How to activate Do Not Disturb (DND) on Glo, MTN, 9mobile and Airtel


Are you tired of seeing messages from third-party services urging you to subscribe to this and that? You can now activate the “Do Not Disturb” feature on your Glo, MTN, 9Mobile, and Airtel lines. Recently, third-party partners of telecommunication companies in Nigeria have been using deceptive strategies to get people to subscribe to their services.

Due to that, many people have been lured into subscribing to one service or the other without realizing it; and in the end, they’ll discover a constant reduction in their account balances.

Probably the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) heard the complaint of the millions of subscribers in Nigeria and therefore made it mandatory that all the telecommunication companies allow the customers to choose not to be disturbed by activating the Do Not Disturb (DND) feature on their lines.


Activating do not disturb (DND) on Glo, MTN 9Mobile, & Airtel

Thanks to NCC, you now have the option to either activate full DND or partial DND. Full DND in the sense that you don’t want to receive any promotional messages or IVR. While partial DND allows you to deactivate some and leave some activated,

To get started, you need to decide whether you want the partial or full DND. Note that all the networks in Nigeria make use of the same code (2442) to stop unsolicited messages and calls.


To activate the full DND, SMS “STOP” to 2442.

If you’re interested in activating partial DND, SMS “Help” to 2442.

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Thereafter, you’ll receive a message containing all the categories of services on the network and the codes needed to stop receiving messages from them.


The message should read like this:

  • STOP: To stop all SMS and IVR messages.
  • ALLOW: To receive all SMS and IVR messages.
  • SMS 1: To receive Banking / Insurance/ Financial Products SMS.
  • SMS 2: To receive Real Estate SMS and IVR messages.
  • SMS 3: To receive Education SMS and IVR messages.
  • SMS 4: To receive Health SMS and IVR messages.
  • SMS 5: To receive Consumer goods & Automobiles SMS and IVR messages.
  • SMS 6: To receive Communication/Broadcasting/Entertainment/IT SMS and IVR messages.
  • SMS 7: To receive Tourism & Leisure SMS and IVR messages.
  • SMS 8: To receive Sport SMS and IVR messages.
  • SMS 9: To receive Religion SMS and IVR messages.
  • STATUS: To check the status of your DND.

In summary

If you’re interested in partial DND, you need to first all send “STOP” to 2442; thereafter, start activating the services you’re interested in one by one. It’s as easy as that.

Using this service is totally free. You can deactivate and reactivate as often as you please. And don’t forget to help the elderly get it done. Those who are not so tech-savvy and, as a result, are still suffering from the indiscriminate reduction in credit for third-party services inflicted on subscribers.

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It’s important to note that while DND settings can block third-party services, direct calls and messages from your service provider will continue to come through.

That’s all about activating DND on Glo, MTN, Airtel, and 9Mobile lines.

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