How to Activate MTN eSIM: A Quick Guide!

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Are you looking for an easier way to switch between different networks without the trouble of physically changing your SIM card? Try eSIM technology. With eSIM, you can stay connected without worrying about losing your SIM card and switch between different networks easily. If you’ve been searching for how to activate MTN eSIM, you’ve come to the right place.

In this blog post, you’ll learn how to activate MTN eSIM. Continue reading to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of MTN eSIM. Without further delay, let’s begin.

How to Activate MTN eSIM: A Quick Guide!

What is eSIM and How Does it Work?

An eSIM, also known as an Embedded SIM, is a new technology SIM different from the normal  physical SIM cards. Unlike traditional SIM cards, the eSIM is directly implanted into your phone, without the need for a physical card. 

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This gives you the convenience of changing between different mobile networks  from your device, giving you the freedom to switch as needed.

The Benefits of eSIM Technology

One of the benefits of eSIM technology is that it simplifies the process of switching between mobile networks. This is because eSIMs eliminate the need for a physical SIM card, which means there is no need to remove or insert SIM cards when changing networks.

Also, with eSIM you don’t have to be afraid of losing your SIM as you can easily insert it into another phone by scanning the QR on another compatible phone.

Activating MTN eSIM

If you’re wondering how to activate MTN eSIM, follow these steps:

  1. Check if your smartphone is eSIM compatible by dialing *#06# on your phone. If an EID number appears, your smartphone is eSIM compatible.
  1. Visit an MTN store near you to get an eSIM profile.
  1. Once you have your eSIM profile, scan the QR code on your smartphone.

That’s it! Your eSIM is now activated. For further instructions on how to activate eSIM on your Android or iOS device, keep reading.

How to Activate MTN e-SIM on iPhone

If you have an iPhone, follow these steps to activate your MTN eSIM:

  1. Make sure your device is eligible for eSIM activation.
  2. Open your phone’s Settings and select “Mobile Data.”
  3. Click on “Add eSIM.”
  4. Scan the QR code provided by your customer care agent.

Your eSIM will be activated and added to your iPhone immediately.

How to Activate MTN e-SIM on Andriod

To activate MTN eSIM on your Android device, follow these steps:

  1. Confirm that your device is eligible for eSIM.
  2. Open the Settings app on your phone and select “Network & Internet.”
  3. Tap on “Mobile Network” and then select “Advanced.”
  4. Choose “Carrier” and then click on “Add Carrier.”
  5. Scan the QR code provided by the customer care agent.
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Your eSIM will be activated and added to your Android smartphone immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is an MTN eSIM?

An MTN eSIM is a digital SIM card that is embedded in your device. Enjoy multiple mobile plans without carrying multiple physical SIM cards. Easily switch between plans and stay connected on the go.

Can I perform a SIM upgrade of my line to eSIM?

Yes, you can perform a SIM upgrade of your line to an eSIM.

How Do I Know If My Phone Supports MTN eSIM?

To check if your phone supports MTN eSIM, dial *#06# on your phone. If the barcodes displayed include an EID number, then your phone is eSIM compatible.

Can I Use My Existing MTN SIM With an eSIM?

No, you cannot use your existing MTN SIM with an eSIM. You will need to visit an MTN experience center to close you to exchange your physical SIM for an eSIM.

How Much Does It Cost to Activate an MTN eSIM?

It’s usually free to to change your physical SIM for an eSIM. However, you may be charged a service fee of N1000.

Can an eSIM Profile Be Used More Than Once?

Yes, it can be used but not while it is downloaded and installed in a device. It can be reused once the profile is dissociated from a device.

What Are the Limitations of Using an MTN eSIM?

Using an MTN eSIM may have some limitations, such as:

  • Some devices may not support eSIM.
  • You cannot use your current MTN SIM card with an eSIM. You’ll have to exchange it for an eSIM.
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Where Can I Buy an MTN eSIM?

You can buy an MTN eSIM from an MTN store.

How Do I Download My eSIM Profile?

You can download the eSIM by scanning the QR-Code presented by the customer care agent.

I Bought an eSIM Device. How Do I Get My Physical SIM Pack?

A slip with a QR code containing the SIM serial and PUK will be given to you. This will serve as the eSIM pack.

Do I Require Data to Download My eSIM Profile?

Yes, you will need to be connected to a wireless network or have an active MTN data plan to download the eSIM profile.

What happens if I misplace my QR code?

The QR code can always be retrieved at any time from any of our MTN stores. You will have to provide proof of identity and the associated mobile number to retrieve your QR-code.


With MTN eSIM, you can switch mobile networks without the need for physical SIM cards. To activate it on your compatible device, simply follow the steps outlined in this blog post. 

The benefits of eSIM technology include the ability to scan a QR code to insert it into a compatible phone without the need for a physical SIM and the elimination of worries about losing your SIM card. 

Although there may be some disadvantages, such as compatibility and the need to exchange your physical SIM, the benefits make it a worthwhile option. Stay connected with MTN!