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Kenya USSD Codes: Your Shortcut to Mobile Services in Kenya

Kenya USSD Codes

If you live in Kenya and use a mobile phone, chances are you’ve interacted with a USSD code without even realizing it.

These handy little codes are like secret shortcuts to all sorts of mobile services. Want to check your airtime balance, send a “please call me” message, pay your taxes, or register for government programs?

There’s a USSD code for that!

What exactly are USSD codes?

USSD stands for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data. They’re those codes you dial that usually start with an asterisk (*) and end with a hash (#). In between these two symbols are numbers that define a specific service.

For instance, the popular airtime balance check on Safaricom is *144#. When you dial a USSD code, it sends a real-time message to your mobile network provider, triggering a menu or a specific action.

Since USSD codes operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day, they enable users to have instant access to a host of mobile-enabled services.

They are often referred to as “Quick Codes” or “Feature Codes.”

Why are USSD codes so popular in Kenya?

  • Accessibility: They work on any mobile phone, even the most basic ones. No internet or smartphone is required!
  • Speed: USSD codes provide instant responses, great for quick transactions and information requests.
  • Ease of use: No need to download apps or remember complicated website addresses. Just dial and go.

Examples of popular Kenya USSD codes

Here’s a short breakdown of the most useful USSD codes from major service providers in Kenya:

  • Safaricom
    • Airtime Balance: *144#
    • M-PESA: *234#
    • Please Call Me: *131Mobile Number#
    • Data bundles: *544#
    • Airtime top up: *141*PIN#
    • Safaricom services: *456#
  • Airtel
  • Government services
    • eCitizen: *222# (Access various government services like passport application, driving license, etc.)
    • KRA (Kenya Revenue Authority): *222# (Tax-related services)
  • Banks
    • KCB: *522#
    • Ecobank: *335#
    • Equity bank: *247#
    • NCBA:
      • *654# for ex-CBA customers
      • *488# for ex-NIC customers.
    • National Bank: *625#
    • Family Bank: *325#
    • Absa: *224#
    • Standard Chartered Bank: *727#
  • Popular Kenyan Services:
    • KPLC: *747#
    • UFAA: *361# (Worked with Safaricom lines)

USSD tips

  • Popular USSD codes can often have nested menus. For example, Safaricom’s *234# will give you even more M-PESA options. Explore these menus to see all the possibilities.
  • If you forget a USSD code, most service providers have a general code (e.g. *100# for Safaricom and Airtel telcos ) that leads to their main service menus.
  • Keep a handy list of the most important USSD codes for your convenience.

The power of simplicity

USSD codes are a great example of how simple technology can have a huge impact. They streamline essential services in Kenya, making them accessible to a wide range of people. If you haven’t explored their potential yet, now’s the time to start!

Moneyspace Ke
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Moneyspace Ke
Moneyspace Ke
We understand the hustle of everyday Kenyans – the drive to do more, save more, and be more, all while not earning just enough. At Money.ke, we aim to provide reliable information to help you build a scalable sidehustle business. Subscribe to find insights on financial products, practical saving tips, and viable business ideas in Kenya. 🇰🇪🤝📈.

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