The advantage of eSIM cards lies in their ability to facilitate operator switching without the need for a physical card. Nevertheless, transferring an eSIM from one device to another might be a cumbersome process. Every operator The processes vary and are arduous. To address this issue, Google introduced an eSIM transfer tool during MWC 2023, and subsequently, Samsung incorporated this functionality into One UI 5.1. However, initially, it was only possible to migrate eSIM data between Samsung devices.
Currently, this limitation is on the verge of being removed. Samsung appears to be developing its eSIM migration tool to be compatible with other Android smartphones. The inclusion of this feature is seen in One UI 6.1. The initial devices to be released with this latest iteration of One UI include the Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+, and Galaxy S24 Ultra. Mishaal Rahman, the editor-in-chief of the technology website Android Police, has effectively transferred the embedded SIM (eSIM) from the Pixel 8 Pro to the Galaxy S24 Ultra using a QR code. Presently, this functionality exclusively accommodates eSIMs that are compatible with the T-Mobile network within the United States.
Last year, Google announced that Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, will be the first operator to implement the eSIM migration tool. This suggests that other carriers worldwide may also start supporting the eSIM migration tool for Android phones. Previously, Samsung employed its own eSIM migration solution in One UI 5.1, but now it seems to have shifted to Google’s eSIM migration solution, showing up a selection supplied by Google Play services on neighboring Android devices.
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This is a significant advancement in the process of establishing a standard for eSIM registration and migration on Android devices. Android phones that have Google’s eSIM migration tool will be able to transfer eSIM data between different Android smartphones from different brands, contingent upon the cooperation of the mobile network operator. An ideal scenario would involve Apple and Google collaborating to enable seamless eSIM transfer across iOS/iPad OS and Android platforms.