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MTN Nigeria allows customers to share data from one MTN number to another. This means if you have subscribe to any of the available MTN data plan, you can transfer part of your allocated data to another MTN number.

In the past, it was not possible to share data on MTN. You could only buy data for a friend. Which was known as Data Gifting. But MTN has now introduce an option for transferring data and even requesting for data from other MTN Numbers.

With Data Gifting, buying for a friend is different from sending or transfering data. When buying for a friend, You will pay (with your airtime) for a data plan which will be gifted to the recipient. Whereas with data transfer, you will simply send part of the data you already have to which ever MTN number you wish.

This article contains the code for transfering data on MTN. As well as buying data for a Friend.

How to Transfer Data on MTN

Sharing or sending data from one MTN number to another has never been easier, as an MTN customer, all you have to do is to use this format
*131*RecipientNumber*dataAmount#

Replace RecipientNumber with the MTN number you wish to transfer the data to and dataAmount with the amount of data you want to transfer.

For example, If I want to transfer 50MB to 08135658217, I would dial *131*08135658217*50#.

You can also transfer data by using this method:

  • Dial *131#
  • Select option 7 to select Gifting Data
  • And follow the instructions

After dialing the code, you will receive a confirmation SMS from MTN and the amount of data transfered will be deducted from your main data. The recipient will also receive a message informing them about the data transfer.

While the MTN data transfer is great news, it does come with some restrictions. One of these is that you can only transfer a maximum of 100MB per day.

If you want to share data worth more than 100MB in a single day, then your only option is to use the Buy for a Friend option.

It will interest you to know that the transferred data will have same validity period as the original data.

If you are wondering if there is any restriction on what you can do with the data, then the Answer is No. There are no restrictions. It can be used as a normal data for browsing and downloading on both 3g and 4g devices.


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