Google may soon allow Android users to transfer eSIM profile easily and convert physical SIM card to eSIM
Google would work on a system of converting physical SIM cards into eSIM. It would also allow users to easily transfer an existing eSIM from an old device to a new one. Google has just started rolling out its Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 build, giving Pixel fans a preview of what all the updates may come in March’s Drop feature. This latest version contains code that shows major quality of life advancements for Android’s eSIM experience, in addition to 31 new emojis and a feature that lets you force theme icons on your home screen. .
According to a thread from tweet By tipster Mishaal Rahman, Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 introduces a new system property called “euicc.seamless transfer enabled in non qs”. This hints at the upcoming feature through which users will most likely be able to transfer an eSIM profile from an old Android phone to a new phone. Users may also be able to convert a physical SIM card from an old phone to an eSIM profile from a new phone.
Android currently does not allow users to transfer eSIM profile from one phone to another. To do this, users need to deactivate the eSIM profile of their old phone and activate it on the new device. The process is rigorous and users may need to contact the carrier to activate eSIM on the new phone.
iOS, on the other hand, includes a built-in Quick Transfer feature that allows users to transfer physical or eSIM cards from an older iPhone to a newer model without contacting the carrier. Google would try to bring similar functions to Android.
The tweets also add that Google is building the feature into the SIM Manager app on its Pixel phones, as well as a number of phones preloaded with Google Mobile Services. However, complete compatibility information is not yet available.
eSIM transfer between devices is not a native feature of eSIM setup, the tweets add. This means that Google may not be able to make this feature available to all Android devices through the use of AOSP, and may have to limit it to Pixel phones at the initial stage. eSIM transfer may be limited to moving from one Pixel to another or factory resetting the same device. Converting physical SIM profiles to eSIM will likely be carrier dependent.
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