MTN is the largest telecoms network in Nigeria and has one of the best internet quality of service nationwide as well as affordable data plans. MTN has data plans for everyone, whether you need data for just a day or you need many gigabytes.
In considering which MTN data plan to buy, you need to determine what you want to use the data for, how much data it will consume, how long you want to use it for and how much you are willing to spend.
MTN has daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly data plans just like other networks in Nigeria. This article contains the list of the latest MTN data plans in Nigeria in 2021 and how to subscribe for them.
MTN also offers Pay as You Go browsing for 5 kobo per kilobyte which is quite expensive in the long run but effective if you don’t want to buy a data bundle but want to browse a few things online. MTN offers 4G LTE connectivity in selected areas so you can enjoy super fast internet if you have a 4G enabled phone
MTN Data Plan Codes
MTN has just nine data plans currently making it quite easy to choose from, their weekend and night browsing plans have been stopped for now.
These are the codes for all MTN data plans in 2021, to get information about the different data plans you can also dial *131*1# and follow the instructions.
MTN 100 Naira Data Plan
This is the lowest and cheapest MTN data plan, it offers 75 Megabytes of data for 100 Naira only, it has a 24 hour validity period and the code to subscribe is by texting 104 to 131. This plan is suitable if you want to test the internet network strength in your area before buying a more expensive long lasting plan or if you need to browse immediately and don’t have much money.
MTN 200 Naira Data Plan
MTN offers another daily data plan worth 200 Naira for 200MB, it is only valid for 2 days from the time of purchase, to subscribe simply load 200 Naira MTN airtime and text 113 to 131.
MTN 300 Naira 350MB Data Plan
The MTN 300 Naira data plan offers 350 MB data and it has a validity period of 7 Days, 24 hours daily, to subscribe text 102 to 131. This plan is useful if you are a light data user and need it to last longer than a day.
MTN 500 Naira Data Plan
With 500 Naira, MTN will provide you with 1GB of data valid for 7 days, 24 hours daily, to subscribe text 142 to 131.
MTN 1000 Naira 1.5GB Data Plan
The MTN 1000 Naira data bundle is probably the most popular; it offers 1.5GB of data which is suitable for most average internet users, it is valid for 30 days, 24 hours daily. You can subscribe to the MTN 1000 Naira data plan by texting 106 to 131.
MTN 1200 Naira Data Plan
MTN offers 2GB of data for 1200 Naira, this is better than the 1,000 Naira MTN data bundle because for just 200 Naira extra, you get 500MB extra data. It has a 30 day, 24 hours daily validity period, to subscribe, text 130 to 131
MTN also offers 3GB data for 1,500 Naira, text 131 to 131 to subscribe, valid for 30 days.
MTN 2000 Naira Data Plan
MTN 2000 Naira data bundle offers 4.5GB of data with a validity period of 30 days available 24 hours daily. To subscribe for MTN 200 Naira data plan, text 110 to 131.
MTN 3500 Naira 10GB Data Plan
MTN offers 10GB of data for 3500 Naira for heavy data users, it is valid for 30 days, 24 hours daily. To subscribe for the MTN 10GB plan, text 107 to 131.
MTN 5000 Naira 15GB Data Plan
With 5,000 Naira, you can get 15GB of data on the MTN network, valid for 30 days at all hours of the day. To subscribe for the 15GB MTN data plan, text 116 to 131.
This plan is effective for browsing on personal computers and tablets.
MTN 10,000 Naira 40GB Data Plan
With the 40GB MTN data plan, you can easily create a hotspot which family and friends can connect to for easy browsing at a reduced price. It costs 10,000 Naira and is valid 24/7, 30 days, to subscribe text 117 to 131.
MTN 20,000 Naira 110GB Data Plan
This plan is for heavy users such as a large family or a small to medium sized company. It offers 110 Gigabytes of data for 20,000 Naira valid for 30 days, 24/7. To subscribe for the MTN 50GB data plan, text 149 to 131.
MTN 50,000 Naira 150GB Data Plan
This is one of the most expensive MTN data plans, it offers 150GB of data valid for 90 days, available 24/7 at 50,000 Naira. To subscribe for the 150GB MTN data bundle, text 133 to 131.
