How To Use Bolt With an eSIM

how to use Bolt with an esim

Traveling to a new city is exciting, but navigating unfamiliar streets and public transportation systems can be overwhelming. Luckily, there are ridesharing apps like Bolt to ease your journey. But how do you use Bolt to book a ride when you can't get online? That's where we come in. You can easily use your Airalo eSIM data to access Bolt abroad. In this blog post, we'll walk you through how to use Bolt with an eSIM.

What Is an eSIM?

First, let's review what an eSIM is. eSIM stands for "embedded SIM." It's a tiny chip that's built into your phone and connects you to a mobile network. It serves the same function as a physical SIM card, but you don't need to insert and remove it from your device to stay connected. 

Instead, you can purchase an eSIM plan for your destination, install the eSIM on your device, and instantly connect to a mobile network. There's no need to find a SIM vendor, swap out your SIM card, or struggle with spotty Wi-Fi. You can get online (and use Bolt!) within minutes of arrival. 

How To Use Bolt With an eSIM

With an eSIM, you can book a ride with Bolt as soon as you step off the plane. Here's how to use Bolt with an eSIM.

1. Purchase an eSIM From Airalo

Before you take off to your destination, make sure you've purchased an eSIM to stay connected. If your device is eSIM-compatible (find out here), you're all set to get started:

  • Go to the Airalo app (iOS | Android) or website
  • Log in or create an account
  • Search for your destination (you can choose from 200+ countries and regions worldwide)
  • Choose an eSIM plan for your trip
  • Tap "Buy Now" and complete checkout

Related: How can I get an eSIM?

2. Install and Activate Your eSIM

Once you've purchased an eSIM, you can follow these step-by-step instructions to install and activate it on your device:

When you install your eSIM depends on your plan's activation policy. Most eSIMs will activate as soon as you connect to a mobile network at your destination, but some will activate immediately upon installation. It's a good idea to check your activation policy before installing an eSIM on your device.

3. Access Your eSIM Data

When you arrive at your destination, you can turn on your eSIM line to connect to a mobile network. Here's how:

  • Go to your device Settings > Cellular or Mobile
  • Tap your eSIM line.
  • Toggle ON Turn On This Line.
  • Toggle ON Data Roaming.
  • Your phone will automatically connect to a supported network. 

4. Launch the Bolt App

Now, you can use your eSIM data to use the Bolt app on your phone! Here's how to launch the app and book a ride to your next stop:

  • Open Bolt or download the app (if you need to download the app, we recommend doing so before you leave for your trip)
  • Allow the app to access your location
  • Enter your destination
  • Choose a ride option
  • Confirm your pickup

And you're off! 

Need instant data to access Bolt abroad? Visit the Airalo store to find an eSIM for your next trip.

Ready to try eSIMs and change the way you stay connected?

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