Do you use your laptop to work while you’re on the move? If you do, you know how important a reliable internet connection is while you’re on the go and how frustrating it is when you can’t get connected when you need to. Laptops with eSIM solve this problem.
Notebooks with eSIM became a reality with the launch of Microsoft’s Surface Pro LTE back in 2017. Since that maiden notebook made its debut, almost all the major brands have also released eSIM models, including Lenovo, ASUS, Acer, Dell, HP, and Samsung.
This guide covers everything you need to know about laptops with eSIM – from why using cellular is better to how to activate an eSIM service on a notebook. We have also included a complete, up to date list of all the eSIM enabled laptops on the market.
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Why Use an eSIM on Your Laptop?
While there are many ways to get an internet connection on your laptop, what the other options don’t get right is the ease of use and dependable coverage.
Using an eSIM notebook doesn’t require any admin, fumbling around with a cable, or long term commitment to a single provider. It also offers more reliable coverage in more places with eSIM plans and services that suit your needs and lifestyle.
Laptops with eSIM connect you to the internet without the need for WiFi or any sort of tethering. This makes it easier to use, more reliable, more secure, and lighter on data and battery consumption. Setting it up also requires almost no effort.
eSIM notebooks are particularly useful when travelling. Many cellular carriers don’t allow tethering when the roaming feature is enabled, so users have to rely on local SIM cards or hotspots while travelling with their laptops. An eSIM bypasses this.
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Complete List of Laptops with eSIM (UPDATED)
If you’re wondering if your device supports eSIM, keep reading. Below we have listed every notebook that has been released with an embedded SIM since 2017.
Most major brands have released eSIM notebooks.
These are all the eSIM laptops currently on the market:
Acer Swift 7
Acer TravelMate P2
Acer TravelMate Spin P4
Acer TravelMate P6
ASUS NovaGo TP370QL
ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401NA
Dell Latitude 9410
Dell Latitude 7310
Dell Latitude 7410
Dell Latitude 9510
Dell Latitude 5410
Dell Latitude 5411
Dell Latitude 5511
HP Probook G5
HP Zbook G5
HP Spectre Folio 13
ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
ThinkPad X1 Fold
ThinkPad X1 Nano
ThinkPad X12 Detachable
Lenovo Flex 5G
Lenovo Yoga C630
Lenovo Miix 630
Lenovo Yoga 520
Lenovo Yoga 720 (2-in-1 models)
Currently, only Windows eSIM laptops are available.
FAQ about eSIM for Laptop?
Below we have answered a few frequently asked questions about eSIM laptops.
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How Do eSIM Laptops Work?
With an eSIM, your laptop acts as a phone by connecting to the internet via a cellular connection instead of a WiFi connection.
An eSIM, unlike a traditional SIM card, connects to a cellular network wirelessly (a.k.a. “Over the Air”) using remote SIM provisioning. To get connected to a network you download a virtual eSIM profile to the embedded SIM that is built into your phone.
This eliminates the need for a plastic SIM card or traditional mobile plan.
As you would with a traditional SIM card, you choose an eSIM plan based on your needs. Only with an eSIM, you have more flexibility and there is no need to wait around or make a long term commitment to a single mobile network or eSIM provider.
Also see: eUICC and eSIM – what are they?
What is LTE Connectivity?
LTE (Long-Term Evolution) is the standard for wireless broadband connections (from 4G and beyond) on mobile devices.
It is a type of 4G technology, which is why it is sometimes called 4G LTE.
How to Activate eSIM on a Laptop?
Enabling eSIM on a laptop is quick and simple to do.
First, you will need to check what version of Windows 10 you are running (it must be 1703 or later) and then make sure your laptop supports eSIM.
To see which version of Windows 10 your notebook uses, follow these steps:
- Select Start button
- Navigate to Settings > System > About
- Scroll to Windows specifications
- Your version will display next to Version
To see if your laptop has an eSIM, follow these steps:
- Select the Start button
- Navigate to Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular
- If there is a link that says Manage eSIM profiles, your laptop has an eSIM
How to Add an eSIM Profile to a Windows Laptop:
- Navigate to Settings > Network & Internet
- Go to Cellular > Manage eSIM Profiles
- Tap on + Add a new profile
- Select Let me enter an activation code I have from my mobile operator
- Continue by tapping Next
- Scan the QR code sent to you by your eSIM provider
- The activation code will appear in the Activation code box
- Select Next and follow on-screen prompts
- Download your new profile and select Close
How to Connect to a Cellular Network using an eSIM:
- Select the Start button
- Navigate to Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular > Manage eSIM profiles
- Select the profile you want and tap on Use.
- Tap Yes for This will use cellular data from your data plan and may incur charges. Do you want to continue?
- You are now connected to a cellular network!
Find more detailed information about how to use a Windows eSIM laptop.
Is there an eSIM PC?
eSIM for PC is not available. There are no eSIM desktop computers on the market.