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How to Share Data on MTN in 2023 [Updated]

Are you looking for how to share data on MTN with your friends and family? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll walk you through 4 different ways to share/transfer data on MTN in 2023.

Subscribers can now conveniently transfer or share data in Megabytes (MB) and Gigabytes (GB) with MTN Data Share by using a single USSD code. This is neither a data giving or data renewal service. This one is primarily for folks who already have data on their MTN SIM and wish to share it with others. It works similarly to MTN airtime share in that you can share your airtime.


MTN data sharing is also known as “data gifting.” MTN Nigeria offers this service, which allows members to share their data (MB) with relatives and friends. MTN subscribers, both prepaid and postpaid, can use the service.

MTN data share is a free service available to all MTN users. However, there is a daily data restriction that you can share, which you will learn about as you continue reading.


Method 1: Using the MTN data transfer code (USSD)

Follow the steps below to to transfer data on MTN via data gifting.

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  • Dial the USSD code *312# on your phone.
  • Select the second option which is “Gift Data” by typing 2 and click on send
  • Now select the first option which is “Transfer from Data Balance” by typing 1.
  • You’ll be prompted to Enter the recipient’s phone number. Enter the MTN number you want to transfer data to and click on send.
  • Now you’ll be prompted to  Select the amount of data you want to share. You’ll see 6 different data options on the page. Select the amount you want transfer by typing the number beside the amount. 
  • After selecting the amount of data you want to send, click on send and confirm your decision.

Upon confirming, the selected amount of data will be transferred to the input number.

Note: To transfer data via MTN data gifting, you must have an active data plan because You can only share data from your own data balance. The maximum amount of data you can share in a day is 2GB. The recipient of the data must be an MTN subscriber.

Method 2: Sharing data on MTN via Short code

You can simply share your MTN data by dialing the USSD code in this format: *321*Recipient’s Number*Data Amount# and confirming the transfer. For instance, if you want to transfer 500MB to 08100066979, just dial *321*08100066979*500#, then confirm the transfer.

Method 3: Sharing Data on  MTN Via SMS

  • Follow the steps below to share data on MTN via SMS:
  • Open on your messaging app
  • Click on start chat of start conversation 
  • Type 312 in the space provided for receiver number.
  • Type this as a message: Transfer <space> receiver’s number <space> Data amount.
  • For instance, if you want to share 500MB of data with the recipient with the number 08100066979, you would type the following message and send it to 312:  Transfer 08100066979 500. 

The recipient will receive an SMS with the details of the data transfer. They will need to accept the transfer in order to receive the data. 

Method 4: Sharing Data on MTN via MyMTN App

The following is a simple step-by-step guide for transferring data on MTN via the myMTN app. Simply follow the steps carefully.

  • Open the myMTN app on your smartphone (if you’re new, download and register).
  • Once logged in, click the “Share” button.
  • Select “Data”
  • Select “New Number”
  • Continue after you have selected or entered the amount of data you want to transfer.
  • To authorize the data transfer, click the “Confirm” button.


Follow the steps below to buy data for a friend on MTN:

  • Dial *321# on your phone
  • Select Option 2: Gift data 
  • You’ll then be prompted to select any data plan you want to buy for a friend. Whether normal data plan or social bundle, it’s your choice to make!
  • Upon selecting the data plan and the amount, select Option 1, to confirm it and click on send.
  • Now enter the recipient number and click on send.
  • Upon confirmation, the recipient’s number will be credited with the amount of data you selected.


MTN SME Data Share is a prepaid service that allows business owners to buy data bundles and share with their staff. The service is specifically designed for growing businesses offering them the ability to centrally manage internet usage per staff across their business.

Here are the steps on how to use MTN SME Data Share:

  • Sign up for the service by texting “468” to 131 or dialing 461211#.
  • Choose a data bundle from the available options.
  • Share the data bundle with your staff by sending an SMS with the following format: SMEE <PhoneNumber> <DataAmount> <PIN> 
  • For example, to share 500MB of data with a beneficiary using phone number 08100066979 and MTN PIN ‘5243’, then the following is sent as SMS to 131 (or Dial *461# and follow the prompt); SMEE 08100066979 500 5243.

The beneficiary will receive a notification that they have received a data share from you. They can then use the data to connect to the internet.


You can share data on MTN to MTN lines, MTN to Airtel, MTN to Glo, 9Mobile, and any other network using this method.

In fact, your recipient does not need a SIM card in their phone to receive and use the data (MB) you shared with them over hotspot.

Follow the steps outlined below:

  • Go to your android phone settings
  • Then go to hotspot and tethering 
  • Click on WiFi Hotspot 
  • Tick turn on hotspot (or personal hotspot) 
  • Once it’s on, your friend can connect to it via his/her wifi and start browsing.


I’m sure you’ve learned how to quickly share data on MTN using different methods such as USSD, SMS, and the mobile app. You can now send data to anyone with an MTN number and share your life with them.

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How do I activate data share on MTN? 

To activate data share on MTN, you can dial *321#.

How do I check my MTN shared data balance? 

To check your MTN shared data balance, you can dial *323# 

For how long is the shared data valid on MTN? 

The shared data is valid for the same period as the original data bundle. For example, if the sender’s subscription expires in 30 days, the data he or she shared with you will likewise expire that day if you do not use it up.

How many MB can I share or gift on MTN in a Day?

You are only limited to 2GB of data to share per day.

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