T-Mobile Pixel 4 gains eSIM support with new update


T-Mobile’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have started receiving the December 2019 security update this week, and in addition to the security patches, it includes a notable new feature for T-Mo customers.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are getting T-Mobile eSIM support with the new December update. This update bumps both phones up to build QQ1B.191205.011 and should be rolling out over the air now. If you’ve got a Pixel 4 or 4 XL, you can check for your update by going into Settings > System> Advanced > System update > Check for update.

This news is notable for a couple reasons. Not only does it mean that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are getting a big new feature on T-Mobile, but it also marks the first time that T-Mo’s eSIM capabilities are officially available on an Android phone. Previously, eSIM was only officially supported on the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

There doesn’t appear to be an official prepaid eSIM app for Android on the Play Store yet like there is for iOS, but that could change soon now that the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are eSIM-enabled. I’ve contacted T-Mobile for more info on the matter. In the mean time, you can visit a T-Mobile store or contact T-Mo customer support to get the postpaid eSIM process going. Here are T-Mobile’s steps for setting up eSIM:

Download your eSIM settings

1. Activate your eSIM at a T-Mobile store or have one of our Experts swap your physical SIM for an eSIM.

2. Make sure you have access to the internet on your device, we recommend Wi-Fi.

3. If you’re changing from a physical SIM to an eSIM, remove the physical SIM from your device.

4. After that, download the eSIM settings using the QR code or SM-DP+ Address below.

  • Find steps by choosing your Device and selecting eSIM settings in the Connection & Network drawer.
  • For iPhones with eSIM, go to Settings > Cellular > Add Cellular Plan.
  • For Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile Network.


Activation code: [Blank]

Confirmation code: [Blank]

An eSIM can let you ditch your physical SIM card and also lets you activate another network on your phone. That can come in handy in a few different situations, like if you want to test out a new network while still using your current network or if you have separate personal and work phone numbers and want to use them both on one device.

Have you tried eSIM? If you’ve got a Pixel 4, are you going to give it a shot now that eSIM works on your phone?

Via: Android Police
Sources: T-Mobile Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL

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  • Mickey T

    Is this for Google unlocked models? My build number is different than the one in this article

  • Mike Thaler

    Will this ever be available for earlier Pixel models or other existing phones?

    • JiGSaW525

      I had my pixel 3 working the same way before my pixel 4.

  • JG

    Just the 4? Will this be coming to the other eSIM capable Pixels (2, 3 and 3a)? They may not have dual standby like the 4, but otherwise they should still work, I’d imagine.

    • JiGSaW525

      I had my pixel 3 worrying the same way before my 4.

  • Dean Kaltsas

    so, here an update. i’m in greece traveling. i updated my pixel 4XL with tmobile Esim. it was very easy to do , i did use the link you gave here and used the chat with tech at tmobile. you MUST do that to give him your EID number. then he chages it to esim. i did this a little early and not untill january 10th they say will the “SWITCHING ” feature be available. CURRENTLY : i can text with either sim and recieve calls form either. the only way to choose what sim to call from is during the call itself. there is a SWAP line button. and to swap back you need to make a call and switch during call. thats the hold up right now. so for me , it technically worlks fine but there will be some kind of update soon
    and i ca’t see how to switch of the european sim, unless i remove the sim from the device

    • Arnold Shoon

      similar situation – what I miss is the ability to go into airplane mode/just WiFi and have WiFi calling work… ideally at the office I’m on WiFi calling and then out on the road on the local sim.

      • Arnold Shoon

        take that back – looks like the latest update has it working with WiFi calling

  • KMB877

    I have used last 4 years unlocked phones with 2 SIMs (currently I have ZTE Axon 7). SIM#1 on UltraMobile’s network (a T-mobile MVNO), SIM#2 on Fi’s network (for international data).
    Very happy with the dual SIM concept, I don’t understand what so big fuss about eSIM.