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How to Link NIN to Airtel Line (Airtel NIN Code) in 2023

Linking your NIN to your Airtel line is now compulsory. In this post, you'll find the best ways to link your NIN to Airtel SIM in Nigeria. Learn more!

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Linking of NIN is now a compulsory process as long as you’re a Nigerian and use the Airtel line. Months ago, the NCC made it mandatory for all the customers of Airtel to link their SIM with their unique National Identification Number. In this article on Naijaknowhow, we have taken our time to explain how to link NIN to your Airtel line in Nigeria.

For those who don’t know what a NIN is, this acronym stands for National Identification Number. You only get this unique 11 digit number when you enrol for a National Identity Card in Nigeria.

That said, let’s jump right in as we explore everything there is to know about NIN and how to link it to your Airtel line without leaving the comfort of your home.

How to register for NIN

Those who are yet to enrol for their NIN can visit any NIMC Enrolment Centres or your preferred telco centres (some network providers have been authorised to enrol people for NIN) to register your National Identification Number.

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NIN Enrolment Centre

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to register for NIN:

  1. Fill the NIMC Pre Enrolment online form by visiting Pre Enrolment Portal, download and print Pre Enrolment Slip.
  2. Submit your application at the nearest NIMC Registration Centre.
  3. NIN issuance.
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How to retrieve your NIN on Airtel

If you have previously registered but can’t remember your NIN, dialling *346# directly on your phone would instantly unveil your NIN on your Airtel-powered device.

How to link NIN to your Airtel Line or SIM in Nigeria

To link your National Identification Number to your Airtel line can be done in three different ways. You can link by using the Airtel NIN Code, Airtel NIN Portal or through the NIMC MobileID App. You will find detailed explanations of these three methods below.

Method 1: Link via Airtel NIN Code

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Airtel NIN Code for linking is *121*1# and it only works for Airtel lines. If you already have your NIN, just follow the steps below to link it.

  • Dial *121*1# to link your National Identification Number (NIN) on Airtel. Afterwards, you’ll be automatically redirected to the portal to enter your NIN, and immediately insert your NIN to complete registration.

Method 2: Link via Airtel NIN Portal

  • Visit airtel.com.ng/nin/
  • Then input your Airtel number, be it Mobile Number, MiFi, Router or ODU
  • Then click on proceed then confirm the OTP code
    link nin to airtel
  • Now insert your National Identification Number and finish it up.

Method 3: Link via NIMC MobileID App


Alternatively, if you’ve tried the methods above but didn’t get a positive result, then try using the NIMC MobileID App. This method, however, requires you to have your National Identification Number (NIN) issued by the National Identity Management Commission or one of its accredited agents and a Mobile Number (which you used during enrolment for the NIN) – to receive an OTP for installing the Mobile ID app.

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NIN Link Codes for Other Networks


NIN Shortcodes

MTN *785#
Glo *109*NIN#
9mobile *200*8#


Now that you’ve learned how to link NIN to your Airtel line, you don’t have to be panicked about getting disconnected. Nevertheless, if you don’t have a NIN yet, you can visit the NIMC Enrolment Centres through the link shared above. Also, if you’re a subscriber on other networks (MTN, Glo, 9mobile, ntel etc.), you can learn how to link your NIN here. If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for tech video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. Good boy
    This good, but what is this NIN all about? Is it to help the census people? Is it to fight corruption or crime! What happens to foreigners using Nigerian phone lines? Let us just hope and pray that this NIN thing is not a Greek Gift with hidden agenda!!

  2. You said we should call costumer service, you even call them,I regret using Airtel

    The owner of the company should better go and sell it.

  3. Have been try to link my nin with my sim through the Airtel code,I think they don’t have good service provider, infact I regret using Airtel number as my hotline number.

    This is bad

  4. I have linked my number to my nin..they unbarred it and barred it again.. Since then have been trying buh no way…my nin Is also validated but whenever I tried linking it…airtel will tell me thanks for submitting your nin SMS will be sent to you once your nin is validated and updated… Don’t understand it at all

  5. Have linked the NIN with my sim 5 different times…. And i still can’t make call or browse till nau

    Is airtel mad or something 👹👹👹

    • Thanks for reading the article, the idea of this article is to show you how to go about this yourself. However, if you’re facing difficulty, you may contact your network provider for assistance.

  6. My glo sim is not calling out nor sending messages, so I can’t use the code. The portal is not completing the process too.

Hey fam, don't go without a reply!

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