How To Transfer Data On MTN Between Users (GUIDE)

MTN is one of the best mobile network providers in South Africa and the whole of the African continent. With MTN data available on your phone, you can browse and surf through the internet, watch movies online, chat with your friends on social media, and do many fun activities.

However, there are times when, while we are at the climax of watching our favorite show on Netflix or downloading a song from our favorite artist, all of a sudden, an annoying text message pops up saying we have already used up all of our data. Thankfully, for MTN users, you can ask your friends or colleagues to transfer data to you. But, of course, your colleagues must know how to do that.

The process of transferring data is very easy and can be done in just a few seconds without cracking some nerves, and we'll tackle that in this article.

Ways To Transfer MTN Data

Here are the steps on how you can share or transfer MTN data:

  • The first step would be to ensure you have enough data on your sim available for a transfer. But if you don’t have enough balance, you can buy bundles by dialing *136*2*163#.
  • The next step would be to activate the MTN data sharing service. To do that, dial *136*5#.
  • Then click ‘Managing Data Balance.'
  • After that, a four-digit code will be sent to you, and when asked for a password, you can input 0000 or change the PIN.
  • However, if you are not on the MTN contract, you can dial 135 to access this service.

Services available for this transfer can be accessed by MTN PayAsYouGo, MTNChoice, MTN Classic, and MTN Flexi users.

Other Ways

Option 1 - MTN Me2U

An MTN Me2U transfer is available for transferring internet bundles by dialing *136*3# and following the prompts. Moreover, this is only possible between MTN users, just like any other option, and be sure to check the recipient’s number as your balance cannot be refunded if you input an incorrect number.

Option 2 - MTN App

Another option would be by downloading the MTN app, installing it, and then registering your phone number. Navigate through the app and select the ‘Share Data’ option.

Data Bundles You Can Transfer On MTN

There are shareable and non-shareable data bundles available on MTN. If you want to share data bundles, make sure that the data bundles you subscribe to can be shared. The shareable MTN data bundles are the following:

  • Prepaid Monthly Data Bundles
  • Postpaid Monthly Data Bundles
  • Postpaid Anytime Data Bundles

On the other hand, non-shareable data bundles are the following:

  • Streaming
  • Day Express
  • Night Express
  • Hourly Data Plans
  • Weekly Data Plans
  • Fortnightly Data Plans

Important Things To Remember

Before plunging in, there are some things you need to remember that might be crucial to your data sharing. Those are the following:

  • You can only share data bundles with 20 MTN users.
  • You can delink and relink numbers by dialing *136*5# to activate MTN DataShare.
  • You are not charged for anything every time you share your data with others.
  • You will no longer access the data when the account holder has used up all the data bundles. However, you can only do so once the account holder buys another data bundle. One good thing about MTN is that there are no charges for out-of-bundle situations.
  • You cannot share MTN data with non-MTN users.
  • The MTN DataShare bucket depletes first before your data in case you have available data on your own.


If you are in a situation where you have run out of data, the MTN DataShare is always available for use as long as the data holder has enough data to spare. Aside from that, there are no hidden fees, and it can be done in many ways--an excellent service brought to you by MTN.