airtel ussd codes list

Airtel ussd codes list 

Airtel is India’s big mobile operator. Like every mobile operator, Airtel have many ussd codes for various purpose.  Ussd runs on standard GSM ussd protocols.  The ussd codes are used for, balance check for 3G data,  for 2G data, 4G data, validity check etc.  The home network of Airtel have full details of the subscriber. The details includes static information , e.g Name, Address etc or the dynamic details, location information, call balance , data balance etc.  Subscriber need to access details from home network time to time.  To get details , subscriber dials the a ussd code.

When a Airtel subscriber a dials a valid ussd code. Mobile device sends the message with code as string to the network and mobile user see that ussd code is running. Dialing a code, creates a session with the home network.  The based on code home network displays the menu back on the handset.

The menu can be initiated by the mobile operator without even dialing any code from the mobile device.  This is called network or mobile operator initiated ussd session.  Airtel may use this option to display user the menu for activation of a service.  E.g when a mobile user go for roaming, and network detects the roaming, it sends menu to activate a roaming pack.

One can check balance from Airtel portal also.

For that go to the Airtel website.

Login with phone number and password.  The number should be Airtel number if you want to check the balance. Other number can also be registered. But that can be used for associated other services. e.g DTH , BroadBand connection.

If don’t have password then can request for OTP, its for one time use.

After login you can see the details for balance.

Airtel USSD Codes List 

USSD Code  Purpose       
*121# Main Menu , displays the phone number with multiple options.
*888# Missed Call Alert Service Management. Provides options
1. Activate Missed Call Alert2. Deactivate Messed Call Alert.3. View History
*282# This airtel ussd code displyes your phone number. Useful initially when you have bought a new sim card and don’t remember the phone number.
*121*7# Airtel Call details
*121*1# Balance Check. This includes balance for all and sms and data.

Airtel USSD Codes List for data

Mobile data is very conman service now a days. Airtel provides 2G, 3G and 4G data.  Data pack can be activated from the ussd codes. This is important when you data pack has been expired and you are not getting data. The data balance can be check from ussd and a data pack can be purchased from the main balance using a ussd code. Following is the list of codes , Airtel provides for data services.   Mobile data transfer is also possible with the use of ussd codes.

USSD Code  Purpose 
*123*11# Airtel 3G balance check ussd code. To activate 3g Data a SMSC is sent to 121. The text of sms is
*121*8# Airtel 4g balance check ussd code
*121*10# 2G balance check.
*125*1541# Per day data balance check.

How to check net balance in Airtel :

Airtel provides 3G and 4G data to its user.  Whenever a mobile user browse the Airtel internet , the internet or net balance is detected.  Mobile operators having billing system which have the updated net balance. There are ussd codes to check the net balance from handset. How to check net balance in airtel, is the process of displaying the internet balance on phone. This may be via ussd codes, via sms or via internet web portal.

For data balance Airtel have *123*8# ussd code.  The response for data balance, displays the available data limit and the validity. Once the ussd code for net balance is dialed, roaming VLR/MSC sends the process USSD request to the home network or to the HLR of Airtel. Airtel HLR, sends the ussd request to the serving ussd application for the data balance check. The application responses with the menu for balance and HLR displays the same on handset.

Airtel providing limits on per day net balance also. E.g a pack have per day 2GB data limit, once this much internet data has been consumed with in a day. This leads to no internet, or amount will be detected from main balance.  *125*1541# is the airtel ussd code for checking net balance for data for per day limit.

My Airtel App os another option for checking net balance.  A mobile subscriber can download the app and install it. Requires mobile number authentication via OTP.  Open the app, then on top right click. Click on Manage Account. There will be the option for data balance.


Airtel recharge code :

These days we have internet and smart phones on most of the places. Mobile subscribers can login to the Airtel website and can recharge via internet banking, credit card etc.  But still there are people having Airtel connection on basic mobile phones.  For Airtel recharge , they buys the coupon.  Airtel provides USSD code for recharging from coupon. The code is *121*3# . After dialing code it asks 16 digits coupon code. Airtel  recharge code can also take 16 digits coipon code with the dialed ussd string .

*121*3#  Airtel recharge code via ussd.
*121*3# <16 digits coupon number> Airtel recharge code with coupon code.

Airtel recharge offer :

Airtel provides time to the recharge offers. These offers are good for saving money.  Like without Airtel offers, one has to recharge for main balance for calls and a separate recharge for data.  Airtel provides offers like 448 for 82 days unlimited calls and 2GB per day data. Mobile subscriber can check Airtel recharge offers via USSD Codes and can recharge from main balance.  Following are the steps.

Dial *121# , The menu will have option for My Offer.  Enter this option and send.

Now available offers will be displayed. Sletct the option for offer and continue. The recharge will be done from main balance.

Airtel USSD Codes and MMI codes:

Airtel code will not be from the list of MMI codes provides by the phone. The MMI Code of phone is the command used by the phone user. Many times a user dials a string to access the phone details or activate/deactivate the service. Any string apart from MMI code list, send in USSD request.

Protocols and network for ussd codes:

Like any other operator Airtel also uses SS7 protocol for USSD messages transport. Roaming nodes have VLR and MSC.  GSM-MAP protocol runs over SS7 between VLR and HLR.