How to activate Airtel SIM

Bought a new Airtel 4G SIM, or recently ported your number to Airtel? If yes, is the answer, then you must be looking answer for How to activate Airtel SIM. Once your KYC is completed, it would take few hours for your number to get activated, and accordingly, you can call/video call/send messages or use the internet services. Below we have listed some of the easy ways that would help you to activate your number without any hassle.

Steps to Activate My New Airtel 4G SIM

In case you are an existing Airtel user and wondering how you can activate your Airtel 4G SIM that you have just bought, then you are at right place. We have listed step by step method that would help in Airtel new SIM activation.

  • Open your message app and create a new message.
  • Type SMS SIM <20-digit SIM card number of your new Airtel SIM> send the SMS TO 121.
  • Soon you will receive a confirmation message from the same number.
  • Type 1 and send it to the same number.
  • Subsequently, you will receive a confirmation call, listen to the call carefully and type 1 for your consent.
  • In a couple of hours, your new Airtel SIM will be activated

Note-The SMS service, your number will remain deactivated for 24 hours of the Airtel SIM activation number.

How to Activate New Airtel Sim (Prepaid)?

In order to activate your new prepaid SIM, follow the below-listed steps.

  • Once the KYC is complete, wait for 4-60 minutes.
  • Then your number will receive signals.
  • Subsequently, dial 59059.
  • Follow automated instructions.

How to Activate Airtel Postpaid SIM?

If you are using a Postpaid number, you would have to follow a different method to activate the Airtel SIM card. Follow these easy steps to activate your postpaid SIM without any hassle.

Method 1 – Tele Verification

Call 59059 from your new SIM and verify your number.

Method 2 – Address Verification

An executive from Airtel customer care team will visit the address you have shared to verify the documents you have shared with them. After few hours of verification, your Airtel postpaid number would be activated.

How to Activate Airtel SIM after Porting?

Have you just ported your Airtel number from Jio or any other telecom operator? Then all you have to do is follow the below-listed steps.

  • Insert your brand new SIM card into your Smartphone.
  • You would be then asked to enter your PIN.
  • Subsequently, dial *123# in order to activate your Airtel SIM card.
  • Then you will see Airtel on screen.
  • After few hours, your SIM would be activated.

Steps to Re-activate your De-activated Airtel SIM Number

According to TRAI latest rules, Airtel prepaid number should have a balance of Rs. 20. Otherwise, the number can be deactivated. Adding to it if the same number is not used for more than 90 days, which means if you have not made outgoing calls, use the internet, a video call from the number, the Airtel executive will reach you to deactivate your number.

If you are an Airtel user make sure, your number has sufficient balance and recharge it time-to-time so that it does not get deactivated. However, if your number gets deactivated by any means, you can reactivate the same number within 15 days by recharging your number. Following are the steps that would answer your question- How to activate Airtel SIM, which is deactivated.

  • Send a request to 121@in.airtel.com to activate your SIM.
  • Or, connect with the Airtel customer care executive.
  • Visit the nearest Airtel customer care office and submit your request for reactivating your number.

3 Steps to Activate Your Airtel E-sim

Want to convert your physical SIM into e-sim? If yes is the answer, then follow these steps:

Step 1-Convert your Airtel E-Sim to Sim

  • First thing first, SMS eSIM<> and registered email id from your registered Airtel number to 121.
  • Soon, after verifying your email id -you will receive an SMS from 121; revert with ”1” in 60 seconds to confirm your request for converting your SIM to eSIM.
  • If the email id you have provided is wrong, you will receive an SMS from 121 asking to restart the process with the verified email id.
  • Post, you have sent ”1” on 121, you will receive one more SMS from the same number asking you to provide your consent through a call. If you fail to do so, your request for eSim would be rejected.
  • Once you have provided your consent through the call, you will receive the last SMS from 121, asking you to scan the QR ID that you have received on your verified email id.

Step 2-Receiving QR Code

  • After receiving the QR code, your number would be activated in 2 hours.
  • Then scan the QR code that you have received on your email ID.
  • During this entire process, your existing SIM would continue to work.

Step 3- Scanning your QR Code

Follow these given steps to scan the QR code from your Smartphone.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Click on Mobile data.
  • Then tap on ‘’Add Data plan’’
  • Scan the QR code that you have received over email.
  • Then Label eSim.
  • Make your net pack is on your phone is connected to wifi during the entire process.

Note:

For Prepaid Users

  • If you have not received the QR code on your email ID, then send an SMS- NESIM TO 52212 ( for Airtel users in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka) or send NESIM to 51619 if you live in the rest parts of the country.
  • Do not click on the Delete in Settings. It will remove your e-SIM profile. However, if it has been removed, then send the same SMS to the same number again.

For Postpaid Users

  • If you have not received the QR code on your email id within the 30, send an SMS- NOSIM to 121 to continue the process.
  • Do not click on the Delete option in the setting. However, if you tend to do it, SMS NOSIM to 121; this will not let SIM get disconnect.

Conclusion:

Above, we have curated some of the easy ways that would help you to activate your Airtel SIM. Make sure you follow all the instructions shared by the Airtel customer care team on activating the number. Once your number is activated, recharge it with an ideal Airtel recharge plan to enjoy SMS, net services and audio calling.

FAQ’s:

1. How can I activate Airtel SIM without OTP?

Send an SMS containing your 20 digit number to 121 and confirm the request by dialling 1. After some time, remove your old SIM card and insert the new one. Switch on your mobile phone and wait until the signal comes.

2. How long does it take to activate Airtel SIM?

It usually takes one-two hours to get the Airtel SIM activated.

3. What is Airtel Activation Number?

You can dial 59059 to activate your mobile number.

4. How can I know if my Airtel SIM is active?

To know whether your number is activated or not, dial the Airtel customer care team or ask someone to call on your new number.

Garima Kaushis

Garima Kaushis

Garima is an enthusiastic writer from Gurgaon. Her content holds value and information which is sourced from her long writing experience. Through her writings, you can explore vistas over wide range of topics. She loves to share her experience and bond with people around her. Her favorite leisure day would include shopping, reading book, good food and movies.

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Garima is an enthusiastic writer from Gurgaon. Her content holds value and information which is sourced from her long writing experience. Through her writings, you can explore vistas over wide range of topics. She loves to share her experience and bond with people around her. Her favorite leisure day would include shopping, reading book, good food and movies.

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