How to Borrow Data on Airtel Network [Full Guide]

In this article, we will be taking an extensive look on how to borrow data from Airtel.

Most times, we run out of data unexpectedly, no thanks to data consuming apps which are the norm these days. This sometimes happens when we don’t keep track of our data usage.

You might just suddenly discover that you have run out of data while using one of your daily favourite social and utility apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and WhatsApp etc.

Frustrating isn’t it?

It’s even more frustrating if you desperately need to buy a new data plan or renew the data plan and you are low on airtime with no means of recharging at that particular point in time.

The good news is that the top telecoms service providers in Nigeria have a way out for us in these dire situations as they have come up with a service that can allow us to borrow data quickly and continue with our activities online.

Airtel is one of the top telecoms service providers in Nigeria that has provided this service as a solution for Airtel subscribers in such situations.

This Airtel service is called “Data Credit” and as an Airtel subscriber, you can easily borrow data as long as you are eligible. More on that coming shortly.

But first, let’s me show you how to borrow data on the Airtel Network which is the main purpose of this article.

How to Borrow Data from Airtel

Requesting for data credits on Airtel is quite easy and straight-forward to borrow data when you run out of airtime.

To borrow data from Airtel, all you need to do make use of the Airtel’s “Data Credit” USSD short code “500” by following the steps below.

  1. On your smartphone device, simply dial *500# to borrow data and follow the on-screen prompt
  2. Next, select option 3 which is “Borrow Data”
  3. Next, select the amount of MB data you will like to borrow from the options available for you.

For reference, 20MB costs ₦50, 75MB costs ₦100, and 200MB costs ₦200.

Please note that the amount of data you will receive is 15% less which is the service charge incurred for borrowing data on Airtel.

For instance, if you request for 200MB worth of data credits, your Airtel data balance will be credited with 180MB data worth ₦180. The remaining 20MB worth ₦20 is the 15% service charge that goes to Airtel for using the service.

How to Check Your Eligibility Status to Borrow Data on Airtel Network

In order to benefit from the Airtel’s “Data Credit” service to be able to borrow data from Airtel, you have to be eligible.

So the first thing you want to do is check your eligibility status using the steps below.

  1. On your smartphone device, simply dial *500# and follow the on-screen prompt
  2. Select option 1 which is “Eligibility and Help”
  3. Select option 1 again which is “For Eligibility”

You will be able to see if you are qualified and also the amount of data credit you are eligible to borrow.

How to Be Eligible To Borrow Data from Airtel

If you are new on the Airtel Network or not-so-frequent user, you might not be eligible to borrow data. So below we have laid down the terms and conditions that you must meet to be eligible to borrow data on Airtel network.

  1. Your Airtel line must be registered and active.
  2. You need to be an active subscriber on the Airtel network for at least 3 months/90 days.
  3. You need to recharge your Airtel line with a minimum of ₦250 every month to be eligible.
  4. You need to clear any outstanding unpaid extra credit you are owing before applying for another one.

If you meet all these conditions, you will be able to borrow data from Airtel without any problems.


The Airtel “Data Credit” service is provided to help you stay connected in stranded situations where you need data and don’t have enough airtime balance to purchase a new data plan.

Although you might not be able to borrow as much data as you need. However, you should be covered until you can renew or subscribe to a new Airtel data plan.

If you are unable to borrow data on your Airtel line, it is because you are not eligible at the moment.

Make sure you are an active Airtel user for at least 3 months and you also recharge your Airtel line frequently. You will be eligible in no time and be able to borrow data when you need it.

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Also read: Airtel data plans in Nigeria 2019 [Full Guide]

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