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How To Share Data On MTN

How To Share Data On MTN In the event that you have been looking for how to share data on MTN with loved ones, at that point here is the correct article for you!

With MTN Data Offer, endorsers would now be able to move or share their data in Megabytes (MB) and Gigabytes (GB) effectively utilizing only one straightforward USSD code. This administration isn’t data gifting nor is it data recharging. This one is essential for the individuals who have existing data on their MTN SIM and needs to impart it to others. Works simply like MTN broadcast appointment share which permits you to share your broadcast appointment too.

Here are 4 ways to transfer data on MTN with easy:

Method 1: Share Data with MTN Data Gifting

Share data with MTN’s Data Gifting.  MTN Data Gifting service allows you to transfer data from your active data balance to your friends, buy data for friends, and request data from your friends. In essence, you can use the service to send and buy data bundles for your other smart phones, modems and tablets.


All customers on the MTN network can access the Data Gifting service.

How to Share Data on MTN Data Gifting

You can access the service by dialing *131*7# on your phone, visiting myMTN App, sending SMS keyword, or dialing direct short codes for the respective options:

  • Transfer from Data Balance: simply dial *131*Phone number* Data amount# or, text Transfer<space>Phone number<space>Data amount and to 131.
  • Buy for a Friend: simply dial *131*Bundle Activation Code*Beneficiary’s Phone number#
  • Request from a Friend: simply dial *131*7*3#
  • View Pending Request: simply dial *131*7*4#

Here is how to use MTN Data Gifting service in four steps;

  1. Simply dial *123*3#, then reply with 7.
  2. After doing that, you’ll get a list of options to choose from. You can transfer data from your data balance, buy for a friend, or even request data from a friend.
  3. Kindly choose the option you wish to go for.
  4. Enter the friend’s MTN number, then select the amount of data you would like to share with the friend.


MTN Data Share Only Applies To The Plans Listed Below

If you have decided to use the MTN data share service, please bear in mind that you can only use the data plans listed below.

Total Bundle (Data Plan + Data Delight) | Amount | Bundle Code | Validity

  • 250MB + 125MB = 375MB | N1,300 | *109# | 30 Days
  • 500MB + 250MB = 750MB | N2,000 | *110# | 30 Days
  • 1GB + 500MB = 1.5GB | N3,500 | *111# | 30 Days
  • 3GB + 1.5GB = 4.5GB | N6,500 | *129# | 30 Days
  • 5GB + 2.5GB = 7.5GB | N8,000 | *101# | 30 Days



You are required to change the system generated PIN to a new PIN they can easily remember by dialing *131*2*5# or by texting Change OLD PIN NEW PIN to 131. E.g Change 0000 1234 to 13:1. Where 0000 is old PIN and 1234 is your new PIN.

After changing the PIN, you will need to add beneficiaries to your MTN shared Data Bundle account via USSD menu *131*2*3# or by texting Add to 131. You can add up to 5 beneficiaries.


Once you have added beneficiaries, you (the sponsor) will be able to share your available data bundle among the added beneficiaries by sending the keyword Share to 131 or simply dial USSD code *131*2*4#




MTN SME Data Share is a prepaid service that allows business owners to buy data bundles and share with their staff.  This service is specifically designed for growing businesses offering them the ability to centrally manage internet usage per staff across their business.

To use this service, you are required to first migrate to the MTN SME Plus tariff plan by texting 460 to 131.

How to share data with a beneficiary

You can share data with any beneficiary by sending SMS below to 131 as shown in the table below (or dial *461# and follow the prompt):

SMS Format

Data Size

SMEA <PhoneNumber> 250 <PIN> to 131250MB
SMEB <PhoneNumber> 500 <PIN> to 131500MB
SMEC <PhoneNumber> 1000 <PIN> to 1311GB
SMED <PhoneNumber> 2000 <PIN> to 1312GB
SMEE <PhoneNumber> 5000 <PIN> to 1315GB


For example to share 250MB of data with beneficiary using phone number 08031234567 and MTN PIN ‘1234’, then the following is sent as SMS to 131 (or Dial *461# and follow the prompt);
  • SMEA 08031234567 250 1234 = Correct Format!
  • SMEA 08031234567 200 1234 = Wrong Format
  • SMEB 08031234567 200 1234 = Wrong Format
  • SMESHARE 08031234567 200 1234 = Wrong Format

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I require a PIN to use the 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 are 10MB, 50MB, and 100MB. However, you 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 100MB.

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 request multiple times.

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

You will not receive data request if you have Full DND active on your line?

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

You can only buy and transfer data from your daily, weekly, and monthly bundle plans, but, you shall not be able to gift from an XtraValue bundle.

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.

I just purchased a monthly bundle, but I am still having unused data in my daily and weekly bundle balance that will soon expire. Can I transfer the daily and weekly bundles to my friend?

No, you will only be able to transfer from the bundle with the latest validity at any given time and the expiry date will be the same on the beneficiary’s line.

I am having 5MB, 25MB, and 40MB remaining in my daily, weekly, and monthly balance respectively. Will I be able to transfer from my combined data balance to a friend?

No, you will not be able to combine your total balance for any transfer. You will only be able to transfer from the data plan that has sufficient balance.

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 the 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 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?

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

Will I be charged an additional cost for using the 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 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 rollover 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 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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