How To Borrow Data From Mtn, Airtel, Glo And 9mobile
How To Borrow Data From Mtn, Airtel, Glo And 9mobile

How To Borrow Data From Mtn, Airtel, Glo And 9mobile

Browsing the internet or using data-heavy applications without sufficient data balance can be frustrating. This is where borrowing data comes in handy. The major telecom networks in Nigeria such as MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9Mobile allow prepaid subscribers to borrow small amounts of data when they run out. In this article, we provide a comprehensive guide on how to borrow data from these networks.


Data Plan Options

Here are some of the standard data bundle options offered by the networks for borrowing:

Network                                  Data Bundle                             Amount

MTN                                        30MB                                       110

MTN                                       100MB                                     220

MTN                                        750MB                                     550

Glo                                           200MB                                     200

Glo                                           1.6GB                                       1000

9Mobile                                   Purchase any available plan     Varies


Requirements for Borrowing Data

Before being able to borrow data, there are certain requirements that must be met. These include:

For MTN, Airtel and Glo:

Your SIM must be registered with your full names and address

You must have been an active subscriber on the network for at least 3 months

Your average monthly recharge amount must be at least ₦200 for the past 3 months

You must have between ₦0-₦75 airtime balance in your main account

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For 9Mobile

Your SIM must be registered with BVN

You must have recharged with at least ₦500 in the past month

Your account must be in good standing without any defaults



To borrow data on MTN, follow these simple steps:

Dial *312# on your MTN phone

Choose your preferred data bundle from the options displayed such as 30MB for ₦110

Confirm the transaction by following the on-screen prompts

Alternatively, you can dial 303 or 606 and select your language, then “XtraByte” to browse the available bundles. The data will expire within 24-48 hours depending on the plan.



Airtel currently does not have a data borrowing option. However, you can borrow airtime and use it to purchase a data plan:

Dial *303#

Select option “3” to borrow airtime

Choose the airtime amount you want such as ₦100

The airtime will be credited instantly for you to purchase a data plan



To borrow data on Glo, follow these steps:

Dial *303#

Select option “2” for “Borrow Me Unused Data”

Choose your desired data bundle from the options shown

Examples include 200MB for ₦200 or 1.6GB for ₦1000

Confirm the transaction

The USSD code *777# can also be used by selecting option 6 for “Borrow Me Data”.



9Mobile currently only allows borrowing of airtime which can then be used to purchase a data bundle.

Dial *303#

Select the “Easy Credit” option

Choose your preferred airtime amount like ₦100

The airtime will be added for you to buy a data plan

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Terms and Conditions

When borrowing data or airtime, note that

An average 15% service charge is applied by the networks

The borrowed amount must be repaid in full upon your next recharge

If you default on payment, your number may be barred from further borrowing

Data plans have validity periods usually between 24 hours to a week

You can check your eligibility by dialing the USSD codes


Frequently Asked Questions

How much data can I borrow?

The amount varies based on your recharge and account history but ranges from as low as 30MB to highs of 1.6GB depending on the network

Is there a limit on how many times I can borrow?

While there is no predefined limit, networks may suspend your number if you default on repayments multiple times.

 What happens if I don’t use the borrowed data fully?

Even if you don’t exhaust the full data bundle before expiration, you will still need to repay the stated airtime value for the package in full at your next recharge.



Borrowing small amounts of data from MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9Mobile can help tide you over in emergencies when your data balance drops to zero. Following the simple steps above, you can easily borrow data, use it as needed and repay later with your next recharge without disruptions. Just be sure to clear the repayment on time to continue enjoying the service.


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