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MTN Sim Blocked? Here’s How to Retrieve it 2022

Numerous MTN Nigeria users woke up to receive information as message that their sim is barred from making Calls, Messages etc. The MTN Sim Blocked Message is stated as the quote below.

Yello! Following the directive to bar SIMs not linked to NIN. Your line has been barred from making outgoing calls and sending SMS. To reconnect, dial *785# to link your NIN. To register for NIN, visit any MTN shop.

If you received a message similar to the one, keep in mind that your MTN Sim has been Blocked or is at risk of been Barred. What are you to do to Retrieve it? Let’s dive in and See

Why are SIMs getting Blocked or Barred?

According to Mandate by NCC (The Nigerian Communications Commission) all SIMs are to be linked with their NIN (National Identification Number) Card on or before 31st of March, 2022 else they’ll barred. The reason is to know which numbers are effective and maybe some security measures.

This Mandate applies to all Telecommunications Company in Nigeria ranging from Airtel, Glo, 9Mobile, Smile, NTel, Spectranet etc not only MTN Nigeria, just that MTN are the one to take action faster than other Telecommunication companies.

How To Avoid MTN SIM Blocked Issues.

Line is Yet to be Blocked?

If your Line is yet to Blocked you can rush down to any MTN Service Centre or maybe your SIM Service Centre and Link your NIN to it. In some service Centre, your would be charged while in very few its Free, but the best is to do.

MTN SIM Blocked Already?

If you MTN Sim has been Blocked already you can still Link you NIN to it through Numerous ways and get back on the Network. The ways are listed as below –

Chat with MTN Assistant

You can Chat with Zigi on WhatsApp and few information like you Name, Mother’s Maiden Name, NIN, Phone Number, Frequently Called Number, Last Airtime Recharge would be asked just to verify they are helping the real owner of the Sim. You can Chat with Zigi Now Here.


Even as your MTN SIM Blocked you can still send SMS and Dial Some USSD Code but you can’t make and receive Call. To Link with USSD Code, Dial *785*NIN# or Dial *785# and Follow on-screen prompt.

MTN Sim Blocked, Link NIN using USSD Code *785#
Linking via SMS

You can also Link your NIN by sending Text Message to *785#, Unlike the other where you send USSD Code. SMS Content from a Blocked MTN SIM is Your NIN Number to 785

myMTN App

With the New myMTN App you can always like your NIN to your MTN Number. I think this is the Best Way. You can download the myMTN App from Google PlayStore or Apple AppStore

myMTN Website

Alternatively, Linking of NIN Can be done on the myMTN Website. This is best for users who don’t want to download the myMTN app maybe due to less space etc. The image below describes the steps to link your NIN to your MTN SIM Blocked.

How long it takes, I can’t really say but it shouldn’t take more than 24 hours.


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