How to activate new 4G VI SIM via call, SMS

Vodafone Idea (VI), formed after the collaboration of Vodafone and Idea, is one the leading network operators in India. According to the data released by TRAI, Vodafone Idea has 214.29 million subscribers by the end of August 2022. If you are one of the subscribers and have a new SIM to activate or have ported from another operator, then you will need to activate the SIM.  The process for activating a 3G, 4G or 5G SIM remains the same. It might sound like a complex process; however, it is straightforward and free. There are multiple ways to activate your newly purchased VI SIM card, and this article will help you explore the same. So, let’s dive in:

How to activate the new 4G SIM 

Activating your VI SIM is an essential part of starting to use the services of VI. There are multiple ways in which you can activate your VI SIM card; some of them are listed below:

  •       By SMS
  •       By visiting a physical VI store
  •       By phone
  •       By a new connection request

All of the above are straightforward and easy-to-do steps, and we will explore and discuss each consecutively. For more information on VI sim cards, check out this.

How to activate your VI SIM by phone  

It is straightforward and simple; all you need to do is to call on VI SIM activation number, which is ‘59059’ with the respective Indian Code. Just follow the voice instructions and enter your identification and account information with the help of your Dialpad.

Now, sit back and relax. Your SIM should be active in the next 24 hours after providing the required information. While 24 hours is the standard time that the operators share, in most cases, it takes less than an hour to activate the SIM. To check, if the SIM is now active, you can try making a call or sending an SMS. Now that your SIM is active and you need to know more about the recharge plans, then you can head here.

How to activate your VI SIM via SMS

You can activate your SIM, whether it is a prepaid or postpaid SIM, via SMS. Follow the undermentioned steps, and you are good to go:


  •       SMS the VI SIM card number to VI SIM verification number ‘55199’. You can find your 20-digit SIM card number on the back of your SIM.
  •       Soon after, you will receive an SMS with the last 6 digits of the SIM card number written as ‘XXXX.’
  •       You will have to send the last 6 digits of the SIM card within 6 hours of receiving the SMS.
  •       Shortly after, you will receive the success SMS, and your SIM card will be activated within approximately 20 minutes.
  •       You have successfully activated your SIM card and are good to go.

How to activate ported SIM card in VI

The process for activating a ported SIM card is quite similar and straightforward.


  •       All you need to do is to call on ‘59059.’ 
  •       Follow the voice instructions from the automated menu and enter the last four digits of your registered Aadhar Card from your dial pad. Just follow the steps below:
  •       Enter your birthyear in numbers in ‘YYYY’ format
  •       Press ‘1’ to activate mobile network services
  •       Restart your device, and your SIM will be activated within 1-2 hours.

How to activate VI eSIM on Android and iPhone

An eSIM stands for ‘Embedded Subscriber Identity Module. It is a digital SIM that allows you to use VI postpaid number without using a physical SIM. Just have a look at the steps below, and you will be sorted out:

  •       To start the process, SMS eSIM<space>registered email id to 199.
  •       You will receive a confirmation SMS. You must reply with “ESIMY” so as to confirm eSIM change request.
  •       After your confirmation SMS, you will receive another SMS from 199 asking to provide consent over a call.
  •       After giving the same, you will receive an SMS regarding QR Code which you will receive on your registered email id.
  •       Kindly make sure that your device is connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data.
  •       (For Android) – Now slide into your device’s ‘Settings’ > Select “Network & Internet” > Click on “Mobile Network” > Click on “Download a SIM inserted” > Click on “Next”> Scan the QR code received in the mail.
  •       (For iPhone) – Go to ‘Settings’ > Select ‘Mobile Data’ > Click on ‘Add Data Plan’ > Scan the QR code received in the mail.
  •       For more information, you may also explore VI’s official blog.

How to activate VI SIM through a ‘New Connection Request’

You can easily activate your VI SIM card through a ‘New Connection Request’ by following the steps below:

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  •       Visit the SIM delivery page.
  •       Provide the required details, including your name, mobile number, city, and others.
  •       Once you have applied for the SIM purchase, you will receive the SIM card at your address.
  •       You can ask the delivery person to insert the SIM card in your device and call VI SIM activation for prepaid number 59059.’

How to activate SIM by visiting the VI store

If you are not a big Online tech fan, you can visit the nearest VI store to activate your SIM card. Just follow the step below:

  •       Visit the Store Locator page to find the nearest VI store
  •       Submit your ID proofs and address proof documents
  •       Discuss with the executive regarding the VI SIM activation process. The representatives will guide you through it 

How to activate a deactivated VI SIM card

Generally, companies deactivate a SIM that remains inactive for longer durations. However, it can be easily reactivated by simply calling the customer care number ‘199’. If it does not help you with the concern, the best way is to visit your nearest VI centre and carry your registered address proof/Aadhar card with you.

Also Read: How to check Vodafone Idea balance via SMS, USSD Codes, App, Website, WhatsApp and more


1)     How long does it take for SIM card activation?

SIM card activation these days is a speedy process. It usually takes close to 24 hours in normal circumstances; however, it can be done in 20-25 mins.

2)     How much does it cost to activate a VI SIM card?

SIM card activation by any means is a free process. Whether you activate your SIM card via SMS, call, or visit your nearest VI centre, it does not cost anything. You may, however, have to pay to get a new SIM. 

3)     How can I know my SIM is active?

It is straightforward and easy. All you need to do is check whether you can make calls and send text messages. If yes, your SIM card is activated, and you are ready.

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