How to Transfer or Send Airtime to an MTN Number and the Codes To Use

There is certainly something about MTN that makes it the largest network provider in Africa, and the ninth-largest network provider in the world. People will always choose a network that gives them good offers, customer service, as well as the best internet connection, and all of these is what MTN is known for. Despite being on top of the game, they are not relenting.

MTN has made it possible for users to share or send airtime to their loved ones, and what makes the service more interesting is how easy it is. By using the good old USSD codes method, in no time, your friends will be calling or texting to say thank you. So, if you want to be of help to your friends by transferring airtime to them, you should absolutely keep reading to know how well to go about it.

You Can Transfer Airtime From Your MTN Number To Another (Me2U)

Transferring airtime from your number to another MTN user is a very easy process and both smartphone and non-smartphone users can perform this service. Here is how to go about it:

  • Open your phone dialer.
  • Dial *136*3#.
  • Select transfer airtime.
  • Input the amount.
  • Input the recipient number.

Send MTN Airtime

Alternatively, you can:

  • Dial 141 and
  • follow the voice prompt to transfer airtime.

The exact amount you choose will be credited to the recipient’s number you provided and deducted from your airtime balance. Aside from this, you will not be charged any other fee, because the transfer service is free.

The basic information you will need for transferring airtime aside from the USSD code is the recipient’s number. If you enter the wrong number, you will have to bear the loss.

What You Need To Know About Transferring Airtime

The different kinds of MTN users have different terms and conditions attached to Me2u airtime transfers. It is important for all users to know and understand the terms and conditions attached to their SIM type before attempting to transfer airtime.

MTN Contract Customers

Unlike other types of customers, contract subscribers will need to call the MTN service provider to register for the MTN Me2u service. During the registration, you will choose a monthly transfer limit for yourself. Here are the different options:

  • R25
  • R50
  • R100
  • R300
  • R500
  • R1,000

After each transfer, you will receive an SMS containing the transfer details, and the amount of Me2U limit still available for you. The amount you transfer will not be deducted from your bundles.

MTN PayAsYouGo Customers

PayAsYouGo customers do not need to register to use the Me2U service. You can outrightly use your SIM to transfer airtime – from R2 and above.

Your transfer must be in whole number (i.e. 2, 3, 4,…….10…), and users have a daily transfer limit of R1,000 and a monthly limit of R10,000. Just be sure to have sufficient airtime before making transfers.

After each transfer, you will receive an SMS that contains details of your transfer and your current airtime balance. You are not allowed to transfer airtime gotten from promotions like bonuses.

MTN Hybrid Customers (Anytime TopUp and Off-Peak TopUp)

Hybrid customers do not have to register to use this service. These users cannot transfer airtime from their anytime TopUp, or airtime from promotions. It must be prepaid airtime.

Just like PayAsYouGo customers, hybrid customers also have a daily limit of R1,000 and a monthly R10,000. After a successful transfer, they will also receive an SMS containing transfer details and your remaining balance.

See also
Telkom APN Settings, Internet and Other Network Settings

Packages Not Eligible To Transfer Airtime

  • Xpress Message
  • SMS only
  • MyChoice TopUp
  • ProData
  • Extended data packages

Me2U service is also not available for MTN roaming customers.

You Can Also Buy Airtime For Other MTN Users (Me4U)

Send MTN Airtime

Instead of sending yours to others, you can as well buy airtime for them directly. Most of the ways used for buying airtime on MTN also allow you to purchase for other users.

Just like with airtime transfer, you should always remember that entering the wrong number will be a loss on your end because recharges are not refundable.

How to Buy Airtime For Others Using MTN Online Shop

  • Visit
  • Select ‘Recharge/Top-Up’.
  • Click on ‘Airtime.’
  • Enter the amount of airtime you want to purchase.
  • Select the ‘Confirm’ button.
  • Enter the cellphone number you will like to purchase the airtime from.
  • Click on ‘Confirm’.
  • Go on with making payment for the airtime using your debit or credit card.

How To Buy Airtime For Others Using ATM

  • Insert your card into the ATM.
  • Input your pin.
  • Select ‘Airtime’.
  • Enter the recipient’s number.
  • Choose an amount.
  • The airtime will be credited to the line almost immediately.

How To Buy Airtime For Others On Eazi Recharge

  • Dial *136*10# on your MTN line.
  • Choose ‘Recharge’.
  • Enter the cell phone number of your desired recipient.
  • Enter the amount.
  • Accept terms and conditions.
  • Make payment using your debit or credit card.

You Can Also Send The Pin On A Voucher Card For The Recipient To Load

The moment you load a voucher card, the only way you can transfer the airtime to another person is by using the Me2U. In place of that, you can buy the MTN voucher card, scratch it to unveil the pin, and send the pin as an SMS to the recipient for the recipient to load.

Before throwing the Voucher into the bin, be sure that the recipient has already loaded it, in order to avoid the loss that may arise from sending the wrong pin number. This is also a method for sending airtime to friends and family who are not MTN users – such as Vodacom, Telkom, or Cell-C users – but Me2U and Me4U transfer methods are only possible between MTN users.

Request For Others To Send You Airtime For Free

Send MTN Airtime

An MTN user can also request airtime from other users by sending the ‘Please Send Me Credit’ short SMS. MTN has made this service free to enable users to reach others who may be able to transfer or buy airtime for them. Here is how to send a ‘Please Send Me Credit’ request to other MTN users:

  • Open the dialer on your phone.
  • Dial *136*3#.
  • Follow the prompts to send a free ‘Please Send Me Credit’ request.

You can also:

  • Open the dialer on your mobile phone.
  • Dial *141*6328*(your sponsor’s MTN cellphone number)#.
  • A message will be sent to your sponsor immediately.

As an MTN user, you should totally take advantage of all of these services to be of help to your friends and family. To help non-MTN users, you can make use of the voucher card hack explained above.

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Romeo Ndlovu
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