A Deep Dive into Google Pixel eSIM Compatibility

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Google Pixel devices, known for their seamless integration with Google’s ecosystem and pioneering hardware-software synergy, have garnered a loyal following since their debut. These smartphones and wearables are celebrated for their innovative features, exceptional camera quality, and timely software updates directly from Google.

The eSIM option on Google Pixel devices allows users to activate eSIM directly from their mobile network provider without needing a normal SIM card. Instead of physically inserting a SIM card, users can scan a QR code provided by their carrier to activate eSIM through the network settings. This streamlined process eliminates the need for a new SIM when switching carriers, making it easier to connect to different mobile networks.

Google Pixel Models with eSIM Support

A lineup of various Google Pixel smartphones, showcasing their sleek designs, and Pixel 3 eSIM compatibility FAQs

eSIM card, or embedded SIM, represents a significant advancement in mobile technology. Google has been at the forefront of this technology, integrating eSIM support across a wide range of Pixel devices, including:

  • Google Pixel 2

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

  • Google Pixel 3

  • Google Pixel 3 XL

  • Google Pixel 3a

  • Google Pixel 3a XL

  • Google Pixel 4

  • Google Pixel 4 XL

  • Google Pixel 4a

  • Google Pixel 4a 5G

  • Google Pixel 5

  • Google Pixel 5a 5G

  • Google Pixel 6

  • Google Pixel 6 Pro

  • Google Pixel 6a

  • Pixel Watch

  • Google Pixel 7

  • Google Pixel 7 Pro

  • Google Pixel 7a

  • Google Pixel Fold

  • Pixel Watch 2

  • Google Pixel 8

  • Google Pixel 8 Pro

  • Google Pixel 8a

eSIM and Dual SIM Functionality in Google Pixel Phones

A Google Pixel phone with a split-screen view showing active connections for both eSIM plans and physical SIM cards (i.e. dual SIM feature)

All Google Pixel smartphones mentioned above support both Nano-SIM and eSIM, providing users with the option to utilize dual SIM functionality. This feature allows the use of two active SIM plans simultaneously, a significant benefit for those who need to manage multiple phone numbers, such as a personal and a work number, or for travelers who want to use both local and international plans without carrying multiple devices.

With Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) capability, Google Pixel phones can keep both SIMs active, enabling users to receive calls and messages on either number without having to switch between SIMs manually. This ensures seamless connectivity and convenience, making it easier to stay connected across different networks and manage communication effectively.

Moreover, the integration of eSIM in Google Pixel devices enhances user flexibility, eliminating the need for a physical SIM swap when changing carriers or plans. Users can quickly switch between different network providers or plans directly from their phone settings, streamlining the process and reducing downtime. This feature is particularly useful for those who frequently switch carriers or travel internationally, offering unparalleled convenience and connectivity.

Differences in eSIM Features Across Google Pixel Models

A Google Pixel device next to its packaging, emphasizing the eSIM feature  support mentioned on the box

While the core functionality of eSIM is consistent across the Pixel lineup, there are variations in how it is implemented and supported:

  1. Carrier Restrictions: Carrier restrictions affect eSIM compatibility across different models. For instance, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, being early adopters of eSIM, only support this feature if purchased with Google Fi. For the Pixel 3 series, phones bought with US or Canadian carriers other than Sprint and Google Fi do not support eSIM. Similarly, the Pixel 3a series excludes eSIM compatibility for devices bought with Verizon

  2. Model-Specific Support: Newer Pixel models, such as the Pixel 6, Pixel 7, and Pixel 8 series, offer more robust and widespread eSIM support compared to older models. These advancements include better integration with more carriers globally and improved software features for managing dual SIM functionality.

  3. Regional restrictions: eSIM implementation on Google Pixel phones also comes with certain regional restrictions. For instance, Google Pixel 3 models from Australia, Japan, and Taiwan do not support eSIM. Additionally, Google Pixel 3a devices from South-East Asia are not compatible with eSIM. It is important to consider these regional limitations when evaluating eSIM functionality in Pixel devices.

  4. Wearables: The Pixel Watch and Pixel Watch 2 support eSIM exclusively, showcasing Google’s commitment to integrating this technology across different device categories, enhancing the versatility and connectivity of their wearable devices.These devices exclusively support eSIM, reflecting their role as standalone smart devices.


