How to Sambaza Airtel Airtime in Kenya (3 Easy Methods)

Airtel airtime transfer

Transferring airtime, known locally as “sambaza,” is a handy feature offered by Airtel Kenya that allows users to share their airtime balance with friends and family.

This service is especially useful in situations where someone might run out of airtime and needs an urgent top-up.

Here are the various methods you can use to sambaza Airtel airtime in Kenya.

Method 1: Using USSD Code

  1. Dial *140# on your Airtel line.
  2. Enter the amount of airtime you wish to transfer, which should be between KES 10 and 1000.
  3. Input the recipient’s Airtel number.
  4. Confirm the transaction. Both you and the recipient will receive confirmation messages from ME2U, indicating that the airtime transfer was successful.

Method 2: Using SMS

  1. Open your messaging app and compose a new message.
  2. Type the message in the format: 2u [recipient's number] [amount] [ME2U PIN]. For example, 2u 0722000000 50 0000.
  3. Send this message to 5050.
  4. Receive confirmation. You and the recipient will get confirmation messages from ME2U, confirming the airtime transfer.

Method 3: Using SIM Toolkit

  1. Open the SIM Toolkit on your phone and select Airtel Services.
  2. Choose the ME2U option.
  3. Select “Send airtime credit”.
  4. Enter the amount you want to transfer and the recipient’s Airtel number.
  5. Enter your ME2U PIN (the default PIN is 0000 if you haven’t changed it).
  6. Confirm the transaction. Both you and the recipient will receive confirmation messages from ME2U.


The ability to sambaza Airtel airtime provides a flexible and efficient way to ensure your loved ones stay connected.

Whether through USSD, SMS, or the SIM Toolkit, these methods are straightforward and quick, making airtime sharing a seamless experience.

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For more details or specific inquiries, you can always refer to Airtel Kenya’s official resources or customer service.

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