of your screen with your default line and selecting the line you wish to use.
That’s everything there is to it. This isn’t the time or place to get into DualSIM Dual Standby (DSDS) or DualSIM Active in more depth.
Just keep in mind that iPhone models beginning with the iPhone XS support dual SIM. To be clear, the iPhone 13 series devices are the only ones that allow you to utilize one physical SIM and one eSIM, or two eSIMs.
Aside from the video, Apple Support provides a website where you can read more about how to use two lines on your iPhone.
Read more on Apple site