How to get a Vodafone eSIM and activate it

24 April 2023

How to get a Vodafone eSIM and activate it

Contents list

  1. How do I get a Vodafone eSIM?
  2. Which devices support eSIMs on Vodafone?
  3. How do I set up an eSIM on my phone?
  4. Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Removable SIM cards are ancient by technology standards, and the next step is now here in the form of the eSIM, which is short for embedded SIM. These are built into phones and can be rewritten to support different networks, so you can change network without the hassle of changing your SIM card.

Not all networks support eSIMs yet, but a lot do, and Vodafone is among them. Not all phones include an eSIM either, but again a lot do, and the number of both phones and networks that support them is only going to grow.

Getting set up with an eSIM is simple too, so if you’re a Vodafone customer – or planning to join the network – and you want an eSIM, you’ll find a full guide to getting one below.

How do I get a Vodafone eSIM?

Vodafone offers eSIMs to Pay Monthly customers buying a phone, and on SIM Only, or with a business plan. However, eSIMs aren’t currently available on Pay As You Go.

It is however easier to get an eSIM on Vodafone than on most networks, because new customers can request an eSIM during checkout, rather than having to start with a physical SIM card and then swap.

The full process for getting a Vodafone eSIM is as follows:

Step 1.

Sign up for a Vodafone SIM Only plan or a Pay Monthly plan with a compatible device and select an eSIM during checkout. Or, if you’re already a Vodafone customer, head to the SIM Swap page on My Vodafone and request an eSIM.

SIM Only Deals

Triple SIM

Micro SIM card
150GB Data
Unlimited Mins
Unlimited Texts
£12.50 a month
24 month contract
£12.50 a month

Triple SIM

Micro SIM card
50GB Data
Unlimited Mins
Unlimited Texts
£21.00 a month
24 month contract
£21.00 a month

Triple SIM

Micro SIM card
20GB Data
Unlimited Mins
Unlimited Texts
£24.00 a month
12 month contract
£24.00 a month

Step 2.

Scan the eSIM QR code you receive. Full instructions for how to do this should be provided too, but if in doubt, head to Vodafone’s eSIM activation guide for instructions for your specific device.

Step 3.

Wait for your eSIM to activate if it doesn’t do so immediately.

Which devices support eSIMs on Vodafone?

Currently, most high-profile Samsung phones and all recent iPhones support eSIM. This includes the iPhone 14iPhone 14 PlusiPhone 14 ProiPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2022)Samsung Galaxy S23, Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, and others, as well as select phones from other brands, such as the Google Pixel 7, Google Pixel 7 Pro, Sony Xperia 1 IV, and Sony Xperia 10 IV.

You can also use an eSIM with select smartwatches and tablets, including numerous iPad models.

For further details on which devices work with eSIM, head to our main eSIM guide.

How do I set up an eSIM on my phone?

Once you’ve requested an eSIM – either during checkout or when switching from a removable SIM card – Vodafone will send you a QR code which you need to scan with your phone to set up the eSIM.

The exact process for this depends on your handset, but you’ll want to head to your phone’s settings screen and look for ‘Add eSIM,’ ‘Scan QR code,’ or something along those lines.

Handily, Vodafone has in-depth instructions on the process for most phones, so if you’re unsure just check those out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Vodafone plans support eSIM?

Vodafone offers eSIMs on its Pay Monthly plans, meaning SIM Only, phones on contract, and other compatible device contracts (such as select tablets and wearables). The main thing you can’t get an eSIM with is a Pay As You Go plan.

Will activating a Vodafone eSIM lock my phone to Vodafone?

No, activating a Vodafone eSIM won’t lock your phone to Vodafone, and Vodafone only sells unlocked phones these days.

How do I transfer an eSIM to a new phone?

To transfer a Vodafone eSIM from one phone to another, first make sure your new device is connected to Wi-Fi and supports eSIM. Then, delete your eSIM profile from your old device. Vodafone will resend an eSIM QR code to your email address once this is done, and you can just scan that with your new phone.

Can I switch from a physical SIM to an eSIM or vice versa?

Yes, as long as you have a Pay Monthly plan. You can request this switch from the SIM Swap page on your My Vodafone account online. Vodafone will then send you the SIM card type you request. If you’re moving to eSIM you’ll get a QR code which you’ll need to scan with your phone.

Do I need to buy my phone from Vodafone to use a Vodafone eSIM with it?

No, as long as the phone supports eSIM it should work with Vodafone’s eSIMs. So to get a Vodafone eSIM with a phone you’ve bought elsewhere, just sign up for a SIM Only plan and select the eSIM option.

Can eSIMs be used abroad?

Yes, you can use an eSIM abroad just like a regular SIM card, and they’ll be subject to the same roaming terms (which vary from network to network).

Can I access 5G with an eSIM?

Yes, eSIMs have all the same functionality as regular SIM cards, so if you have a 5G device, a 5G plan, and are in an area with 5G coverage, you’ll get a 5G signal with an eSIM.

Which other networks offer eSIMs?

Vodafone isn’t alone in offering eSIMs. You can also get them with EE, O2Three, Lyca Mobile, and Virgin Mobile.

What happens if I erase my eSIM?

If you erase your eSIM then Vodafone will automatically email you a new eSIM QR code. Just scan that with your phone in the same way as you did when first setting your eSIM up to get it working again.

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