Use Google Fi with tablets & other compatible devices

After you sign up for Google Fi and activate your phone, add a data-only SIM card to your account to use your cellular data on tablets and other compatible devices.

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 Google Fi.
  • Cost: Cost depends on your Fi billing plan. Learn more about Fi plans. If you want to see how much your data-only SIM is using, check your data usage like you normally would. You’ll find 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 200+ countries and territories. Check 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 4 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

Compatible tablets

Here's a list of tablets that we’ve verified will work with Google Fi. You can also use your own phone with Google Fi.

  • Android tablets running 7.0 or higher with LTE bands 2 and 4 (US versions)
  • iPads running iOS 12 or higher with LTE bands 2 and 4 (US versions)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tabs S2 or newer (US versions)
  • Nexus 9 LTE (US versions)
  • Sony Xperia Z4 (US version)

Some devices need 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. Google 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 don't need an adapter:

  • Pixel 2 and up (All versions)
  • Pixel Model G-2PW4100 (North American version)
  • Pixel XL Model G-2PW2100 (North American version)
  • Android One Moto X4 (All versions)
  • LG G7 ThinQ (Unlocked North American versions sold by retailers)
  • LG V35 ThinQ (Unlocked North American versions sold by retailers)
  • Moto G6 (Unlocked North American versions sold by retailers)
  • Moto G7 (Unlocked North American versions sold by retailers)
  • Moto G Power & Moto G Stylus (Unlocked North American versions sold by retailers)
  • 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
  • Open fi.google.com/account.
  • Select Manage Plan and then Add data-only SIM.
  • Follow the on-screen steps to order your SIM.
4. Once your SIM arrives, set up your device

Have your SIM card and compatible device ready.

1. Activate your data-only SIM:

  1. Open fi.google.com/data.
  2. Enter the code found on the packaging of your SIM card.

2. Insert your SIM card

3. Configure your device

For Android devices:

Tip: These instructions are based on Nexus tablets running Android 7.0 and above. Steps may vary for your particular device.

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

For iPhone & iPad devices:

Tip: Steps may vary for your particular device. iOS 12 and higher are supported.

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

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

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