Apple® iPhone® - Dual SIM with an eSIM - Set Preferred Cellular Plan by Contact

Note Notes:

  • The steps below apply to the iPhone XS / XS Max and newer models.
  • For additional Dual SIM info, check out this Apple article.


  1. From a Home screen, tap the Phone app Phone icon.
  2. Tap Contacts (bottom of the screen).
  3. Tap the preferred contact.
  4. Tap Edit (upper-right).
  5. Tap Preferred Line.
    Note This option is only available when both the physical SIM card and eSIM are activated.
    Tap Preferred Line
  6. Tap the number you want to use with that contact.
    Note Tap Last Used to use the line you last communicated with contacts to start new calls and messages.
    Set Preferred Line
  7. Tap Done (upper-right).