You can now easily gift data to your loved ones’ on the MTN network. The Gift Data service from MTN allows you to transfer data from your active data balance to your friends and family, buy data for them, and also request data from them if you are low on data. The service is available to all customers on the MTN network, both prepaid and postpaid.

How To Gift Data On MTN

The service is available via USSD, SMS and on MyMTN app.


To use the service via USSD, dial *131*7# on your phone. You will be presented with the following options;

  1. Transfer from Data Balance
  2. Buy for a Friend
  3. Request from a Friend
  4. View Pending Request

Select the option that corresponds to what you want to do by entering the number in the text box provided at the bottom of the page and click on SEND. For example, if you want to buy data for a friend, enter 2 in the text box and click on SEND. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the rest of the steps.

You can use also the following direct codes to carry out transactions on the MTN Gift Data service.

To Transfer data, dial *131*Phone number*Data amount#

To Buy data for a friend, dial *131*Bundle Activation Code* Beneficiary’s Phone number#

To Request data from a friend, dial *131*7*3#

To view Pending Request, dial *131*7*4#


To use the service via SMS, send the SMS keyword to 131. If you want to buy data for a friend using the SMS option, text “Transfer (leave space) Phone number (leave space) Data amount” to 131.



On the MyMTN app, you can share data with your friends. Open the app if you already have it or download and register if you are new to the app. After opening the app, click on Bundle located at the bottom of your screen. There are several options listed on the new page. The Share Data option is located at the bottom of the screen, to the right. Click on it and you will be taken to another page. On the new page, you will be requested to select the amount of data you want to share and also to enter the recipient’s phone number.

That is how to gift data on MTN network in Nigeria. Note that you can only gift data to fellow MTN subscribers using this service. Also, you can gift data from your daily, weekly, and monthly data plans but cannot gift data from an XtraValue bundle.

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