Everything You Need to Know About iPad

iPad Models & SIM Types

Don’t worry about which model iPad you have. All iPads released after October 2018, have an eSIM, but you can also get GigSky service via Apple SIM, which is a physical plastic SIM card, or Apple Embedded SIM. Whichever model you have, getting the right iPad data plan will save time and money. And as a bonus, until November, 2019 you can use promo code GSDATA to save $5.00 (USD) on a GigSky data plan for iPad.

What’s the difference between Apple SIM Embedded and eSIM?

Prior to adopting the universal eSIM standard, Apple used its own embedded SIM. Today, the Apple embedded SIM is only used on three iPad versions (see below), and is being phased out in favor of eSIM standard for all future iPads.

Details on activation process to follow First, Here’s a rundown on iPad models and which SIM they use:

  • iPads with Apple SIM Included (physical SIM card)

  • iPad mini 3 and 4

  • iPad (5th and 6th gen)

  • iPad Air 2

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st gen)

  • iPad with Apple SIM Embedded

  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro

  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd gen)

  • iPad with eSIM (newest standardized eSIM)

  • iPad 10.2-inch

  • iPad mini (5th gen)

  • iPad Air (3rd gen)

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd gen)

  • 11-inch iPad Pro

  • All iPads released after October 2018

There isn’t any difference in the way you purchase a data plan with the Apple SIM, the embedded Apple SIM or the eSIM. The only difference is in the list of networks available, the eSIM shows “Other” along with GigSky. Don’t select “Other”.

Important to Know:

The GigSky app is not needed for iPad

The first thing to know is that you do not need the GigSky app to access GigSky service on your iPad. Regardless of which iPad version you have, GigSky is accessed via the cellular settings. View iPad Data Plans.


Secondly, no matter which iPad you have, you always purchase your GigSky data plan when you arrive at your destination, not before. If you are in the United States and want to use a GigSky data plan in the U.S., then you can purchase the North America Plan. If you reside in the United States and will be traveling to Italy, then you wait until arrive in Italy, and then purchase a plan. You can purchase a data plan for just Italy or a regional plan for Europe, which will give data for your travels all over Europe. If you want to purchase a single plan for coverage in 125 countries, purchase the GigSky Global Plan for iPad. View all plans for iPad.


Thirdly, if your GigSky data plan does not immediately connect when the plan is activated, turn the device off for two minutes and then reconnect. That usually solves the problem.

GigSky works with all three SIM options, but how you access GigSky’s service will depend on which iPad version you use.

How do I set up GigSky eSIM data service on my iPad?

You do not need the GigSky app to use GigSky’s data plan on your iPad. Instead, go to Settings>>Cellular/Mobile>>Add Data Plan>>GigSky.


For the best user experience of GigSky’s service on Apple SIM, always use the latest version of iOS and carrier settings. Currently, the latest version of iOS is iOS 12.1.

To update your version of iOS:


To update your carrier settings:



To purchase a data plan on iPad, you must be in the country/region where you are planning to use the data.

If this is your first Purchase: (you do not need to be connected via wifi or cellular);

  • Go to Settings -> Cellular/Mobile

  • Select GigSky (do NOT select Other)

  • Select Continue

  • Select Country of Residence (your home country not your destination)

  • Select Buy Now for the data plan you wish to purchase If you already have an account, you can select “I already have a GigSky Account” and use that account If you do not have a GigSky account, you need to create an account and set up the payment, then continue with the purchasing process – Select Buy Plan – The eSIM/SIM will be downloaded to the iPad and plan will be activated (this will take a minute or two) – After you receive the message the Data Plan is Activated/Updated, you are ready to connect and use data!


  • Go to Settings -> Cellular/Mobile

  • Select Add a New Data plan

  • Complete the purchasing process

Control what apps do in the dark

Some apps like to do things in the background, which can be useful: it’s handy to have your newspaper ready to read when you turn on your iPad in the morning for example.

But background refresh could also mean apps using bandwidth for no good reason, which isn’t ideal if you’re on a cellular connection. And as ever, Facebook tends to demand more resources than it really needs.

You can control which apps can use background refresh in Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

Need More Help? Email: support@gigsky.com – or, visit our Online Help Center.

Other helpful iPad blogs:

How to Make and Receive Phone Calls on Your iPad

How to Connect with GigSky on eSIM-enabled iPad