Google Working on Making eSIM Transfers Easier on Android

has recently rolled out the second 13 QPR2 beta update to supported Pixel devices, which includes a number of underlying changes. According to Mishaal Rahman, among these changes is a new system property called ‘euicc.seamless_transfer_enabled_in_non_qs’, suggesting that Android could soon gain support for seamless eSIM transfers.

Currently, users have to deactivate their eSIM profile on their old phone and activate it on their new phone. This process is not seamless and may require the user to contact their carrier to activate the eSIM on their new phone. In contrast, iOS offers a built-in Quick Transfer feature that allows users to transfer physical or eSIMs from their old iPhone to a new model without contacting their carrier. It seems that is taking inspiration from this iOS feature and working on bringing similar functionality to Android.

The feature is being implemented in the SIM Manager app on Pixel phones and several other phones that ship with Mobile Services. However, the complete compatibility details are not available yet. It’s likely that Google’s Pixel lineup will support both eSIM profile transfers and converting a physical SIM to an eSIM profile. Devices from other OEMs will also get support for eSIM profile transfers, but the ability to convert a physical SIM to an eSIM profile might be limited to a few models.

It’s not yet clear when plans to release this feature. It could arrive with the March 2023 Pixel Feature Drop or later in the year with 14. The company has not yet commented on the matter, and it’s not known when more information will be available.

Overall this feature will make the transition of eSIM profile to new phone much easier and more seamless, by not requiring users to contact their carrier and make activation. This could make the transition process much more user-friendly and less time-consuming.




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