Last Updated on November 21, 2023 by Ron D. Morgan
One good thing about the Google Fi eSIM is that you can easily transfer the eSIM to a new device.
This is a unique feature because most networks don’t allow eSIM transfer. Rather you purchase a new eSIM and install it on the new device.
To transfer a Google Fi eSIM to a new device, first, you have to uninstall and delete the eSIM in the current device. Then download the Google Fi app and install the same eSIM to the new device.
Above is the process in a nutshell. This post will guide you through the steps to complete the process.
What To Do Before You Transfer Google Fi eSIM To A New Device?
Before you start the eSIM transfer process, it is advisable to check the new device and ensure that the following are in place:
a. Device Unlocked
The device you are transferring the eSIM to must be unlocked. Google Fi won’t allow you to transfer an eSIM to a device locked to another network.
If the device is locked to a network, contact the carrier and request to unlock your device. Before then, check the unlock requirements for your carrier here to ensure your device meets the requirements for free unlock.
If not, you will have to pay an unlocking fee for the carrier to unlock your device.
b. Check Device Compatibility
Also, you have to confirm that the new device is Google Fi eSIM compatible. You can’t install the eSIM on the new device if the device is not compatible. Check here to see a list of compatible devices.
How To Transfer Google Fi eSIM To Android Device?
You can’t complete an eSIM transfer from an Android device to another Android device. But you can download and install the same eSIM account from an old Android device to a new Android device.
Since you already have a Google Fi account, and an eSIM in another Android device, follow the steps below to transfer the eSIM to another Android device:
. Sign out from your Google Fi account on the current device and uninstall the Google Fi app from the device.
. Connect the new Android device to a wireless network.
. Download and install the Google Fi app directly from the web or from the Android Play Store.
. Sign in to the Google Fi app using your Google Fi eSIM account.
. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the download process.
. Restart the new Android device to complete the process.
How To Transfer Google Fi eSIM To an IOS Device?
Here are the steps to transfer an eSIM to another IOS device:
. Delete the eSIM in the current IOS device. To do this: tap on Settings > Cellular/ Mobile Data> Plan> Delete eSIM.
. On the current device, open the Quick Setup page, and sign into your Google Fi account
. Still, on the current device, complete this quick process: tap on Settings> Cellular> Add Cellular Plans> scan the QR Code on the setup page > Add Cellular Plan.
. Next is to update the Google Fi network settings on the new device. To do this, go to Settings> Cellular> Cellular Data Network and enter the network settings from the quick setup page.
. Download and install the Google Fi app directly from the web or from the IOS App Store.
. Sign into your Google Fi account on the app.
. Restart your phone to complete the process.
At this point, this post has covered the steps to transfer the Google Fi eSIM between devices. Note that you can’t transfer the eSIM from one Android device to another Android device.
Also, you can’t transfer the eSIM between devices with different operating systems. For instance, transfer the eSIM from an Android device to an IOS device.
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