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How to link your NIN with your phone line(s); all networks

How to link your NIN with your lines; all networks

On December 15, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) mandated the telecommunications operators in the country to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN) within 2 weeks.

The deadline was given from December 16, 2020, to 30 December 2020).

After the deadline, ALL SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.

Although there is an enormous public objection against the sudden announcement of the policy and short time frame to implement it, there is no assurance of extending the time frame or total withdrawal of the policy yet.

The Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has also directed that subscribers can link their NIN to more than one sim card. They said telecom subscribers should take their NIN to the office of their service provider.

However, some Nigerians who posses NIN are still unsure how to go about linking their phone numbers to their NIN.

Here are a few steps to link your phone number with your NIN;

  • To link your NIN, simply dial *785# using the phone number you wish to link, enter your NIN and submit or;
  • Dial *785#Your NIN# from the phone number you wish to link. The number will be linked to your NIN automatically.
  • Visit 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 for feedback from the network.

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.

Glo subscribers are to simply send “UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName” to 109 or visit the nearest Glo office with their SIM pack to register/link their NIN.

9mobile users are to dial *200*8# and follow the instructions or visit

You can check your NIN status by dialling *346# from your 9mobile line.

What you should know
  • It can be recalled that following the directive of NCC to telecommunication operators on a 2-week ultimatum to disconnect sim cards not registered with NIN; the NIMC warned the general public to beware of fraudsters and scammers who are on the prowl to swindle unsuspecting people.
  • NIMC said that Nigerians already enrolled in the NIMC scheme but have lost their NIN should dial *346# to retrieve the NIN. It also said that USSD code is available on MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9mobile.


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