MTN Data Plans for Android & iPhone
In the past, MTN used to have separate data plans for Android, iPhone, Blackberry and other devices but currently, all MTN data plans have been merged into one group therefore any data plan will work for any device except older blackberry handsets. Use any of the data codes above for your iPhone, Android or other smartphones and it will work perfectly fine.
How to Buy MTN Data
To buy MTN data, follow these steps:
- Make sure your MTN line is in your phone and is active
- Recharge your MTN line with the amount you need for your preferred data plan
- Dial the code or send the SMS for the data plan you want using the codes above
- A screen will appear asking you to confirm your purchase
- Type 1 for Yes and click OK
- You will receive a message saying your purchase is successful and the amount of data you bought
Note that if you are using a dual SIM Android phone, you will have to check your SIM settings in the Settings menu to make sure that MTN is set as the preferred network for browsing because only one network can be set to browse at a time.
Also check the cellular network settings to ensure that the preferred network type is what you want it to be whether 3G only, 2G only, 3G & 2G or 4G.
Also note that it is better to buy a more expensive data plan with more data allowance that will last longer than to buy a cheaper data bundle that will cost you more over the same period because you buy it multiple times.
After buying your MTN data, it is best you do the following to reduce data consumption on your device
- Restrict background data on your apps: Go to Settings on your phone and restrict apps from using your data while they are inactive, this will go a long way in saving your data because apps like Facebook, Instagram & Snapchat tend to consume a lot of data in the background.
- Stop auto update of apps: Some apps have annoying auto update settings that can finish your data in minutes especially if you have very good network, stop auto updates in settings and your data will last longer.
- Use browsers like Opera Mini and UC browser which compress data: Using this types of browsers can reduce your browsing data consumption by up to half, try them today.
How to Activate Internet Browsing on MTN
To browse with MTN, you need a phone with internet connectivity, a modem or router to use with a personal computer or tablet. You can also connect your MTN data to your computer by setting up and connecting to your phone’s USB or Wi-Fi hotspot.
These days, once you put your SIM card in your phone, you automatically get internet settings to enable you browse but in case you don’t get it automatically, here is how you can get it:
Send a text containing SETTINGS to 3888 to get the automatic configuration file, it is free of charge, save the settings immediately you get it and you’re good to go.
To get it manually, use these settings.
Account name: MTN GPRS
Access point name (APN): web.gprs.mtnnigeria.net
IP Address: 10.199.212.2
Port: 8080 (for HTML) or 9201 (for WAP)
Use Port: 8080 except your phone supports only WAP, all Android smartphones should use 8080.
You can also buy a MTN 3.5G Fastlink modem for 5,000 Naira or portable Mi-Fi router for 21,000 Naira which supports up to 5 devices simultaneously.
MTN Data Plan FAQs
- Who can subscribe to MTN Data Plans?
All MTN Customers can subscribe to all MTN data plans.
- How to cancel auto-renewal?
You can cancel auto-renewal on any MTN data plan anytime by sending “opt-out” to 131.
- How to check MTN Data Plan balance?
To check your MTN data bundle balance, text 2 to 131 or dial *131*4# for main data balance or *559*63# for data bonus balance.
- Can you buy 2 or more MTN Data bundles at the same time?
Yes, you can, each one will have a unique expiry date and your data balance will be the sum of both plans, the one with the nearest expiry date will be used up first.
- How to Borrow Data on MTN?
Dial *606# and follow the on screen instructions to borrow data, terms and conditions apply.
- Can you rollover your unused data bundle?
Yes, you can roll over all unused data bundles so far you buy another bundle before the current one expires, unused bonus data, however, cannot be rolled over.
- Can you share your MTN Data bundle?
No, MTN data bundles cannot be shared currently.
- How to opt-in for Pay As You Go browsing?
To opt-in for PAYG browsing, dial *131*200# or send RESET to 131, you will be charged at 3 Naira per MB. To opt out of MTN PAYG, dial *131*201# or send SUSPEND to 131.