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Use Project Fi with tablets & other compatible devices

Once you sign up for Project Fi and activate your phone, you can use your cellular data on tablets and other compatible devices with a Project Fi data-only SIM.

What you need to know

  • Eligibility: You can add another device by ordering a data-only SIM as long as you have service activated with Project Fi.
  • Cost: Compatible devices share the same data budget as your main phone, at the same rate of $10/GB. If you want to see how much your data-only SIM is using, check your data usage like your normally would. You’ll see a breakdown for each additional device.
  • Tethering: Tethering from a device with a data-only SIM isn’t supported.
  • Coverage: Data-only SIM cards provide coverage in 120+ countries. See our coverage map. You may notice some coverage differences from your main Fi phone. Coverage can also vary depending on your device.
  • Number of data-only SIMs: You can add up to 9 data-only SIM cards. You can also use the same data-only SIM card in multiple devices.

Add another device

To add a device, first check for compatibility. Then you’ll order a data-only SIM, activate it, and get it set up on your tablet or other device.
1. Check compatible devices & SIM cards

Devices verified as compatible

Here's a list of devices that we’ve verified will work with Project Fi:

  • Nexus 7 - K009 (2013 US LTE)*
  • Nexus 9 - 0P82300 (2014 US LTE)
  • iPad Air 2 - Model A1567 (2014)
  • iPad Mini 4 - Model A1550 (2015)
  • iPad Pro - Model A1652 (2015)
  • Galaxy Tab S - Model SM-T807V (2015)*
  • Pixel XL Model G-2PW2100 (North American version)
  • Pixel Model G-2PW4100 (North American version)
  • Nexus 5X Model LGH790 (North American version)
  • Nexus 6P Model H1511 (North American version)
  • Nexus 6 Model XT1103 (North American version)

*Requires a "nano SIM to micro SIM" adapter (see below).

Other devices

Data-only SIMs may work with devices that aren’t on our list. Devices need to be unlocked and work with T-Mobile (GSM radio). You can order a data-only SIM and test it out. However, we may not be able to help activate or troubleshoot these other devices.

Note on phones: If you set up a data-only SIM with a phone, you will have access to data, but you won’t be able to make calls and texts across the cellular network.

2. Find out if you need a SIM card adapter

About SIM adapters

SIM cards come in a few different sizes. Project Fi uses a "nano" SIM card. If your device uses something different, you may need a SIM adapter. A SIM adapter helps your smaller nano SIM card fit into a larger SIM card tray on your device. You can purchase an adapter online or at many electronic retailers.

Find out what SIM card your device uses

Most manufacturers list the SIM card size needed for each device on their website, so you can search to find out what size you need. For example, if your device needs a "micro SIM" you should buy a "nano SIM to micro SIM" adapter. If your device uses a "nano SIM", you don't need an adapter.

Verified compatible devices that need a "nano SIM to micro SIM" adapter:

  • Nexus 7 - K009 (US LTE )
  • Galaxy Tab S - Model SM-T807V

Verified compatible devices that don't need an adapter:

  • Pixel XL Model G-2PW2100 (North American version) 
  • Pixel Model G-2PW4100 (North American version) 
  • Nexus 5X Model LGH790 (North American version) 
  • Nexus 6P Model H1511 (North American version) 
  • Nexus 6 Model XT1103 (North American version) 
  • Nexus 9 - 0P82300 (US LTE)
  • iPad Air 2 - Model A1567
  • iPad mini 4 - Model A1550
  • iPad Pro 2015 - Model A1652
3. Order your data-only SIM
  1. Open the Project Fi website.
  2. In the Account tab, go to Your Plan.
  3. Select Add data-only SIM.
  4. Follow the instructions to order your SIM.
4. Once your SIM arrives, set up your device

1. Activate your data-only SIM:

  1. Grab your SIM card and your compatible device.
  2. Visit fi.google.com/data and enter the code made up of letters on your SIM card.

2. Insert your SIM card

  • For Pixel and Nexus devices: Learn how to insert your SIM.
  • For all other devices: Check with your device’s manufacturer for instructions.

3. Configure your device

For Android devices:

Note: These instructions are based on Nexus tablets running Android 6.0 and above. Steps may vary for your particular device.

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap More (under Wireless & Networks).
  3. Tap Cellular networks and then Access Point Names.
  4. Tap + (at the top of the screen).
  5. Tap Name and enter "Project Fi".
  6. Tap APN and enter "h2g2".
  7. Go back to the previous page.
  8. Select Project Fi from the list.
  9. If SIM setup is successful, you’ll see “Fi Network,” "Project Fi," or "T-Mobile" at the top of your screen. 

For iPhone and iPad devices:

Note: These instructions are based on iPad tablets running version 9 and above. Steps may vary for your particular device.

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap Cellular Data and then APN Settings.
  3. For APN, enter “h2g2”.

If SIM setup is successful, you’ll see "Project Fi" or "T-Mobile" at the top of your device’s home screen.

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