How to Buy Airtel Airtime from Mpesa Without Charges


Are you looking to buy Airtel airtime from M-Pesa without charges, but not sure how to do it? No problem, In this article, I will show you all you need to know and how to go about loading your Airtel line from M-Pesa.

Steps to Buying Airtel Airtime from Mpesa

If you want to load Airtel airtime from Mpesa, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you out:

  1. Open your Mpesa app and head to the menu.
  2. Choose the “Paybill” option.
  3. Enter the Airtel business number, which is 220220.
  4. Enter your Airtel phone number as the account number (e.g. 07xxxxxxxx).
  5. Click “Ok” when you’re done.
  6. Enter the amount of airtime you want to buy.
  7. Click “Ok” again.
  8. Enter your Mpesa PIN to complete the transaction.
  9. Press “Send.”

Once you’ve followed these steps, you’ll receive a confirmation message that your airtime has been loaded.

In addition to loading Airtel airtime from Mpesa, you can also purchase scratch cards from a shop, supermarket, or kiosk. To load airtime from a scratch card:

  1. Buy a recharge scratch card from a retailer.
  2. Gently scratch off the card to reveal the 16-digit number.
  3. Dial *130*16# on your phone.
  4. Press “Call” or “Send.”

You’ll receive a confirmation message that your airtime has been loaded.

It’s also possible to transfer airtime from your own Airtel line to another Airtel line. Here are two ways to do it:

Method 1:

  1. Go to the “Messages” menu on your phone.
  2. Select “Write message.”
  3. In the sender field, enter 5050.
  4. In the message body, type {2u 07xxxxxxxx Amount Password}. Note: the default password is 0000, but you can change it to any four-digit number that you can easily remember.

Method 2:

  1. Go to the “Sim Menu” on your phone.
  2. Select the “Me2u” menu.
  3. Select the “Send airtime” menu.
  4. Enter the amount you want to send.
  5. Type in your password.
  6. Press “Ok.”

After following either of these methods, the recipient will receive the amount of airtime you sent them.

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