Google Pixel devices, from smartphones to wearables, have embraced eSIM technology, offering users greater flexibility and convenience. While there are some regional and model-specific restrictions, the overall trend is a move towards more integrated and seamless connectivity solutions. As eSIM technology continues to evolve, it is likely that future Pixel devices will further expand their capabilities, ensuring that users can stay connected more efficiently and flexibly than ever before.


What is eSIM and how does it differ from a traditional SIM card?

eSIM is a digital SIM built into the device, allowing users to activate a cellular plan without a physical SIM card, making it easier to switch carriers or plans.

Which Google Pixel models support eSIM?

Google Pixel models with eSIM support include:

  • Pixel 2, 2 XL

  • Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a, 3a XL

  • Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 4a 5G

  • Pixel 5, 5a 5G

  • Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 6a

  • Pixel 7, 7 Pro, 7a

  • Pixel 8, 8 Pro, 8a

  • Pixel Fold,

  • Pixel Watch, Pixel Watch 2

How does Dual SIM functionality work on Google Pixel phones?

Dual SIM on Google Pixel phones allows using both a Nano-SIM card and an eSIM card simultaneously, letting users manage two numbers (e.g., personal and work) without switching SIMs manually.

Are there any regional or carrier restrictions for eSIM on Google Pixel devices?

Yes, some models and regions have restrictions. For example, Pixel 2 supports eSIM only with Google Fi, and certain Pixel 3 and 3a models have limited eSIM support based on the carrier and region.

Does Google Pixel eSIM support vary depending on the carrier?

Yes, eSIM support on Google Pixel devices can vary depending on the carrier. While most carriers offer compatibility with Pixel models, certain restrictions or limitations may apply based on the carrier’s network policies and agreements with Google. It’s recommended to check with your carrier to ensure eSIM activation is supported for your specific Pixel device.

How can I reinstall a deleted eSIM or reinstall an existing eSIM in my new phone?

If you delete your eSIM from YOverse or lose your device, you cannot reinstall it, so if you plan to buy another plan at a later date, you will need to pay the activation fee of $0.70 Euro (which covers your eSIM for 1 year) again and reinstall a new eSIM.

How can I delete an eSIM from my phone?

If you wish, you can manually remove your eSIM. To remove your eSIM follow these steps:

Go to Settings

  • Tap Mobile data or Mobile data

    • Tap your mobile plan

    • Tap “Remove mobile plan”

If you remove your eSIM you will no longer be able to connect through this line. Any contacts you have associated with this line will default to your preferred line.

How can I allow data switching between my plans? [Advanced users]

To allow your phone to automatically select which SIM to use data from based on coverage and availability, turn on “Allow mobile data switching” in your settings. Note that if you are roaming and only want to use your YOverse eSIM or data, you should then make sure that “Allow mobile data switching” is turned off. If “Allow mobile data switching” is turned on, your phone will automatically use data from both phone plans, depending on which network is strongest at any given moment. This option is best for people who want to stay connected no matter what. There is no way to know which plan is being used at any given time, however, so this option can consume data quickly if you are not aware of it. To turn on Allow mobile data switching, follow these steps (steps may vary depending on phone model):

  • Go to Settings

  • Tap either Cellular or Mobile Data.

  • Tap Mobile Data.

    • Turn on Allow Mobile Data Switching

Your data line automatically switches for the duration of your call. Mobile data switching will not work if you are currently roaming and both eSIMs are not set to allow data roaming. Check with your provider for availability and to find out if additional charges apply.

How do I see how much data is left on my plan?

You are able to see it in the application in the “My eSIM” bubble; click on the data plan under “Active Data Plans” to view its remaining data. Once your data runs out, you will no longer have an internet connection without Wi-Fi.

Uliana Aitakayeva


Uliana Aitakayeva is a tech-savvy traveler with a deep understanding of eSIM technology. As a telecom engineer, she offers practical advice on using eSIMs worldwide. Her posts focus on cost-effective strategies, carrier insights, and regional tips. When not traveling, Uliana enjoys photography and exploring local cuisines.