MTN data gifting: How to transfer data buy data and request data from a friend

MTN Data Gifting Service provides a convenient way for subscribers to share their data with friends and family members on the network. This innovative feature allows users to transfer data bundles from their own accounts to the accounts of recipients, enabling seamless connectivity and communication.

Understanding the service and functionality of MTN Data Gifting is essential for maximizing the benefits it offers and enhancing the overall user experience. subcribers can transfer data, buy data for friends & family, and request for data . WithData Gifting, you can send and buy data bundles for other smartphones, modems, and tablets.

Read: How to share and transfer data to another Glo line

Benefits of Using MTN Data Gifting Service

MTN’s Data Gifting service offers the following benefits:

Flexibility and Sharing

  • Help Out Others: Easily send data to friends, family, or colleagues in need. It’s a quick way to help them out if they’ve run low on their own data plan.
  • Multiple Devices: Share data across your own devices if you have multiple MTN lines.


  • Easy to Use: The process is straightforward with USSD codes, SMS, or potentially using the MTN app.
  • Quick Transactions: Data transfers are typically completed within a short timeframe.

Cost Management

  • Potential Savings: Gifting data might be more cost-effective than having someone repurchase a data plan if their current one is depleted.
  • Control Usage: You can set limits on how much data you share to manage your own data consumption.


  • Stay Connected: Help loved ones or colleagues stay online when their data plan is running low.

Also read: How to change your Glo Transfer PIN for Airtime

Features of MTN Data Gifting Service

Here are the key features of MTN’s Data Gifting service:

  • Data Transfer to MTN Users: The core feature is the ability to transfer data from your own MTN data plan to other MTN users.
  • Multiple Transfer Methods: Use convenient methods like USSD codes, SMS, or potentially the MTN app for data transfers.
  • Data Bundle Options: Choose from a selection of data bundles to send as gifts, depending on your plan and current offers by MTN.
  • Usage Control: You have some control over how much data you share or gift.

How to Transfer MTN Data to Another MTN User

Method 1: Using ussd code

You can now transfer data from your existing data balance to your family & friends. by dialing *312*Phone number*Data amount#


Method 2: Using SMS (Alternative)

1. Open your phone’s messaging app.

2. Compose a new message.

3. Text format: In the message body, type “Transfer <space> Recipient’s Number <space> Data Amount” to 312.

The maximum amount data you can transfer in a day is 5GB.

Method 3 using MTN App

Here’s how to approach using the app:

1.Download or Update the MTN App: Ensure you have the latest version of the MTN app downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
2.Login to your MyMTN mobile app or sign in.
3.On the homepage, select the “Share” option.
4.You will see the option to share data or airtime.
5.Enter the amount of data you want to transfer, and the recipient’s phone number.
6.Select “Proceed.”Once successful the recipient will receive the data

How to Buy Data for a Friend on MTN

Here are the ways to buy data for a friend on MTN Nigeria:

Method 1: Using USSD Code (Quick and Convenient)

  1. Dial *312*Bundle Activation Code*Beneficiary’s Phone number#on your MTN phone.


Method 2: Using the MTN App

  1. Download the MTN App: Get the MTN app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, and log in with your MTN number.
  2. Find Buy Data for a Friend
  3. Enter Details: Enter your friend’s MTN number and select the data plan you want to purchase.
  4. Complete Payment:


How to Request MTN Data from a Friend:

MTN Subcribers can  request data from a special friend by dialing *312*7*3#

Read: How to activate or change MTN transfer PIN



Q: Will I require a PIN to use the MTN’s Gift Data service?

A. No, you only need to enter your beneficiary’s phone number and choose a data plan to use the service.

Q: How many times can I transfer data on MTN in a day

A; You can transfer multiple times daily. However, the cumulative amount you can transfer in a day is 5GB.

Q: How many times can I buy data for my loved ones on MTN?

A. You can buy any data plan multiple times for your beneficiary as long as you have sufficient credit in your line.

Q:What amount of data can I transfer at a time?

A. The amount of data you can transfer at time are 50MB, 100MB, 200MB, 500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 3GB and 5GB. However, you must ensure you have at least 50MB in your data balance after every transfer for your transfer to be successful.

Q: What are the types of MTN data bundle I can gift a friend?

A:. You can only transfer data from your daily, weekly, and monthly access bundle plans. However, you will not be able to transfer data from certain customized / tariff-based data bundles like XtraValue and XtraSpecial bundles.

Q: How do I check my MTN data balance of my gifted bundle?

A: You will be able to check your data bundle balance via the following channels:

1.SMS: Texting 2 to 323
2.USSD: dialing *323*4#
3.myMTN NG App

Q: Can I transfer or buy data for someone who is not on the same network

In Nigeria, you cannot directly transfer data to someone on a different network using the standard features provided by your network provider. Each provider has its own data sharing and gifting options, but these are typically limited to users on the same network.
Meet Ogbeide Frank, popularly known as perere, a blogger who loves writing about finance and Tech. He studied Business administration at the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma and Mobile Communication at Orange College Malaysia .Frank have worked as a banker and consultant in variety of Nigeria agencies


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