Dual-SIM phones allow you lớn easily manage (and make or receive calls on) two numbers on a single handset. This means you can juggle a work & a personal tương tác without switching devices, have separate data plans for trang chủ and abroad, or just get up lớn a bunch of sneaky business.
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In this article we explain how to địa chỉ a second SIM khổng lồ any iPhone from 2011 or later, và run it as a dual-SIM handset. We cover eSIMs, a simple method that works on the latest generation of phones, và Bluetooth accessories which vày the job if you’re running something older.
For related advice, read How lớn unlock an iPhone, which lets you use any SIM with your device.
Update: táo bị cắn has stated in a document shared with phone networks that if the iPhone 12 is used with dual SIMs 5G will not work. More here: If you use dual SIM cards in iPhone 12 you won’t get 5G.
Which method should I use to run dual SIMs?
Apple has never offered a phone with two physical SIM slots (in the UK and US, at least), but the latest iPhones offer a smart workaround: the XR, XS & XS Max have both an externally accessible nano SIM tray & an internal eSIM that lets you mix up additional carrier plans.
If you’ve got an XR, XS or XS Max, therefore, an eSIM is the method for you.
(Note that in China, the new iPhones do get twin SIM trays, so you can run dual SIMs without any fuss whatsoever. The method used in this tutorial applies to other parts of the world, including the UK & US.)
What of earlier iPhones? Not a problem. If you’ve got an iPhone X, 8, 7 or earlier (indeed any iPhone 4s or later will work) you can use a bluetooth không dây card adapter khổng lồ run a second SIM. We explain this method later in the article.
What’s an eSIM?
Let’s start with eSIMs. The e stands for embedded. Your eSIM is soldered to lớn the phone’s motherboard và cannot be removed.
But the clever thing about an eSIM is that you don’t need lớn remove it. It works with multiple carriers, so you can change plan without changing the SIM.
For more information on this topic, see What is an eSIM?
Setting up your eSIM
Your handset needs khổng lồ be an iPhone XR, XS or XS Max, và Apple says it will need to lớn be running ios 12.1 or later. (Here’s how to update iOS.) Assuming the two plans you’ll be subscribing to are from different carriers, the phone will also need lớn be unlocked.
Not all carriers support eSIMs; in the UK only EE does, while US customers can choose from AT&T, T-Mobile và Verizon. Táo bị cắn provides a danh sách of compatible carriers in each country.
We’ll assume at this point that you’ve phối up the nano SIM in the usual way, & have a phone number và data plan. We now want lớn set up the eSIM with the second plan.
Contact the carrier you’ve chosen for the eSIM plan (we recommend shopping around if there’s more than one option in your territory) and explain what you want to do.
Once you’ve agreed terms, payments & so on, you will need to lớn set up the plan using details provided by the carrier: it’s possible khổng lồ enter these manually but the company will probably make it easier by sending you a QR code, or let you phối up via its app. Any of these methods will be quicker than waiting for a physical SIM to be delivered.
Your carrier may send you a QR code for setting up the plan. If so, xuất hiện the Settings ứng dụng on your phone và go to thiết bị di động Data, then tap địa chỉ cửa hàng Data Plan (in the UK), or Cellular, then tap địa chỉ cửa hàng Cellular Plan (in the US).
You should then scan the QR code with the phone’s camera & (if requested) enter the confirmation code provided by your carrier.
Alternatively, you can set up an eSIM using your carrier’s game ios app. Visit the tiện ích Store and tìm kiếm for and download the app, then xuất hiện it. The phầm mềm will walk you through the thiết lập process.
Managing your plans
We’re nearly there, but it’s necessary khổng lồ follow a few more steps lớn ensure the two plans work effectively together.
You will next be asked khổng lồ label the plans to avoid confusion (‘work’ & ‘home’ are obvious choices, for example). You can change these labels in future by going khổng lồ Settings > Cellular (or di động Data), tapping one of your numbers & selecting Cellular Plan Label or Data Plan Label.
Finally, you need to decide which of your two numbers should be the default for iMessage and FaceTime, & whether you want khổng lồ use your secondary number for data only.
And that’s it! You’re now mix up with two carrier plans on a single iPhone handset.
