Pixel 4 eSIM and dual SIM: Frequently asked questions

The Pixel 4 smartphone, the successor to the Pixel 3, was released by Google in October 2019 to much fanfare when word hit that its camera would be able to capture the Milky Way with one tap. But the new phone by Google offers more than just cool photo capabilities – it is also eSIM-enabled.

eSIM functionality has been well received by consumers, despite it being a relatively new technology. In fact, it’s on track to becoming the new normal in mobile telecommunications and SIM card technology.

To shed some light on what exactly an eSIM is and how it works with the Google Pixel 4, this guide explores some of the most frequently asked questions about the Pixel 4 eSIM.

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The Google Pixel 4 is eSIM-enabled and works with a plan from eSIM.net

Does the Pixel 4 support eSIM?

The Google Pixel 4 is eSIM-enabled and comes with Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) functionality. This means both SIM cards (micro SIM and eSIM) will be active when they are not in use (i.e. standby), but the moment you use one for a call the other becomes inactive. 

However, if you’re running the Android 10 operating system on your device you will be able to use both SIM cards simultaneously.

What are the benefits of using an eSIM on your Google device?

With technology evolving at an exponential rate and advanced new features appearing with every release, it can be tough keeping up and deciding whether it is worth the hype and money.

The Pixel 4 eSIM is a feature that is definitely worth your time. These are some of the benefits of using this new smart card technology on your Google device: 

  • You won’t need to fret about buying a new SIM card when you travel or trying to find out who the local providers are in the country you are visiting. The Pixel 4 eSIM uses remote provisioning to access a wide network of global providers both at home and abroad. This means you can connect to an operator remotely without having to go out and buy a local SIM card.
  • You can store multiple profiles on a single device and switch between them easily. This is ideal if you want to frequently switch between network providers in different locations around the world, or if you want a separate work number but don’t want a separate device.
  • An eSIM uses less space than a regular SIM and is significantly superior to its more traditional counterpart in terms of durability and lifespan.

Get up to speed with all Google Pixel eSIM devices.

How do you activate the Pixel 4 eSIM?

The eSIM is already embedded into the device so all you will need to do is activate it. This can be done with a cellular plan, such as those from eSIM.net. There are several different types of plans for the Pixel 4 eSIM – which one you need depends on where you will be using it and what you will be using it for.

If you want to use it while travelling, our 5G Pay As You Go eSIM provides worldwide coverage and can be used for calls, SMS, and data. You will get a +44 phone number for three months (after which you’ll be charged $1 per month to keep your number), global roaming coverage, and cheap fixed rates across the United Kingdom, United States of America, and Europe.

There are also data-only plans for specific countries around the world.

man using esim phone
eSIM.net is home to the world’s first eSIM powered with voice, data and SMS services.

Can you use an eSIM on its own?

Yes. The Pixel 4 eSIM can work as a stand-alone SIM so you will be able to connect to a mobile network without a micro SIM card. However, although the Pixel 4 can technically be used with just the eSIM, there are advantages to having a physical SIM card too.

Perhaps the biggest advantage is that you will be able to transfer the credentials to another device. The eSIM is embedded into the device so you won’t be able to take it out and move it to another device if something happens to your phone. Having just the eSIM means you lose your saved details.

Another major benefit is the dual SIM capabilities. While having one number is enough, having a dual SIM device gives you more flexibility and allows you to streamline how you connect at home and abroad. Using the eSIM on its own means you will only have the option of having one number and/or service plan.

How do you use the Pixel 4 dual SIM?

You will need to set the two SIM cards up individually before you can use them. The steps below will guide you through the setup of your Pixel 4 eSIM and micro SIM for dual-SIM functionality.

How to set up dual-SIM using the Pixel 4 eSIM:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile Network
  2. Add a new network by selecting “Add”
  3. Choose “Don’t have a SIM card?” and tap “Next”
  4. Tap on “Continue” when asked “Use 2 numbers”
  5. Restart your device
  6. Open your Settings again and go to Mobile Network
  7. Set your call and SMS preferences for each network

What are the benefits of using dual SIM on your Google Pixel device?

When it comes to dual SIM functionality, the benefits are undeniable, particularly if you travel frequently or want to streamline how you connect in your professional and personal life. 

Some of the biggest benefits of dual SIM include:

  • Using one SIM for your business line and the other for personal
  • Saving on data costs while travelling because you won’t need to use international roaming
  • You will be able to have separate plans for data and voice and SMS

What are some of the other features of the Pixel 4?

While the eSIM and astrophotography capabilities are a major drawcard for the Pixel 4, there are other great features on Google’s sleek new Android smartphone. Three of our favourites include:

  • 90Hz display that means smoother scrolling and animations
  • Dual rear camera (12MP primary and 16MP telephoto camera) for better photos
  • Soli radar sensor that allows for face unlock and Motion Sense gestures

eSIM.net have a range of eSIM plans available for purchase online that work with the Pixel 4 eSIM, including great deals on eSIM plans for the UK and USA.