How to Share Data on MTN for Freelancers in Nigeria

by op-ed contributor

In today’s digital age, accessing the internet is vital for communication and staying connected. 

Sharing data with friends and family is valuable, especially when you have exhausted your internet plan and need to borrow some data. 

MTN, one of the leading telecommunications companies in Nigeria, offers a “Gift Data” service that allows users to share data with others. 

In this article, we will explain what MTN Gift Data is, how to share data on MTN, how to check your data balance, and how to share MTN data with other network providers such as Glo, Airtel, and 9mobile.

What is MTN Gift Data

MTN Gift Data is a service that allows users to share data with other MTN subscribers. It’s a convenient way to share data with friends and family without needing a hotspot. With MTN Gift Data, you can share data with anyone on the MTN network as long as you have the person’s phone number

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How To Share Data on MTN

Sharing or transferring data is very simple. To share data from your existing data plan, use the following steps:

  1. Dial *131# on your phone’s keypad
  2. Press 6 (Gift Data)
  3. Press 1 (Transfer from data balance)
  4. Enter the recipient’s number
  5. Select the amount of data you want to send (You can send a maximum of 1GB per day)

The first step in transferring MTN data is to dial *131# on your phone’s keypad. 

This will bring up the MTN menu, where you can access various services such as airtime transfer, data bundle purchase, and more.

Once you have accessed the MTN menu, press 6 (Gift Data) to proceed to the next step; this will take you to a sub-menu where you can choose either gift data or transfer data. To transfer data, press 1 (Transfer from data balance).

Next, you will be prompted to enter the recipient’s phone number. Make sure to double-check the number to ensure that you are sending the data to the correct person.

After entering the recipient’s number, you will be prompted to select the amount of data you want to send. You can send a maximum of 1GB daily, so keep that in mind when selecting.

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Once you have selected the amount of data you want to send, the transfer will be processed, and the recipient will receive the data. It’s that simple!

How to share MTN data with Other Networks ( Airtel, Glo, 9mobile)

Sharing data between subscribers on the same mobile networks is common among mobile users. 

However, sending data from MTN to other networks such as Glo, 9mobile, or Airtel is not currently possible. These networks are competitors and do not allow data sharing between them.

This means that if you are an MTN customer and want to share data with someone on a different network, you will need to purchase a separate data bundle for them. 

The same goes for customers of other networks who want to share data with an MTN customer.

It is important to note that this policy is not unique to MTN, as other networks also have similar restrictions. This is because each network wants to maintain its customer base and keep them from switching to other networks.

How to Check Your Data Balance

It’s essential to keep track of your data balance to avoid running out of data. To check your data balance, dial the code *131*4#, or if you prefer SMS, you can send 2 to 131. This will give you information on your remaining data balance and the expiration date of your current data bundle.


MTN Gift Data is a convenient service that allows users to share data with other subscribers. Sharing or transferring data is simple and can be done by dialing *131# and following the prompts.

However, it is essential to note that sharing data between different mobile networks is not currently possible due to restrictions in place by each network to maintain its customer base. 

Also, it is essential to keep track of your data balance by checking it regularly with the code *131*4# or by sending an SMS to 131. 

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Author: Dennis Nwokah

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