How lớn switch between phone numbers
The iPhone will make calls from the default number if it’s not told otherwise. But it’s easy to temporarily switch to the non-default number when making a call.
If you’re using the numberpad, you just need khổng lồ tap the number shown at the top of the screen và then select the one you’d prefer to lớn use. If calling from Favourites, you need khổng lồ tap the i next to lớn the name, and then tap your current number.
If calling from Contacts, tap Preferred Data Plan/Preferred Cellular Plan & select the number you want lớn use. Handily, your iPhone will remember your preference and use the same number next time you điện thoại tư vấn that contact.
Setting up a third plan
It’s possible lớn set up a third plan, if you wish, by following the same steps above. Note, however, that you can have only one eSIM plan active at a time – you’ll have to lớn switch between them in Settings.
How to remove an eSIM plan
Note that you can wipe a plan from your eSIM by going lớn Settings > sản phẩm điện thoại Data (or Cellular), tapping the plan và then selecting Remove Data Plan (or Remove Cellular Plan).
Use a công nghệ bluetooth SIM adapter
Using dual-SIM with a pre-XS iPhone requires you to lớn buy some additional hardware. Search Amazon UK or Amazon US for “dual sim iPhone adapter” và you’ll see some of the options. In most cases you will insert a second SIM into a thẻ adapter which connects lớn your iPhone via Bluetooth.
In the following tutorial, we’re going to lớn use the NeeCoo Magic Card, which can be bought from GearBest for $51.95 (about £41), with $1.60 shipping lớn the UK.
Check your phone is compatible
Your iOS công nghệ bluetooth không dây needs lớn be 4.0 or up. Therefore the NeeCoo Magic card only works with iPhone 4s or later. Your game ios version needs to lớn be 7.0 or up. Lưu ý also that the NeeCoo Magic thẻ only takes Micro SIM cards – kiểm tra Amazon for options which work with nano SIMs.
How the NeeCoo Magic card works
The device measures 85 x 54 x 4mm, easily slipping into your pocket or wallet when you’re abroad.
It has network bands GSM850MHz, EGSM900MHZ, DCS1800MHz & PCS1900MHZ. This means you can call, text, take photos and have access khổng lồ your iPhone liên hệ list, but bear in mind you can’t use data.
The NeeCoo Magic card has a rechargeable battery, so make sure it’s fully charged before using it for the first time. It comes with a USB charger.
The 380mAh battery lasts for three hours talktime, or 80 hours standby.
Download More Card, insert SIM
To use a second SIM on your iPhone with the NeeCoo Magic Card, you need to lớn first tải về MoreCard from the tiện ích Store for free.
Tap Allow lớn let the app access your notifications, contacts, microphone and Bluetooth connection.
Make sure your iPhone’s bluetooth is on. Before turning on the NeeCoo Magic thẻ device, insert a Micro SIM card into the card slot you can see in the picture below.
Long-press the button next to the Micro SIM card slot khổng lồ turn the device on. You should see green and red LED lights on the side of the device flash. This means it’s ready to pair.
Pairing iPhone và NeeCoo Magic Card
Open up the MoreCard app on your iPhone. Go khổng lồ Settings, then tap Device.
It will automatically search for the Binding Device. The name Neecoo_Me2_34CO should appear.
Tap the device name, and then you will be asked for a password. Type the default password 0000.
This should take you to lớn the MoreCard Settings.
If the SIM card is successfully registered lớn the network, a green LED light on the device will flash slowly, & the carrier’s name will be displayed on the đứng đầu of your screen.
You can now use the second SIM lớn call, message & take photos, with access to lớn your iPhone contacts.
You can choose to unbind the device at any time.
What to bởi if the connection doesn’t work
If the NeeCoo Magic card doesn’t tự động connect to your iPhone, close the MoreCard app và reopen it again. And make sure your iPhone’s công nghệ bluetooth không dây is turned on.
If the SIM card failed to lớn register khổng lồ a network the green LED light will flash rapidly on the device and the carrier’s name won’t appear on your iPhone screen.
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Unplug và re-insert the Micro SIM thẻ into the device and turn the device off and on lớn retry.