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USSD Code To Link Your NIN To Airtel Phone Number SIM Online in Nigeria 



The Federal Government of Nigeria has made it mandatory that all the users of the network service provider (MTN, GLO, AIRTEL, 9MOBILE OR ETISALAT) must link their National Identity Numbers (NIN) to their line before they can be given access to use the line for security reasons.

Airtel offices in different states in Nigeria have recently been experiencing a deluge of customer visits. This development is partly due to the recent text messages many Airtel customers have received asking them to visit an Airtel store to link their Airtel line with their NIN. The instruction comes with threats to block call and data services on the mobile numbers of customers who do not comply with the directive. 

I know some are here because they are looking for how to link NIN to their Airtel line after being blocked. Do not worry, everything you need to know will be covered in this post.

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Also read; USSD Code To Link Your NIN To MTN Phone Number SIM Online in Nigeria

How can I link my NIN to my Airtel line? Here comes the big ques

Here, I am going to give you three methods on how you can do this, so stay with me and follow through with the following methods I’m about to share with you!

The following are the three ways to link NIN to your Line even after your line has been blocked;

  1. Via Airtel NIN portal
  2. Through Airtel NIN code (USSD code)
  3. Via NIMC App

Now, let’s take it one after the other!

To use this method, simply follow the following steps;

  1. Visit
  2. Then input your Airtel number, be it Mobile Number, MiFi, Router, or ODU
  3. Then click on Proceed then confirm the OTP code
  4. Now insert your National Identification Number and finish it up.

Simple right? Okay, to the next method!

I believe this is the easiest method as it doesn’t require you to have a browsing phone and data. All you need is a phone even if it is a small phone. All you need to do is get a phone and as I said, any phone and follow the following simple steps;

  • Dial  *996*Your 11-digit NIN# from the phone number you wish to link.
  • Wait for response
  • You will receive a text message telling you if your NIN is successfully linked to your Airtel number.

Is this the method you want or you are still facing a problem even after you tested the two methods up there? Either way, do not worry! This method is also a sure and tested method to link NIN to Airtel line!

NIMC has launched an app that should enable you to link up to seven numbers to a NIN. To access the NIMC Mobile App, download ‘MWS: NIMC MobileID’ (available for ios and Androids).

Follow these simple steps to link your NIN to your Airtel line using NIMC App;

  1. Download the ‘MWS: NIMC MobileID’ application on Google Play Store for Android devices or App Store for iOS devices.
  2. Launch the application and insert your NIN and phone number. An OTP is sent to your phone number for verification (OTP is valid for 30 minutes).
  3. Once that’s out of the way, you’ll be required to create a 6-digit password/PIN. You will always need that 6-digit PIN to sign in to your NIMC mobile app dashboard.
  4. On your dashboard, select the LINK MY NUMBERS option to add and validate your Airtel line. You can add up to 7 mobile numbers using this application and an OTP is required to verify all numbers added.

Your Airtel number can be blocked or restricted due to failure to link your NIN. The good news here is that you can still link your NIN and get your Airtel number unblocked.

Before trying to link your NIN to your blocked Airtel line, ensure that you have your NIN and follow these steps below;

  • Dial *996# to link your Airtel number, or use NIMC app.
  • You can also visit any Airtel office to retrieve your Airtel line and get assistance linking your NIN to your line.
  • At the office, meet a customer care representative.
  • You will be required to undergo fingerprint verification to confirm your identity.
  • Your information will be updated, and your NIN will be link to your Airtel number.
  • Your line will be reactivated after a short time.


In this post, you were given three ways in which you can link your NIN to your sim. The three ways are Via NIMC App, Via the Airtel NIN portal, and Through Airtel NIN code (USSD code) which I said is the simplest and easiest of the three methods.

All you need to do is to dial *996*your 11-digit NIN# to link your National Identification Number (NIN). Afterward, you’ll be automatically redirected to the portal to enter your NIN, and immediately insert your NIN to complete registration.

With this article, I am confident that I have explained everything you need to know on how to link NIN to Airtel line (Airtel NIN code) in 2024.

Also read; How To Generate Virtual NIN To Link With Bank Accounts Online In Nigeria


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