How To Share Data On MTN – MTN Data Bundles: Are you an MTN network user and looking for a guide on how to share data on mtn? If yes, here is a comprehensive and straight to the tutorial on how to gift mtn data to your friends and loved ones.

Recently, a friend asked me to tell him the steps on how to share data on me. At first, I was wondering if that really works. Well, after some mini research, I discovered mtn users can actually share data with their friends.

In today’s post, I wish to share with you thw complete steps for sharing mtn data sub with people you wish to.

Note: you can’t share data with someone not using mtn network. Mtn only allows its users to share data with people in the same network family.

As an mtn data bundle subscriber, you will need to register for data share on mtn before you can start using the service. How to get that done is pretty simple and easy.

How To Share Data On MTN

The process involved in sharing mtn data either MB or GB is pretty simple and easy. You can either do that by using USSD codes or via text messages.

Transfer MTN Data Via USSD Code – Method 1

Our first method of transferring mtn data to a friend or family member is via USSD code *131*7#

All you need to do is to ensure that you have already subscribed for mtn data. You can check your mtn data balance by dialing this code: *131# and the select option 4. Or simply dial *131*4#. Once you do that correctly, you will see your data balance. Try it out now and continue below to see how to transfer or share data on mtn network.

It is also important to note here that you can simply dial *131# and then choose any data bundles you want and can afford to buy if you don’t have any data bundle.

Having said that, let’s get started with how to share data on mtn.

As earlier outlined, to share data on mtn, all you need to do is to dial *131*7#. So follow the below guide to share data bundle with friends and loved ones on mtn.

  1. Turn on your smartphone or any one you are using
  2. Next, type *131*7# and hit on the dial button
  3. Now, you will need to select transfer from data balance. You can do that by enter 1 in the space provided and then click on the send button
  4. Next, you will need to enter the mtn number you wish to share the data. Do that and then click on the send button to continue
  5. On the next page, choose the amount of data you wish to share with the person. You can do that by entering the number that is applicable to your data choice. Click send to continue
  6. Lastly, you will need to confirm the action by entering 1 and then send

If you are eligible to use the mtn feature, the data will be sent successfully and you will in turn receives a message that action has been carried out successfully.

Transfer MTN Data Via USSD Code – Method 2

If on the other hand, due to one reason and the other, you were unable to remember the above ussd code which is *131*7#, while trying to share data on mtn, you can use this other code: *123*3# to get that task done. Here is how to:

  1. Open your mobile phone
  2. Dial *123*3# and send
  3. From the list of options that appears, choose option 7 and click on the send button
  4. On the next page that shows up, choose option one that says: transfer from data balance
  5. enter the mobile number of the person you wish to transfer the data to
  6. select the amount of data you wish to share
  7. Confirm the action and you are done.

Transfer MTN Data Via USSD Code – Method 3

To avoid complexity in data transfer ussd codes, you can simply dial *131# and then select option 7. Once you have done that, you can follow the above steps to transfer data to a friend on mtn.

Those are the steps you need to follow to share data on mtn using ussd code. Now, let’s consider other means of transfering data on mtn other using ussd code.

Or simply dial *131*Phone number* Data amount# on your mobile phone

Like we earlier outlined, every mtn user can transfer data to other users via text messages. This post will show you how to share data on mtn via text messages also.

How To Share Data On MTN Via Text

The steps involved in sharing mtn data via text messages is pretty simple and easy. All you need to do is to turn you mobile phone and then follow the below steps:

  1. Tap on the message option in your phone to continue to the message writing interface
  2. Next, text Transfer Phone number Data amount i.e. Transfer 0706753…. 200
  3. Send to 131

How To Activate MTN Data Sharing Plans

In order to start using Data bundle (MB) sharing on the MTN network, you have to follow the steps given below:-

  • Subscribe to a data bundle plans that supports data transfer/share
  • Dial 1312*1# or SMS REG to 131; to register for MTN MB Share, you will receive a personal security PIN
  • You are required to change the PIN automatically sent to you to one that you can remember easily by dialing *131*25# or by texting Change OLD_PIN NEW_PIN NEW_PIN to 131. E.g Change 0000 1111 1111 to 131. Where 0000 is the old PIN and 1111 is your new PIN.
  • After changing the PIN, you are required to add beneficiaries to your MTN shared Data Bundle account via USSD menu *131*2*2# 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 *13123#.

Data Bundle Plans that support data transfer/share
Here are the data bundle plans that can be shared with friends and colleagues.

S/N Amount Data Cap Activation Code
1 NGN1,000 1.5GB *109#
2 NGN1,200 2GB *110#
3 NGN1,500 3.7GB *111#
4 NGN2,000 4.5GB *129#
5 NGN3,500 10GB *101#
5 NGN5,000 15GB use *131*1# to select
5 NGN10,000 40GB go from *131*1# options
5 NGN15,000 75GB use *131*1#
5 NGN20,000 110GB use *131*1# for it

Buy Mtn Data for a Friend: You can buy a specific bundle for that special friend and you will be charged from your airtime. Simply dial 131Bundle Activation Code*Beneficiary’s Phone number#

Request MTN Data from a Friend: Don’t get stranded or go without Data on your phone, you can now request for data from that Special friend. Simply dial 1317*3#

View Pending MTN DATA Request: To check all your existing requests. Simply dial 1317*4#


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 1314#
myMTN App

That is it on How To Share Data On MTN – MTN Data Bundles.

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