You can transfer your airtime balance or another number’s unused airtime to another MTN customer. There are different ways to do this, depending on the situation of the caller. When you want to send someone else’s unused minutes, you’ll need to follow a different process than when you want to receive their unused minutes.
In this article we will look at how you can transfer airtime balance from one phone to another. The process is slightly different for transferring from one SIM card to another and vice versa.
If you have multiple SIM cards with MTN and would like to move some of your airtime balance between them, then keep reading…
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How to Transfer Airtime on MTN in Nigeria
MTN is one of the largest network providers in Nigeria with an impressive subscriber base of over 49 million users. As such, it’s not uncommon to find people with multiple MTN numbers as they often switch between SIMs depending on their needs. However, switching SIMs and transferring airtime is not always straightforward – there are a number of factors to take into consideration. If you’ve got two MTN numbers that you’re ready to unify and transfer airtime from, we have all the information you need below!
Which MTN SIM should I use to transfer the airtime?
There are a few things that you should consider to determine which SIM you should use to make the airtime transfer. The first factor is whether you have 2 different numbers from the same plan/network. Say, if you have a SIM with an Unlimited Data plan and another SIM with a Lite plan, you may not be able to transfer airtime between the two SIMs. You’re better off using the SIM with the Unlimited Data plan to transfer the airtime to your Lite plan SIM. The second thing is whether you have 2 SIMs on the same network or 2 SIMs on different networks. If you have 2 numbers on the same network, you can only transfer airtime between the two numbers through the MyMTN app. However, if you have 2 SIMs on 2 different networks, you can transfer airtime between the two numbers by dialing the *121*4# command. The last thing to be aware of is that you can’t transfer airtime from one prepaid number to another prepaid number. Only postpaid numbers can be used in the Airtime Transfer feature; this means you must have an active data/voice/video subscription on your SIM.
How to transfer airtime from MTN to another number
For the most part, transferring airtime is extremely straightforward. To transfer airtime from one number to another, you must first ensure that you have sufficient funds in your account to cover the cost of the transfer. If you don’t have the funds, you won’t be able to initiate a transaction. Once you’ve checked your account balance, you can proceed to the next step. In your MyMTN app, select the “Airtime Transfer” option from the menu. Select the account from which you want to transfer airtime i.e. the account from which you want to take the airtime. Then select the number that you want to transfer the airtime to. Now, confirm the amount of airtime that you want to transfer to the selected number. Once you’ve confirmed the transaction, you’ll get a confirmation message. From this point onwards, the transaction is irreversible and can’t be cancelled. Your selected number will receive the transferred amount within 24 hours.
How can I know if my SIM supports Airtime Transfer?
There are a few ways that you can determine if your MTN SIM supports Airtime Transfer. Firstly, it’s always good to consult your SIM card’s User Guide as it’s a great way to familiarize yourself with your SIM’s features and limitations. If you don’t have your SIM’s User Guide, you can also visit your nearest MTN store and ask them to check your SIM’s features. Alternatively, you can also dial *121*2# to check your SIM’s features. If you see the “Airtime Transfer” feature in your list, then your SIM supports the feature.
What are the requirements for Airtime Transfer on MTN?
Assuming that you’ve confirmed that your SIM supports Airtime Transfer, you’ll be happy to know that there are a significantly low number of requirements needed to transfer airtime. The first and most important requirement is a positive account balance – you cannot initiate an airtime transfer if there’s not enough funds in your account to cover the cost of the transfer. Next, both the SIM that’s initiating the transfer (i.e. the SIM that’s transferring the airtime) and the receiving SIM must be active for at least 30 days. The last and final requirement is that the two SIMs need to be on the same network.
How to check if your SIM supports Airtime Transfer?
As mentioned above, you can dial *121*2# to check whether your SIM supports the Airtime Transfer feature. If it does, you’ll see “Airtime Transfer” displayed on your screen. If it doesn’t, you’ll see other details about your SIM and network.
Which number should you transfer first?
This is something that you’ll have to decide for yourself based on your individual circumstances, but we can give you some reasons why you may want to transfer airtime from one number to another. For example, if you have a postpaid SIM with a large amount of airtime but a prepaid SIM with a small amount, you can transfer the smaller amount of airtime to your postpaid SIM. This way, you make use of both your SIMs and don’t let any airtime go to waste. Alternatively, you can also use the feature to unify two numbers that belong to the same person i.e. if you have 2 SIMs in your name but are using the numbers from different networks, you can transfer the airtime from one number to the other. Whatever your reasoning is, you can go about the transfer in 2 ways – either you select the “Transfer Airtime” option in the MyMTN menu and select the numbers to transfer or you can dial *121*4# to transfer the airtime between the two numbers.
Can you cancel an Airtime Transfer operation?
Unfortunately, once you’ve initiated an Airtime Transfer operation, it’s an irreversible process and you can’t cancel it. However, you can always use the feature again to transfer airtime between the same numbers or even between different numbers.
Airtime Transfer is a great feature that allows you to easily and effortlessly transfer airtime between your different SIMs. It’s a straightforward process too, so there’s no real reason to avoid it. As long as you have sufficient funds in your account and the two numbers are active, you can transfer airtime between the two at any time. However, it’s always good to keep in mind that once an Airtime Transfer operation has been initiated, it’s an irreversible process and you can’t cancel it.