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How To Share Data On MTN: Top 4 Methods You Can Use

If you wonder how to share data on MTN, here are the 4 best ways you can achieve that.

In fact, these are the very methods anyone that wants to share data on MTN to MTN uses

MTN Nigeria is no doubt a big telecommunication company loved and used by many Nigerians. 

MTN has different data packages and each comes with its pros and cons however, expect to get a bountiful data bonus on most of these plans.

If you have data and need to gift your friend or family, these practical steps below will guide you

However, you must note that the MTN data gifting service can only work when you are transferring data from your active data plan to another MTN line.

You can’t share data from one MTN line to another network, only MTN to MTN.



1. Using New MTN Share USSD Code

The use of a USSD code is one of the easy and simple ways to share data on MTN.

You can use it both on smartphones and basic phones with or without an internet connection

This method can also be used to buy a friend’s data or even request data from your friend as shown below

Options to share data on mtn

The use of USSD code actually involves dialing a code and afterward, following the prompt action

But always check your data balance first and ensure you have enough before you gift somebody or else, it will not work


How To Share Data On MTN Using USSD Code

  • Dial the new share data code *321# on your phone
  • Select option 1 i.e to transfer from the data balance
  • Enter the recipient’s phone number. 
  • Select the amount of data to send.
  • Confirm transaction.


2. Using SMS

The use of sms is another cool way to transfer data between one MTN and the other

It involves texting a message to MTN

Please always ensure you are sharing with another MTN number, else, it will not work

You can learn how to check or confirm an MTN Number here

How To Share MTN Data Using SMS

  • Pick up your phone, basic or smart
  • Open your message app.
  • Type “Transfer” followed by the friend’s number and data amount as shown in this example “Transfer 08030300000 50″.
  • Send the message to 131.
  • You will receive a confirmation message if your data transfer is successful.


3. Using The MTN App

MTN App data share

As an MTN loyal customer, it is worth having a dedicated MTN App.

You can do so many things with the App including share of airtime & sharing of data

How To Use MTN App To Share MTN Data

  • Login to your MyMTN mobile app. If you don’t have the app, you can download one
  • Use your phone number to log in  
  • On the app, click on the “Share” option – which can be found when you click the “+” button or the more option 
  • You will be shown data and airtime sharing options. Select  “Data”
  • Select “New Number” and enter the person’s MTN number
  • Select data amount: 50MB; 100MB, 200MB, or 500MB – Maximum is 500MB per transaction but you can do that twice a day
  • Click on share.
  • Select “Proceed” to go ahead


4. Subscribe To MTN Family Pack Bundles

MTN family package

This service gives you the option of adding up to 5 beneficiaries to use from your data balance any day, any time

In other words, the family pack bundles allow you to share your data balance without having to always dial code, SMS, or use the Mtnapp to share data with your loved ones.

You also don’t need to be in the same location to enjoy this service

To get started, dial the USSD code and follow the instructions *131*1*7# 

To get started, you will need to dial the code *131*1*7#  and  buy a family data package after that, dial the same code to add up to five beneficiaries

You can subscribe to MTN Family Pack via the following channels:

  •         USSD code: By dialing *131*1*7# and selecting your preferred plan
  •         SMS: By sending the bundle plan keyword to 131. (See table 101 below for keywords)


Table 101

PlanPrice (N)Data PlansValidity PeriodActivationOpt –in for Auto-renewal CodeOpt –out of Auto-renewal Code
Data AllowanceTime of Use(SMS to 131)(USSD)SMS (R Code 131)SMS (No Code 131)
Monthly5,00020GBAll day30 Days21*131*21#R21NO21
10,00040GBAll day30 Days22*131*22#R22NO22
15,00075GBAll day30 Days23*131*23#R23NO23
20,000120GBAll day30 Days24*131*24#R24NO24
30,000200GBAll day30 Days26*131*26#R26NO26
3-Months50,000400GBAll day90 Days27*131*27#R27NO27
75,000600GBAll day90 Days28*131*28#R28NO28
Top-up Plan1,0004GBAll dayNA16*131*16#NANA
3,00014GBAll dayNA18*131*18#NANA


Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I transfer MTN data to another number?

