How to sambaza airtime on Safaricom

How to sambaza airtime on Safaricom

Sambaza is a service provided by mobile telco Safaricom that enables subscribers to share airtime or internet bundles with other users.

For airtime, one can can send any amount from Ksh. 5 to Ksh.10,000. There are four ways to do it:

  1. mySafaricom App
  • Open mySafaricom app
  • Go to the bottom right and open Buy Airtime
  • Select ‘OTHER’
  • Enter the phone number you want to send airtime to
  • You can also search for the phone number using the search icon
  • Enter Amount
  • Click on NEXT
  • A message will pop up on your screen for you to verify name of the recipient and amount
  • Click SEND


  • Key in the symbol star (*) followed by the number 140 then another star (*) followed by airtime value, another star (*) then the mobile number you want to send the airtime. For example: *140*20*0722123456#
  • Press the call button
  • You will receive SMS notification confirming it has been sent

3. Message

  • On your phone, go to messages
  • Open a new message
  • Write the amount you want to share followed by the hashtag symbol (#) and then the mobile number you want to top-up. For example: 20#0722123456
  • Send this message to 140
  • You will receiving a message to confirm that the airtime has been sent

4. SIM Applications

  • Go to Settings>>SIM Applications>> Safaricom+ >> My Account >>Sambaza
  • Choose Prepay Sambaza or Postpay Sambaza
  • Enter amount to transfer
  • Search SIM contacts or Enter mobile number
  • Send

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