Can’t Transfer eSIM Between iPhones in iOS 17.3.1? Fix It!

In this article, I will explain why you can’t transfer eSim between iPhones after iOS 17 update. There are some requirements that users must follow, Apple Says on its website. You might be forgetting one of them to enable. Let’s see an in-depth guide to fixing E-sim transfer to another iPhone with Bluetooth won’t work as expected.


  • Both iPhones Should Nearby
  • Both iPhones Must be Unlocked
  • both devices running on iOS 16 and later
  • Bluetooth must be turned on on both smartphone

So given above, all four criteria are most important to transfer your carrier E-Sim from the old iPhone to the new iPhone using the Bluetooth setting.

Fix #1. Make Sure your both Phone in range

we suggest you bring both phones nearby if placed between large distances. Hence, the E-Sim transfer process can establish connections quickly and easily. In short, the unwanted distance between both iPhones cannot transfer E-Sim from one phone to another.

Fix #2. Unlock your Phone screen

Unlock Your old and new Phone screens; Locked screen Phone lost trust between both devices. Please remember that both iPhones are contract-free, and the Screen must unlock by a passcode. Otherwise,

To unlock your phone screen, please enter your Digit passcode, or you can use Touch ID or Face ID scan to unlock both your phones.

Fix #3. Both devices must install the iOS 17 operating system

As mentioned above, both your Apple mobile installed iOS 17 or later version, cause this is a special feature for iOS 16 and later firmware-running iPhone users.
For example, your new iPhone has an iOS 16.XX and your old iPhone running with iOS 15 or iOS 14, then you will have to upgrade to iOS 16 First.
Steps to update your old iPhone to iOS 17;
open Settings App > Tap General > Hit Software Update > Wait till the screen check for updates.
After the iOS 17 update appears on the screen, tap on Download and Install, and follow the on-screen instructions.

After successfully installing iOS 17 on your old phone, you can transfer ESim from another iPhone Using Bluetooth.

Sometimes, the Bluetooth connection won’t work as expected; even toggle is turned on. In such case, your phone is running with outdated software; please install available latest iOS and retry the process as mentioned above.

Fix #4. Turn Bluetooth On on both iPhones

Launch Settings App> Click Bluetooth > turn Bluetooth toggle green.

I hope this guide was so much helpful to you. Please let me know if you have any E-sim-related issues in the comment box below.

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