How To Deactivate Airtel Pay As You Go ( PAYU)

Are you looking for how to stop airtel from deducting your money when you are browsing? are you sick and tired of having your airtime wiped out by airtel for the so-called pay as you go service?

Don’t get me wrong, airtel PAYU / PayG can be useful sometimes but can cost you money. Or should I say airtime when you do not know how to opt-out from it?

Normally, mobile network providers will not touch your airtime when browsing even though you have exhausted your data plan. But the airtel pay as you go or PAYU will usually start deducting your money the moment you exhaust your data plan.

As you know, browsing with airtime can be expensive at N3/MB, and with the way mobile devices these days use data, you can wipe your entire airtime on your mobile phone on PAYU without even realizing it.

How To Stop Airtel Pay As You Go

There are actually two ways you can achieve this, the first is by using a USSD code

Airtel Pay as you go or PayU can be stopped or deactivated by dialing the code *400*1#. After dialing this code, you will receive a response from airtel that reads  

You have successfully unsubscribed from Airtel free surf offer.


The second method involves subscribing to an existing data plan. I went through the trouble of contacting Airtel customer care on Facebook and I was told the same thing.

Airtel PayU Deactivation

So basically, after subscribing , you will be asked what should happen when you exhaust your data. There is usually two options there.
“Stop my data” and “Browse from my Airtime at PAYU rate”.
just press 1 to select (stop my data)

Any of these two methods will successfully deactivate PAYU on your Airtel number. if you have any more question you can leave them on the comment

Author: Dennis

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Sunday jeremiah jp

    I’ve tried the code provided but all to no avail

  2. Musa karam habib

    *400*1#. I try it several time but not exist.

  3. Sushi king

    It did not work

  4. Fortune Jimi

    It was absolutely helpful… thanks guys….you all are the best

    1. Bayonle

      It’s not working for me both the ussd code and switching to data plan.
      They keep deducting my airtime

  5. Shalom

    It was helpful

  6. Nelson vitalis

    It’s not working

    1. Admin

      Did you try the second method? The first method that involves using a USSD code no longer works.

      Just subscribe to the airtel daily data plan for N50 by dialing *141*50# and selecting “stop my data”

  7. Henry

    Midnight sub on my Airtel does last long …why??

  8. Ada

    Mine did not work too even after using the code

    1. Admin

      The USSD code no longer works. Use the second method instead by subscribing to an existing data plan and selecting the option Stop my data.

    2. Sushi king


  9. Jonathan Opuoru

    I have done it but my airtime is been deducted still

  10. Yunana

    Airtel una dey fall ma hand oo
    Haba when did this one start na.
    I dailed the code still not working, and seriously I don’t like what is happening at all
    Plss fix it.

  11. jace

    it did’t work

  12. Osereme

    I agree!

  13. Unknown

    It worked for me

  14. Nonso

    I tried both and they deliberately failed my efforts.
    After usung the Code, i Got a message saying "you are already opted out of payu"; but the deductions continue.
    Moved to the other option and brought N1000 monthly data, went through the stages to where i selected "stop my data" only to be to "invalid MMI"! Meanwhile they sold the data to me and deducted the N1000.
    These People are ripping us off in Nigeria, and i think We should Start taking them to law courts.

  15. Shalom

    Not working

  16. Anonymous

    I've dialed *400*1# yet my airtime is still being deducted

  17. Unknown

    Thanks that was really helpful

  18. Madewill Graphics

    I really appreciate this article… It helped me to stop the bad experience I went through… Thanks a lot…

  19. Unknown

    tries to opt out of payu by dialing the code but still deducting from my airtime balance

  20. Unknown

    I have tried it did not work

    1. Benjamin Ali

      I tried more times with the code that Airtel provided to stop payu but still deducting my airtime when browsing

  21. Unknown

    How do I stop browsing from my airtime

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