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How to Deactivate Access Bank USSD Code (*901#)

Access Bank’s USSD code (*901#) makes banking transactions easy, no doubt. But, here's how to deactivate Access Bank USSD when compromised.

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Access Bank’s USSD code (*901#) allows you to transact and experience banking services conveniently from your mobile phone, without the use of airtime or data. But what happens if your mobile device gets stolen or missing? How can you deactivate the Access Bank USSD code easily to avoid theft on your missing phone?

This service is available for 24 hours and makes banking faster and more convenient, but what some of you don’t understand is that USSD banking can be compromised. I know you will be wondering how… well, I’d break that down in another post. Nevertheless, what you should know is that your money can be transferred when you misplace your device, and mostly, this happens via USSD banking. People who have misplaced their Access Bank ATM cards can totally relate.

Moreover, USSD banking is known to make banking transactions swift and easy, but to what use is this when I’m being charged for doing the simplest thing such as checking my bank account balance? Using the USSD code comes at a price (see screenshot below).

check access bank account balance via ussd code
An SMS screenshot showing charges and account balance via Access Bank USSD code.

To make this explicit, this post on Naijaknowhow isn’t composed to discourage you from using Access Bank’s USSD code but to help those who want to put it to a full stop. If you’re one of those looking to cancel or deactivate the Access Bank USSD code, then here is the article for you.

Let’s delve right into it as we explore the code that helps you cancel that *901# USSD code from working on your registered phone (this service can be accessed via any phone or phone number).

To deactivate your Access Bank USSD profile…

  • Simply dial *901*911# from any phone, insert the registered phone number for the account you want to blacklist and your USSD profile will be deactivated and blacklisted automatically.

To reactivate your Access Bank USSD profile…

  • When you retrieve your missing or stolen SIM card, you can proceed to contact your bank either through their contact mediums or visit the bank in person to reactivate your blocked Access bank USSD code.


There you go! As you can see from the post above, you can deactivate your USSD code with or without your registered number. This was developed this way so as to help those who have misplaced their phone. With that code, you can safely lock your money instantly. You can also read this post to learn how to block bank USSD codes on other banks in Nigeria.

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