The Pixel 6a recently made its retail debut, becoming Google’s latest phone to hit store shelves. Although the Pixel 6a is powered by Google’s Tensor processor, the phone is positioned as a mid-range device and its price is such. With recent promotions surrounding the phone, the Pixel 6a is one hell of a deal. But one important question you might have about the device is whether it supports dual SIM. Well, it does…but it doesn’t. So let me explain.
Although Google may have different phone models for different regions, for the most part the SIM configuration doesn’t seem to change. The Google Pixel 6a will have a dual SIM configuration with support for a Nano SIM and an eSIM. So in this case it’s technically a dual SIM device, but maybe not as you imagined with two physical SIM slots. But, a physical SIM card and an eSIM are always a good combination, so let’s explore how to set it up.
Set up your Pixel 6a
The first thing you will need to do is insert your physical SIM card into your phone. The Google Pixel 6a’s SIM tray is on the bottom left, so pry it out using a SIM ejector tool or a small pin. Insert your physical SIM card into the tray, then reinsert it. If you’re worried about putting it on the wrong way, there should only be one way to fit, so don’t worry too much. Take your time. Once done, you can set up your second eSIM by going to the phone’s settings menu.
Once in the settings menu, go to the Network & Internet section and add (+) a mobile network. You should see an option that will allow you to upload a SIM card. After you select this option, it will present you with the options of the provider, choose the one that suits you. Once this step is done, you will be asked if you are going to use two SIMs. Be sure to click “Yes” so your phone can update and apply the settings. Once the phone is updated, you can go to the Network & Internet section and tap on Mobile network, where you can set your eSIM preferences. You can set preferences for mobile data, calls, and text messages.
Configuring dual SIM functionality
While this may all seem tricky, I think the important thing is to make sure, if you can, to set your primary service as an eSIM. This might not be possible as not all carriers support eSIM. But if your primary service provider is configured for an eSIM, it will give you the freedom to buy SIM cards on the go and use them when needed.
So now that we’ve shown you how to set up an eSIM, let’s move on to the temporary deactivation process. Once again you will appear in the Network and Internet menu and head to the mobile network section, from there you can select the SIM card you wish to deactivate. If you want to go further, you can delete the eSIM in this same menu. Simply tap on the eSIM and tap “delete”.
If you want to change your physical SIM card, just pull out the SIM tray and replace the physical SIM card. Please note that some combinations of SIM and eSIM cards do not work well together. So, if you see a message that some services are unavailable, you may need to contact the mobile carrier for troubleshooting. The hard part about this is that since you’re mixing and matching services, you might not get much help. If possible, check online which mobile carriers work well with your primary service or physical SIM card provider. Do this in advance to avoid headaches.
The Pixel 6a offers a unique style, a powerful Google Tensor processor and a good camera. What more could you ask for from a phone that costs $449.
If you’re about to buy a Google Pixel 6a, the current deals on the phone might be enough to sway you. The phone has a relatively good camera, a powerful Tensor processor, and an aesthetic design that separates it from the pack. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, check out our Google Pixel 6a review, where you can read more about the phone. If you go ahead with your purchase, remember to protect your investment with some of the best cases available for the Pixel 6a.
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