Google’s wireless network can now be activated on an iPhone via eSIM. In other words, without needing a SIM card mailed to you or purchased at a retail store, you can now use a Google Fi number on your iPhone in addition to the phone number connected to the SIM card in your iPhone.
How to set up Google Fi on iPhone using eSIM
Google has a support page here fully detailing how to activate Google Fi on an iPhone using eSIM, but here8217;s a quick summary:
- Sign up for Google Fi on the Google Fi website.
- You8217;ll want to do the “Quick setup”.
- Download the Google Fi iOS app.
- Once you have everything ready to go, visit this page on a device that’s not your iPhone, like your laptop.
- Sign in to your account and follow the on-screen instructions to complete set up.
Note: Google Fi for iOS is in beta, so the wireless service is lacking some features available to Android phone users. For instance, you have to adjust your iPhone’s settings to send texts to phones that aren’t iPhones, and you can8217;t use Google Fi’s VPN feature.
Which iPhone models support this feature?
- Google Fi Flexible: A flexible plan with a lower base monthly rate for unlimited calls and texts, but you must pay an additional $10 for every gigabyte of data you use per month. This plan starts at $20 a month for one person.
- Google Fi Unlimited: An unlimited plan with a consistent monthly fee that lets you use unlimited data (with some restrictions) plus unlimited calls and texts. This plan starts at $70 a month for one person.