iPhone Three Way Data and Number Swap

Okay, this is a niche issue, and iPhone instead of Mac, but this seems like the group to ask. Here’s the scenario:

  1. I currently have an iPhone 14 Pro
  2. Son has an iPhone 1Phone 13.
  3. I have a new iPhone 15 Pro Max sitting in a box at home, ordered as a “trade in” for son’s phone.

I am traveling to visit my son at college, where I will have access to good WiFi and cell signal.

What’s the best method for ending up with:

  1. Me having the iPhone 15 Pro Max
  2. Son having my iPhone 14 Pro.

All devices have eSims so I can swap the numbers online using Verizon’s app. But I’m having a hard time figuring out the best way to activate the new phone, swap the numbers, transfer data/restore from iCloud Backup.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Set your new 15 up using data transfer before the trip and wipe your 14 (gives you the option after data transfer)

On your travels set up the 14 then wipe the 13.

Just done the same with one of my children :slight_smile:

Thank you! That was my initial thought. But my concern was that “activating” the 15, which is linked to my son’s phone, would de-activate his cellular for the one-day gap.

Hasn’t here in the UK


This was a fiasco.

Activated the new phone. It attached my son’s number AND my number to the phone.

I spent 2 1/2 hours on the phone with three levels of Verizon support to get my son’s number activated on my old phone.

I am still getting constant notifications to activate an e-sim on my new phone. Even though it has the correct service on it and the last level of Verizon support confirmed that it was only attached to my number now.

Do not recommend.

Sorry to hear that :(, I guess being in the uk with a physical SIM was advantageous in this instance.