Apple has supported eSIM since the iPhone Xs/XR, but this year, all iPhone 14 models sold in the U.S. will no longer have a physical SIM card slot.
Apple may remove the SIM slot in more countries in the future, despite the fact that models sold in other countries will support both physical and virtual SIM cards.
ESIM is a replacement for a physical SIM card that is built into the phone's circuitry. This makes it easy for users to switch between SIMs.
It can accommodate more than two SIM cards at once. The iPhone 14 comes equipped with a slot that can accommodate eight different SIM cards.
1. Go to Settings > Cellular > Add Cellular Plan.
Settings > Mobile Data > Add eSIM.
2. For plan transfer, you'll see numbers. Select "Transfer from Nearby iPhone" manually. This requires iOS 16 on both iPhones.
3. The instructions for the older model will be of assistance. On the iPhone that's a few generations older, enter the verification code.
4. As soon as you move your plan to the newer iPhone, your carrier will send you a message to finish setting it up.
Most iPhones will need Wi-Fi to switch to eSIM. The eSIM-only iPhone 14 sold in the U.S. can be activated without a Wi-Fi connection.