How to activate My Data Manager on Safaricom new menus

I wrote an article awhile ago targeted at Safaricom subscribers who wanted to know how to use their data manager (activate / deactivate / check status / turn on or off for another number) to control how their airtime and data bundle is used. 2019 came and on Safaricom’s 19th birthday some changes were made.

It used to be that you could easily access the data bundles using various Safaricom USSD shortcodes (*544# and *100#) or via the Safaricom online portal and change your Safaricom My Data Manager settings. Well that is still the case, except they moved things a little bit. The 544 menu doesn’t look like it used to. The 100 menu looks different too. And the online portal was completely redesigned.

If you still don’t want to be billed from your airtime when browsing the web, don’t fret. Using the data manager is still easy as it was before. The menus / interfaces may have changed, but customers can still get to their My Data Manager menu with just a few steps.

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So, what do you do now if you want to learn how to activate data manager on Safaricom new menus? Well, just follow the steps below.

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How to activate Safaricom data manager via *544#

  • Dial *544#
  • Select option 3: Normal Data Bundle WITH EXPIRY
  • Enter 7 to view more items on the menu
  • Select option 11: My Data Manager
  • Select option 2: Dont Browse without a data bundle
  • Reply with 1: Activate – to activate data manager on your Safaricom line
    Or reply with 2: Deactivate – to deactivate Safaricom My Data Manager (so you can browse without an active bundle)
    Reply with 3: Check Status – use this to check if Safaricom data manager is active or inactive
    Reply with 4: Activate/Deactivate for other Number – use this to activate or deactivate Safaricom My Data Manager for another phone number
    Reply with 5: FAQs – use this to get answers to some of the frequently asked / answered questions about Safaricom My Data Manager (Introduction, Activation, Deactivation, Menu options, Low bundle Notification among others)

Activate My data manager on Safaricom via *100#

  • Dial *100#
  • Select option 6: Balance & Data Manager
  • Select option 2: Data Manager
  • Select option 2: Dont Browse without a data bundle.
  • Reply with 1: to Activate
  • Reply with 2: to Deactivate
  • Reply with 3: to Check Status
  • Reply with 4: to Activate / Deactivate for other Number
  • Reply with 5: to read FAQs
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Also remember that you can use the data manager via another popular Safaricom USSD code – *456#. Here is how to use the code to activate data manager on your Safaricom prepaid line.

Activating Safaricom data manager via *456#

  • Dial *456# on your feature phone, smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer (if using your Safaricom SIM card in a modem or router)
  • Select option 7: Activate
  • Select option 2: Data Manager
  • Select option 2: Don’t Browse without a data bundle
  • Select option 1: Activate – to activate Safaricom My Data Manager
    Or reply with 2 to Deactivate the data manager
    Or 3 to Check Status of your data manager
    Or 4 to Activate / Deactivate Safaricom data manager for other Number
    Or 5 to check FAQs about the data manager

You know now how to turn on your data manager so your internet activities don’t consume your airtime. Use any of the methods above to enjoy the benefits of the data manager.

Set the data manager for yourself.

Set it for a friend.

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Set it for your child.

Or anyone you have heard complain that Safaricom consumes their airtime (in the background) without their knowledge when their data bundle is finished but they are still busy opening pages on their web browser.

If you want more content on this topic, check out these two articles as well:

  1. Safaricom data bundles online portal: what you can do on
  2. How to activate Safaricom data manager (or deactivate it)

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