How to Activate Airtel eSIM, 9mobile eSIM, and MTN eSIM in Nigeria: For All Smartphones

How to Activate Airtel eSim, 9mobile esim and MTN esim in Nigeria

In the nearest future embedded SIMs like Airtel eSIM are going to take over the popular plastic SIM card. Many years ago, we were using the bigger plastic SIM card then the micro SIM was introduced. Later on, in 2012, Nano SIM was introduced. This was such a big deal those days because so many phones were not built to accommodate the Nano SIMs. But over the years, more advanced phones with only SIM trays that can accommodate a Nano SIM were all over the market.

In the same manner, the phones and other devices that can support eSIM are not much in the market now. But we know that it’s just a matter of time before more advanced phones and devices that can support the new eSIM technology take over the market. And this may lead to so many people queueing up to get eSIM. For those that want to get their Airtel eSIM, 9mobile eSIM, or MTN Nigeria eSIM early, this article will guide you on how to do so.

MTN eSIM activation

Just like Airtel eSIM, if you wish to activate MTN Nigeria eSIM, you need to visit any MTN office close to you. Make your request known to MTN customer agents there and they will gladly assist you to get an MTN eSIM. You will also get a QR code to scan.

MTN eSIM online

When downloading your MTN eSIM profile, you will need an internet connection just like when downloading Airtel eSIM. It doesn’t take much time to download, but you need to have enough data plan.

9mobile Nigeria eSIM

The steps to activate a 9mobile eSIM in Nigeria are quite simple. Just like the steps in activation of Airtel eSIM in Nigeria, you need to visit any 9mobile office and request an eSIM. You will be given an eSIM QR code to scan too.

For 9mobile subscribers in Nigeria, they can easily download the SIMO app to facilitate their eSIM activation process. To do so, follow these steps;

  • Go to Play Store if you are using an Android or Apple Store for iPhone users and install SIMO
  • Open the SIMO app and set it up
  • Click on ‘Set up an eSIM profile’
  • Fill in all the necessary details
  • Tap ‘Connect’
  • You can purchase the best data plan you want and get SIMO team support.

Airtel eSIM Nigeria

Before you leave your home to visit an Airtel office to activate Airtel eSIM, ensure that your phone is compatible with an eSIM. Even if you see your phone among those listed online as compatible phones, you can still check to be sure. To check for the compatibility of your phone with Airtel eSIM, dial *#06# and send. If your phone can support Airtel eSIM, it will display a set of numbers called EID NUMBERS. If not, you can go for other phones that support Airtel eSIM and dial the code again to confirm its compatibility.

Airtel eSIM activation

To activate Airtel eSIM Nigeria, you need to visit any Airtel office and tell the Airtel customer care representatives that you want an eSIM. The first thing that the Airtel customer care agent will do is check your phone for compatibility. If your phone can support eSIM, then you are good to go.
Activation of Airtel eSIM works like the traditional plastic SIM registration. All the requirements for physical SIM registration will be demanded. So you have to go there with a means of identification.

Other details like your National Identification Number, NIN. Your biometrics and other personal details will be required too. If you already have an active Airtel SIM card that you want to change to Airtel eSIM, the process is just like the normal SIM swap. You will be given a QR code for you to scan with your phone.

Airtel eSIM Nigeria iPhone Activation

If you are an iPhone user, the process of Airtel eSIM, 9mobile eSIM, and MTN eSIM activation is the same. All you need to do is to get a QR code from your network provider and follow these steps;

  • Go to the cellular setting on your iPhone
  • Click on ‘add cell plan’
  • Next, you will have to scan the QR code you got from your service provider
  • When you are asked to input a confirmation code, input the number on the QR code you received. This will activate your eSIM.

How to Activate Airtel eSIM Nigeria on Android Phones

If you are using any of the Android phones that support eSIM in Nigeria. Follow these steps to activate Airtel eSIM, MTN Nigeria eSIM, or 9mobile eSIM.

  • Open the QR code scanner on your phone
  • Scan the eSIM QR code you got from your service provider
  • ‘Cell Plan Detected’ will appear on your screen, click on it
  • Click on ‘Continue’, at the bottom of your screen
  • Next, click on ‘add cell plan’
  • If you are prompted to input a confirmation code, input the code that came with your eSIM QR code. And your eSIM will be ready.

FAQs on eSIM


You don’t have to wait till everybody starts lining up to get their Airtel eSIM, MTN eSIM, or 9mobile eSIM before you activate yours. You can save yourself the stress of joining queues later in the future by following the steps I have provided here. If you have further questions, reach out to me in the comment section and I will gladly get back to you.

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