If you ever had trouble with automatically activating your eSIM, you can try doing it with the SM-DP+ address to set up your plan manually. If your phone is an older model that does not support automatic eSIM activation or has limited eSIM functionality, manual activation is your best bet at getting your eSIM working correctly.

In this guide, we’ll go over what the SM-DP+ address is and why they are important before going through the steps to activate your eSIM manually.

What is the SM-DP+ address?

The SM-DP+ (Subscription Manager Data Preparation Plus) address is necessary for modern mobile communication systems. They serve to identify and authenticate mobile devices, guaranteeing the security of data transmitted over airwaves.

It is a secret code that enhances the safety and security of your phone while using an eSIM. With the address, only authorized individuals can access your device and sensitive information. You can even liken it to an exclusive key known only to you and your phone company, making certain that no one else can gain unauthorized access.

Each eSIM has a unique SM-DP+ address that specifies the location of the subscription management server responsible for eSIM activation. This uniqueness ensures smooth and secure activation tailored to your specific device and carrier.

What is SM-DP+ address in eSIM?

An eSIM profile is generated and stored on an SM-DP+ server. This server houses eSIM profiles available for download. Think of it as a digital storeroom full of ready to use eSIMs.

Next, your device’s LPA (Local Profile Assistant) gets in touch with the server and downloads the correct eSIM and installs it on your phone.

The LPA sends a request to the SM-DP+ server along with the SM-DP+ address and activation code. Upon receiving the request, the server prepares the operator's profile, encrypts it, and sends it back to the LPA. Finally, the LPA installs the profile onto the eSIM, completing the activation process.

This results in a secure and encrypted installation process.

How do I find my SM-DP+ address?

Unlike a URL that you can visit, the SM-DP+ address is simply a code that requires entry into the settings field on your device. Your SM-DP+ address is given by your service provider usually in the email used to register for your purchase. 

You will be given a QR code, the SM-DP+ address, and the activation code in the mail. If you have failed to receive it, it it recommended that you get in touch with the provider’s customer care.

When you purchase a Holiday eSIM prepaid plan an email with all the required information to activate your eSIM will be sent to your inbox.

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When is manual eSIM activation necessary?

Manual eSIM activation might be needed in many cases. This is necessary when automatic eSIM activation is not supported by your device, due to it being an older models or with limited eSIM functionality.

Manual activation might also be required when encountering challenges during the auto-activation process, such as network errors, device incompatibilities, or unsuccessful attempts due to incorrect information.

Some carriers' activation processes might involve specific manual steps, such as entering unique codes or confirming personal information.

How to use SM-DP+ address to activate eSIM

Now that we've understood what an SM-DP+ address is and what they are used for let's understand how you can find it for eSIM activation.

As mentioned previously, when purchasing an eSIM, your service provider will typically provide you with either a QR code version or a manual installation method for the SM-DP+ address.

You can read our guide to installing your eSIM on iPhones and Android devices if you need more help doing things the normal route. This guide is geared towards those looking to manually setting up their eSIM on account of other activation methods failing.

How to set up SM-DP+ address on iPhone?

  1. Open the "Settings" app on your iPhone

  2. Tap on "Mobile Data" and then select "Add Cellular Plan."

  3. Choose the option "Enter Details Manually."

  4. Enter the SM-DP+ address and the activation code

  5. Restart the eSIM installation

  6. Select the desired data plan

  7. Set the generated line as your default line

  8. Please note that the installation process might vary slightly between iPhone models, but it should be similar for most iOS devices

How to set up SM-DP+ address on Android?

  1. Open the "Settings" app on your Android device

  2. Look for "Network & Internet" or "Connections" (depending on your device) and tap on it.

  3. Select "SIM Card Manager”

  4. Tap on the "+" or "Add eSIM" button

  5. Choose the "Enter Activation Code" option

  6. You will see a message asking if you don't have a SIM Card. Select "Enter Manually"

  7. Enter the activation code and press "Next" to add the SM-DP+ address

Now you are equipped with the knowledge to manually install your eSIM. Whenever you are not having success with your automatic eSIM install, just follow the steps outlined in this guide.

Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements for manual activation of eSIM?

To manually activate your eSIM you need the following; a compatible device with eSIM support (e.g., smartphones, tablets, smartwatches), a valid eSIM profile from your carrier, containing an activation code (QR code, SM-DP+ address, or alphanumeric code). This code connects your device to the appropriate network and plan.

How to get eSIM activation code?

The eSIM activation code is provided by your provider. It serves as a unique, one-time use code used to activate the eSIM on the device. It is generated by the SM-DP+ server and given to the device owner for the activation process.

How do I get a QR code to activate eSIM?

Holiday eSIM will send you the QR code in your registered email after purchase. Other providers may require you to download their app.

Can I activate eSIM without QR code?

Yes, by using the SM-DP+ address you can activate your eSIM plan. The QR code scanning method is automatic and requires you to only scan the code compared to the manual data entry associated with the SM-DP+ method.