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How to Easily Link Your NIN to Your Mobile Number (Glo, MTN, Airtel, Etisalat)

This tutorial will be fast and furious so we will go straight to the point. 

The NCC issued out a circular warning that whoever doesn’t link their National Identification Number with their SIM will be blocked from using their mobile lines.

This report was made viral by the Special Assistant to president Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad.

“The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given telecommunications operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile and others) in the country two weeks to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), the Commission has said in a statement,” he wrote in a tweet.

How to Link Your NIN with Your  MTN Phone Number

MTN Users

Option 1.

To link your your NIN with your MTN SIM using USSD, follow the steps below:

Dial *785# using the MTN you wish to perform the linking on.

Type 1 for “Enter your 11-digit NIN” and send.
Enter your 11–digit NIN and send.

Wait for the network to give a confirmation of your submission. You may get a message saying “Network error.”

Don’t panic if you do! Just wait for some time and try it again.

Linking NIN with MTN phone number. Image credit: MTN Nigeria.

Option 2.

To link your NIN with your MTN phone number, carry out the following steps:

Visit using your phone or computer

Complete the NIN linking form by entering your name, phone number, NIN and email address.

Submit the form as soon as you’re done.

Wait from feedback from the network in a couple of days.

Airtel Users

To link your NIN to your Airtel phone number, follow the steps below:

Dial *121# on the Airtel line you wish to link.
Type 1 for “NIN Capture” and send
Enter your 11–digit NIN and send.

Wait for the message confirming your submission. If you get an error, just wait for some time and try again.

How to link Airtel phone number with NIN. Image credt: Airtel Nigeria.

Alternatively, visit on your phone or computer and complete the online registration form to link your NIN to your Airtel line.

Glo Users

To link your your NIN with your Glo line, follow the steps below:

Simply send “UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName” to 109.
Wait for network feedback on your linking status.

How to link NIN to Glo phone number. Image (c) GLO Nigeria.

Take note that the name you submit must match the one on your ID card/slip for the linking to be successful.

Alternatively, visit Thereafter, enter your name, phone number and NIN to carry out the linking.


To link your NIN with your 9Mobile line, here’s what you need to do:

Dial *200*8# on your 9Mobile line
Enter your NIN and press send

Wait for feedback from the network confirming your successful submission.

If you’re facing any issues, visit any 9mobile office near you and submit your NIN to them. They should be able to complete the linking in a matter of minutes.

How to link 9Mobile phone number with NIN.

How to link 9Mobile phone number with NIN. Image credit: 9Mobile Nigeria.

You can also visit and follow the instructions to complete the registration.

What if you don’t have NIN yet?

To get yourself ready to be able to carry out the linking of your NIN with your phone number here’s what you must do:

Visit any NIMC office near you and apply for your National Identity Card if you haven’t

Register and obtain your temporary ID slip which will contain your NIN

Keep your NIN details in a safe place so that you’ll be able to provide them when necessary.

What if you forgot your NIN and don’t have the slip?

If you don’t know your NIN, just dial *346# on the SIM card you registered with the National Identity Management Centre (NIMC).

A message containing your NIN will be displayed, just copy it somewhere safe.

Note that checking your NIN via the USSD provided above costs N20 only.

If you’re facing issues performing the linking, you might have to visit your network provider’s office to lodge a complaint. 

Alternatively, call the customer care line for your network provider and provide details on the challenges you’re facing.

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