You can’t transfer MTN data to another network, only MTN to MTN is accepted


How can I share MTN data without the app?

You can easily share MTN data without an app or any smartphone by dialing the code *131*7# on your phone 


How do I transfer data to another number?

You can only buy data for any other network you can’t transfer data from one network to another e.g. MTN to MTN; MTN data to another network is not allowed.


How do I share MTN data with the USSD code?

You can transfer data to friends and family by dialing the code *131*7# and then following the prompt response


How to request data from a friend

As an MTN user, you can now request data from your special friend or family by dialing the code *131*7*3# or by simply using the MTN app


How to buy data for a friend

You can buy a specific data bundle for a friend or family and will be charged for your airtime. Dial *131*7*2# then follow the prompt or use the MTN App


How to view MTN data pending requests

To check all your existing requests. Simply dial *131*7*4#.


Will I require a PIN to use MTN’s Gift Data service?

No, you only need to enter your beneficiary’s phone number and choose a data plan to use the service.


What amount of data can I transfer at a time?

The amount of data you can transfer at a time is 50MB, 100MB, 200MB, and 500 MB. However, you can transfer up to 1GB a day but must ensure you have at least 50MB in your data balance after every transfer for your transfer to be successful.


How many times can I transfer data in a day?

The maximum number of times you can transfer is twice daily. However, the cumulative amount you can transfer at a given time and in a day is 1GB.


How many times can I buy data for my loved ones?

You can buy any data plan multiple times for your beneficiary as long as you have sufficient credit in your line.


How many times can I send a request for data?

You will be able to send a request for data at most 5 times a day, but you shall be able to receive data requests multiple times.


Will I be able to receive requests for data if I am having active DND service?

You will not receive data requests if you have Full DND active on your line.


What are the types of bundles I can gift a friend?

You will be able to buy Access, Social bundles, and Video Streaming Packs for another customer, while you can only transfer data from your daily, weekly, and monthly Access bundle plans to another customer.


How long can I have a pending data request?

A request will be active for 48 hours on your view pending request menu and you will be able to see only the 10 most recent ones if you have multiples.


Can data be transferred to me if I am still having sufficient data in my line?

Yes, but the data you received will deplete first before your active data bundle.


If I have multiple data bundles active and received a data gift, which bundle will deplete first?

If someone buys data for you with multiple data bundles active on your line, the data bundle with the least validity will be used first. Example: If you have an active 30-day bundle plan and received a gift of the 1-day plan, the 1-day plan will be used first before the 30-day plan.  


Can I enjoy bonus offers on the data bundle I am gifted with?

You will only be able to enjoy a bonus on the bundle that is bought for you if you are eligible for the offers, but you will NOT be able to enjoy a bonus on data that is transferred to you.


Will I be charged an additional cost for using MTN’s Gift Data service?

No, you will only be charged the price of the data plan if you are buying for a friend.


Will my gifted data auto-renew on the day of the expiry?

You will only be able to auto-renew the bundle that was bought for you by sending the opt-in keyword to 131, but the bundle that was transferred to you will not auto-renew and will be valid till the expiry date.


Will I be able to roll over my unused gifted data bundle?

You will be able to roll over any unused main data bundle that is bought for you as long as you buy or receive another bundle before the current bundle expires or within the allowed grace period after the bundle expires, but you will NOT be able rollover any unused data bonus and data that is transferred to you.


Will I be able to set MTN’s Gift Data service to automatically gift beneficiaries data bundles?

No, you can only gift your loved ones a data bundle by accessing the service yourself.


How do I check the balance of my gifted bundle?

You will be able to check your data bundle balance  via the following channels:

  •     SMS: Texting 2 to 131
  •     USSD: dialing *131*4#
  •     myMTN App


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There is no denying the fact that we all love to surf the net and data is the bloodline to do so.

However, due to the sophisticated smartphones and apps, we use these days, data can get exhausted very fast.

You might be the one in need or it might be your friend.

Whichever way, you can share your data with your friend using any of the methods above or request a friend to send you the data.

However, if you don’t want to go about transferring data all the time to friends and family, you can simply add them to a family package. This way, you all share the same data irrespective of the location



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