How to Share Data on MTN

Here are some easy tips on how to share data on MTN.

Data costs can be pretty overwhelming at times and can be a constant source of holes in our pockets.


While on the other hand friends or family members might have surplus data with very little use for it. Strange, but that is one of the dynamics of life.

Sharing data is a means to bridge this gap. If you have a need for data and you haven’t got the funds for it, you can simply ask a friend, brother, sister, mom or dad, or even colleagues who have enough to share data with you so you’re never left out.

MTN’s gift data service allows you to transfer data from your active data balance to your friends, buy data for friends and family and also request data from your friends. This article seeks to enlighten you on how to share data on MTN and other networks.

Share Data on MTN

There are several ways to share data on MTN. You can share data using the USSD code, SMS option, the MyMTN App, or dialing direct shortcodes for a specific option.

Share Data on MTN (USSD)

1. Dial *131*7# or simply dial *131# and select option 7

2. Select option 1 and click on send to continue.

3. Enter the phone number you want to share the data with.

4. Choose the option that best matches the amount of data you want to be shared.

5. Click on send to complete the process.

Share Data on MTN (SMS)

Send a text message via your MTN line with this format; Transfer the Phone Number, Data Amount and send to 131. For example, type Transfer 0803******* 500 to 131.

Try to confirm the phone number before hitting the send button to avoid transferring data to the wrong number. It happens quite often than you think.

Share Data on MTN via Direct Short Codes

Simply dial *131*Phone number*Data amount#

Share Data on MTN via MyMTN App

Open the app on your phone, search for data, select the transfer option and type in your transfer details. It’s quite easy and should take you less than a minute.

Buy Data for a Friend

You can buy a specific bundle for that special friend, and you’ll be charged for your airtime. Simply dial *131*Bundle Activation Code*Beneficiary’s Phone Number#.

Request Data from a Friend

When you’re out of data and short on funds, you can simply request data from a friend by simply dialing *131*7*3#


A quick recap of what was covered in this article includes learning how to share data, gift data, and request data through SMS, USSD, and mobile apps of the MTN mobile network.

Very little is achievable in today’s world without the internet. The data of the various mobile networks is your window to the internet. Next time you run out of data, you know what to do and how to go about it to get data.

This can also be flipped the otherways in case a loved one is in dire need of data to access the internet. We believe we did justice in outlining in-depth details about the subject matter; if you think so too, please share across all your social media platform.

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