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How to install mobile data for iPad using eSIM
A step-by-step guide to using eSIM on your iPad
If you're accustomed to GSM phones and tablets, you might find it strange that the latest iPads don't use SIM cards, but don't worry, you can still get connected just as easily (if not more so) without one.
With Truphone for Apple SIM you can choose your network and data package within the iOS, seamlessly connect, and get online in seconds. All iPads are unlocked by default, so can be used on any network that supports them.
At Truphone, we've never been fans of having to swap SIM cards when travelling, that's why our network works seamlessly in over 48 countries. It's also why we love Apple SIM and why we are official Apple SIM partners.
First, check your iPad is compatible
You can get iPad data with eSIM on any of these models:
|9.7-inch iPad Pro
||iPad Air 2|
|10.5-inch iPad Pro
||iPad mini 4|
|12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)
||iPad mini 3|
|12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
(Please check the Apple website for the most up-to-date list.)
If you have one of these, you can get connected to the Truphone network right now in just a few clicks.
Your iPad must be running iOS 11 or later. If you want the best global coverage, we recommend you update to the latest version of iOS.
You must also have an Apple iPad SIM card. If you've got a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro or the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), Apple SIM is already embedded in your iPad, so you're good to go.
For other compatible iPads, such as the 5th generation iPad, the first-generation iPad Pro 12.9, the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + models, you will need to pop into your local Apple store to buy an Apple SIM first.
Once you've done that, you'll be able to enjoy all the same advantages that you would with an embedded SIM.
If you’re unsure which iPad model you have, you can check it here.
How to get online with the Apple SIM for iPad
To connect to Truphone with your Apple SIM:
1. Go to "Settings" and click on "Mobile Data" and then "Set Up Mobile Data.”
2. Select “Truphone” as your carrier.
Your Truphone plan will work seamlessly alongside your existing phone plan, there’s no commitment required.
3. Choose how much data you want.
With Truphone, you can also get 100MB to try for free.
4. Enter your email and, if you didn’t select free trial, enter your card information.
5. Press "Pay Securely" and get online!
Once you see “Truphone” in the status bar at the top, you will be connected.
Once you've purchased your data package, you will be able to use it anytime, anywhere. You can use our data plans in any of our 48 countries and without occurring any extra fees.
Why choose our data plans for Apple SIM
We believe that a data plan needs to be flexible, convenient and global.
It also needs to be affordable. Our Truphone for Apple SIM packages start at just £6 for 30 days and, when you buy an iPad data plan, we'll give you 100MB for free.
No one likes being hit with extortionate roaming charges, which is why Truphone is eliminating these financial concerns. Our Truphone for Apple SIM data plans, like our international SIM cards, can be used around the globe at no extra cost. There's also no extra charge for 4G, so you will always be able to enjoy the fastest connection available.
There's no contract, no strings attached and no commitment. All you need to sign up is an email address and your payment details.