Android 10 Brings Dual-SIM Dual Standby Support to Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL PhonesOn September 4, 2019 by Anindita Ghosh
- Google announced the feature in a support page
- Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are the only Pixel phones to support dual-SIM
- Android 10 update is currently rolling out over-the-air (OTA)
- How to use dual-SIM support on Pixel 3a/ Pixel 3a XL
Google Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a XL
Android 10 is here, and it has brought a useful new feature for the Google Pixel 3a ₹ 39,500 and Pixel 3a XL ₹ 44,997 owners. With the new version of Android, the Pixel 3 ₹ 47,978 and Pixel 3a XL users are getting dual-SIM support with the Dual SIM Dual Standby option. The feature will make use of the eSIM support and the one physical SIM card slot present in both smartphones. Apart from the Pixel 3a phones, Google doesn’t support dual-SIM connectivity on any other Pixel smartphones right now.
In a support page, Google notes the eSIM and dual-SIM support will only work with some mobile carriers. So, it is ideal of check with your telecom operator about the compatibility. In India, only Reliance Jio and Airtel offer eSIM support right now. Vodafone Idea is expected to add support for the same in the coming weeks.
The Google support page also mentions that Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL units purchased in Japan won’t get dual-SIM support.
How to use dual-SIM support on Pixel 3a/ Pixel 3a XL
- If you want to use eSIM as your second SIM, go to Settings on your phone and tap on Network & internet.
- Then the + icon to add a mobile network and select Don’t have a SIM card?
- Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the setup.
- In case you are already using eSIM as your primary SIM card, insert the second SIM card.
- The phone will then ask you if you want to use “2 numbers?”. Tap Continue.
- Restart your phone and head over to Network & internet and then Mobile network to set up the call and text preferences.