An eSIM (embedded SIM) in iPads refers to a built-in SIM card embedded within the device itself. Unlike physical SIM cards, which are removable and interchangeable, an eSIM is a small chip integrated into the iPad’s hardware. It serves the same purpose as a regular SIM card, allowing your iPad to connect to cellular networks for data and voice services.

The eSIM allows you to activate a cellular plan without needing a physical SIM card. It allows you to switch between different carriers and plans whenever. This feature is useful for travelers who don’t have access to WiFi.

Cellular connectivity is nothing new for iPads. Apple used to have micro SIM cards, then they switched to nano-SIM, and now you can get iPads with eSIM. In this article, I want to list all iPad models that have eSIM.

Which iPads Have eSIM?

iPad Model & GenRelease Year & MontheSIM
iPad Mini (3rd gen)2014, OctYes
iPad Air (2nd gen)2014, OctYes
iPad Mini (4th gen)2015, SepYes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st gen)2015, NovYes
iPad Pro 9.7-inch2016, MarYes
iPad (5th gen)2017, MarYes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd gen)2017, JunYes
iPad Pro 10.5-inch2017, JunYes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen)2017, NovYes
iPad Pro 11-inch (1st gen)2017, NovYes
iPad (6th gen)2018, MarYes
iPad Mini (5th gen)2019, MarYes
iPad Air (3rd gen)2019, MarYes
iPad (7th gen)2019, SepYes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th gen)2020, MarYes
iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd gen)2020, MarYes
iPad (8th gen)2020, SepYes
iPad Air (4th gen)2020, OctYes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th gen)2021, MayYes
iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd gen)2021, MayYes
iPad Mini (6th gen)2021, SepYes
iPad (9th gen)2021, SepYes
iPad Air (5th gen)2022, MarYes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th gen)2022, OctYes
iPad Pro 11-inch (4th gen)2022, OctYes
iPad (10th gen)2022, OctYes

What Are The Benefits of eSIM on iPads?

  • You can switch between different cellular carriers. It’s a great feature if you travel a lot.
  • You don’t need to be dependent on a WiFi network.
  • Cellular connectivity is more secure than public WiFi networks.
  • You have access to the internet at all times.

How Does eSIM Work?

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When you purchase an iPad with eSIM capability, you can activate cellular service through the device settings. This process may involve choosing a carrier and selecting a data plan directly on the iPad. A virtual SIM card is already embedded within your device. It provides cellular connectivity without the need for a physical SIM card.

Not all carriers support eSIM, so it’s essential to check with your carrier to confirm compatibility.

Do iPads Have Dual SIM?

iPads with eSIM support often have a physical SIM card slot as well. This dual SIM capability allows you to use both the eSIM and a physical SIM card simultaneously, providing flexibility in choosing carriers or plans.

How To Find iPad eSIM Number

if you need to see the eSIM IMEI number, follow these steps:

  • Open ‘Settings’
  • Tap on ‘About’
  • Scroll down until you see your IMEI number.

How To Setup an eSIM on iPad

If you are ready to set up a cellular carrier plan, follow these steps:

  • Open ‘Settings’
  • Tap on ‘Cellular Data’
  • ‘Set up Cellular Data’

Choose your carrier; if you don’t see the one you are looking for, I suggest you reach out to them.

eSIM not working on iPad – How To Fix It

  • Open ‘Settings’
  • Tap on ‘General’
  • Tap on ‘Transfer or Reset iPad’
  • Tap on ‘Reset’ and then on ‘Reset Network Settings’


How to tell if iPad has cellular connectivity?

Open settings and look for ‘Cellular Data’ if you don’t see it it means your iPad is just WiFi and doesn’t have cellular connectivity.

Can I use eSIM on iPad without cellular?

No, none of the iPad WiFi-only models support eSIM technology.

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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.