4 MTN USSD codes the MTN App does better

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As an MTN subscriber, you need to ditch the USSD codes that are a headache to remember and are always changing and move over to using the MTN App for all your needs. Previously to check your MTN balances in South Africa the USSD code used to be *131*4#, but now that code is used as a RICA check. If you are lost and are looking for USSD codes, here are 4 that the MTN App does better:

Screenshot: MTN USSD *136*0# brings up the main menu. Source: MTN USSD codes.
Screenshot: MTN USSD *136*0# brings up the main menu. Source: MTN USSD codes.

The 4 USSD codes the MTN App is better at doing are:

Check MTN Balances

To check your airtime and data balances dial the USSD code: *141#

Check your MTN airtime balance USSD code 141.
Screenshot: Results of MTN airtime balance check with USSD code *141#.

To check all other balances dial the USSD code: *136*1#.

Screenshot: MTN check balance USSD code results
Screenshot: Results of MTN airtime balance check with USSD code *136*1#.

Reply with one of the codes in order to find out your balance for Airtime, Data, Social Media and Blackberry, SMS, Voice, XtraTime, PayAsYouGo, Content/Music, SharedBundles, or YelloBucks.

Using the MTN App the home page immediately shows you comprehensive balances of any airtime or bundles you may have bought. The app shows Airtime, Data, Voice, SMS, and YelloBucks balances. With the below MTN App screenshot image, we are shown the WhatsApp bundle we have bought. With the USSD code, the WhatsApp bundle was not shown. You would have to go into the menus to show that information.

MTN App balance check.
Screenshot: MTN App balance check.

Buying data, minutes, or airtime

To convert your airtime to data dial the USSD code *136*2# to access the MTN USSD Purchase menu. You can also purchase: Voice, Social, Bozza Deals, Go Bozza Data, Everyday Offers, MyTownOffers, Combo Offers, YelloBucks, Pulse, Momo (MTN Money), PAYG, MTN Play, Bok Bundles, and Super Power.

Screenshot: MTN USSD code to convert airtime to data.
Screenshot: MTN USSD code to convert airtime to data. Source: MTN Phone

But, using the MTN app you can get a much cleaner and easier menu, able to buy data or airtime at a glance:

Screenshot: Buying airtime or data using the MTN App.
Screenshot: Buying airtime or data using the MTN App. Source: MTN App.

It is also possible to add your credit card to the MTN App so that you can easily pay for airtime or data right from your bank account. This is very convenient:

Screenshot: Buying airtime or data using the MTN App from your bank account.
Screenshot: Buying airtime or data using the MTN App from your bank account. Source: MTN App.

RICA your new MTN number

To find out your SIM card’s IMEI number dial the USSD code *#06#, and immediately your information will be displayed depending on the type of device you have.

The code previously used to confirm your RICA details was *135*4#, but that service is now unavailable. You can use the USSD code to find out your IMEI number and use that to RICA at your nearest RICA agent:

Find your MTN SIM card's IMEI number with USSD code *#06#.
Screenshot: Find your MTN SIM card’s IMEI number with USSD code *#06#.

You can self-RICA your MTN SIM card on the MTN App:

MTN self RICA on the MTN App
Screenshot: MTN self RICA on the MTN App. Source: MTN App.

Managing MTN subscription services

To check your subscription to premium-rated services, or PRS for short, like callertunes and other services that take money from your airtime, dial the USSD code *155#. The previous USSD code to manage subscription services used to be *136*5# and then option 2, but it has now moved to its own code. The MTN subscription services manager USSD code gives you the following options:

  • View or cancel your subscriptions services
  • Change spending limits
  • Stop third-party messages
  • Block or unblock future charges
  • Get subscription offers from MTN partners
Screenshot: USSD code to manage MTN subscription services.
Screenshot: USSD code to manage MTN subscription services.

The subscription services manager on the MTN App is split up into different sections and is more comprehensive:

  • View subscriptions
  • Manage marketing messages
  • Manage digital content and services

To reach the subscriptions page one will only need to go to their accounts page to view subscriptions and recurring bundles:

Screenshot: View MTN subscriptions.
Screenshot: View MTN subscriptions. Source: MTN App

You can manage digital content services from third-party content providers, and from MTN Play on the MTN App:

Screenshot: Manage MTN digital content on the MTN App.
Screenshot: Manage MTN digital content on the MTN App. Source: MTN App.

You can manage marketing messages about special offers, deals, competitions, and other promotions from MTN and their partners:

Screenshot: Manage marketing messages from MTN. Source: MTN App.

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