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How to Link NIN to Airtel Number

This post is about how to link NIN to Airtel Number. So I will be leading you through simple steps to link NIN to Airtel Number. You need to do this on your old and new SIM cards to avoid blockage of outgoing calls.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria through its Communications Commission issued a directive for all Nigerians to link their NIN to their SIM cards.

The FG gave a timeline and a deadline for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to do this. However, many Nigerians did not comply till the deadline. The NCC had to extend the deadline by several months. Yet, that was not enough for Nigerians to do the needful.

So the government had to follow this extension of deadline by about 8 other extensions before implementing the deadline.

On the final deadline, that is March 31, 2022 opportunity to use SIM cards without linking to NIN was over.

The government gave strict orders to Telecommunication Operators to bar outgoing calls for subscribers who are yet to link their line to NIN.

Therefore, on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria began implementation of the orders.

Consequently, hundreds of thousands of Nigerians who did not link their SIM cards to NIN lost the ability to make outgoing calls with their phones. However, they could still receive calls and send text messages.

How to Link Your NIN to Your Airtel Number

On this article, my focus is to show you how to link your NIN to your Airtel Number. I’m doing this because it’s very important both for old subscribers and those purchasing new SIM cards.

This is to avoid blockage of SIM cards which may result in losses.

In a short while, I will show you the three easy methods you can use to link your NIN to your Airtel sim card. However, I need to first of all be sure that you know how to check your NIN. This is especially for those who can no longer find the printout of their NIN. You can use USSD code to check your NIN on your phone. Here’s how to go about it.

How to check your NIN using USSD code

So if you have already done your NIN registration but can’t remember your NIN, here’s what to do to retrieve it. Please bear in mind that this is strictly for those using Airtel network. You can get your 11-digit NIN at no cost using the steps below.

1. Dial *346# from the phone number associated with your voter’s card, driver’s licence, or BVN registration.

2. Then press 1 to get your NIN.

3. Screenshot the NIN your phone screen before it disappears so that you don’t have to repeat the process.

It’s as simple as that.

Note that before now, the network service providers charge N20 every time you dial *346#. However, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim Pantami recently ordered the removal of the USSD charges. So you can always feel free to check your NIN using USSD code any time you need to.

Guide on How to Link NIN to Airtel Number

You can link your NIN to your Airtel Number using any data-enabled device like mobile phone or laptop.

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There are three available methods to get this done on Airtel network. They include:

  1. Airtel NIN Portal
  2. Airtel NIN code
  3. NIMC MobileID App

I’m now going to show you how to use each of the three methods.

How to Link NIN to Airtel Number Using the Airtel NIN Portal

To use the Airtel NIN Portal to link your NIN to your Airtel line, you need the following. Your Phone Number, National Identity Number and Email address.

When you have all the data ready, follow the simple steps below to link your NIN to your Airtel line.

  1. Open the browser app on your device.
  2. Copy and paste the official Airtel NIN Portal link: on the address bar.
  3. Enter your Airtel number.
  4. Click on submit button.
  5. An OTP will be sent to your Airtel line.
  6. Enter the OTP and click on Proceed to confirm OTP.
  7. Enter your 11-digit NIN.
  8. Check the Terms and Conditions box.
  9. Click on the Proceed Button to finish up.

That’s all there is to it. Once you successfully go through the steps above, your NIN and Airtel line would be linked.

How to Link NIN to Airtel Number Using the Airtel NIN Code

This second method is suitable for those who do not have an Internet-enabled device.

So if you belong to this category, you don’t need to worry. You can also link your NIN to your Airtel line using USSD code on that your small phone.

It’s simple.

Just dial *121*1# to link your NIN to your Airtel Line. Shortly after you dial the code, you’ll be automatically redirected to the portal to enter your NIN. Once there, type your 11-digit NIN to complete the registration.

Remember you need to wait for the message confirming your registration. In case you get an error message, wait for some time and try the process again.


How to Link NIN to Airtel Number Using the NIMC MobileID App

How to Link NIN to Airtel Number Using the NIMC MobileID App

According to some people’s experience, it is possible to try the two methods above and not succeed. So if you’ve tried the two methods above but didn’t get a positive result, there is yet another alternative.

The third and final alternative is the NIMC MobileID App.

To use the NIMC MobileID App to link your NIN to your Airtel number, follow the steps below:

  1. Download the NIMC MobileID App from Google Play Store.
  2. Launch the app and enter your phone number and NIN.
  3. You will receive an OTP on your phone for verification.
  4. Create your 6-digit password/pin.
  5. Link your phone numbers. It’s simple. Just select the ‘LINK MY NUMBERS’ option on your dashboard. Then add and validate your phone numbers.

How to Link NIN to Airtel Number Using the NIMC MobileID App

Note that you can add as many as 7 mobile numbers using this application. However, an OTP is required to verify each numbers added.


So we have come to the end of this guide. Hope it’s helpful?

You can also check out my guide on How to Link your NIN to your MTN Liné and How to Link your  NIN to your Glo Liné. Of course, that’s if you are also an MTN or Glo subscriber.

See you in the next article!

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About Henry Divine

Henry Divine is a passionate educator and seasoned blogger with a strong commitment to providing valuable insights and resources to the education community. With over 6 years of experience in the field, Henry's articles are well-researched, authoritative, and tailored to meet the needs of teachers, students, and parents alike. Through his blog, Henry aims to empower readers with practical tips, innovative strategies, and evidence-based practices to foster lifelong learning and academic success. Follow Henry for the latest updates and expert advice on all things education.

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