First Bank of Nigeria Limited (commonly known as First Bank) is the first indigenous Nigerian bank and is referred to as the country’s most valuable banking brand in many quarters. It is the largest financial services institution when measured by total assets and gross earnings. First bank has over 12 million customer accounts and 750 branches providing a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services. What is more? The bank has an international presence through its subsidiaries in many other African countries and overseas.
Over the years, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has shown its unwavering commitment to empowering Nigerians with quick and responsive banking services, One of which is the *894# Quick Banking service introduced as a part of the bank’s financial inclusion drive. The *894# service is designed to deliver availability of banking services to Nigerians irrespective of their location and time of use. *894# is quick, convenient and easy to use not only for oneself but on beneficiary accounts. This article sheds more light on how to buy airtime from First Bank Nigeria using bank-provided services.
Read on below:
About First bank’s *894#
*894# is a quick, convenient and secure means to perform banking transactions such as payment of bills, airtime purchase, balance checks at any time and any place. With the *894#, you can make transactions using any type of phone even when it is without internet connectivity or data. The *894# USSD service makes banking services available across all networks. Any model of phones such as the iPhone, android, blackberry or small phone can make use of the service. The *894# service can be used in remote areas across Nigeria because it does not require network connectivity. However, it must be used on a First bank customer’s registered phone number that is the phone number linked to your First Bank account. With the introduction of *894#, the customer’s mobile phone has become a First Bank branch.
How to Activate the *894# service
FirstBank customers can activate the *894# service in three steps:
- Dial *894*0#
- Enter a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) linked to the debit card
- Create a five-digit PIN
That is all you need to complete your registration.
Services provided by *894#
With *894#, customers can transfer money to other customers in First Bank and even other banks in Nigeria. You can buy airtime for yourself and others; check account balance on your phones and even more. You can also reset your PIN by dialing *894*0#. With the First Bank code, banking transactions can now be performed on the go irrespective of location or time as you do not need to worry about an internet connection or a token device. All you need is a Personal Identification Number (PIN).
Airtime recharge with *894#
For airtime recharge: simply dial *894*Amount# to recharge for yourself, that is your own line used to register your First Bank account. To recharge the phones or lines of others, dial *894*Amount*Phone Number# and enter your five-digit PIN.
Step by Step guide on how to buy Airtime using *894#
- Use the phone you registered with your First bank account.
- Dial the First Bank Nigeria recharge code *894#.
- Follow the on-screen prompt to buy the airtime.
- Press the send button when you are done.
- Finally, wait a few minutes to receive a successful message from First Bank.
That is all you need to do to recharge airtime on your phone using the FirstBank USSD code.
Money transfer with *894#
- To send money using *894#, simply dial *894*Amount*Account Number#
- Select beneficiary bank
- Confirm amount, beneficiary name
- Enter five-digit PIN
- Select account to be debited
As a First Bank customer, you can transfer up to N100,000.00 per day and recharge airtime up to N10,000.00 per day.
How to generate a bank account statement with *894#
You can generate a mini account statement by dialing *894*Account Number#. Dial *894*00# to check your account balance.
Transferring airtime using First Bank banking service
You can also use *894# to transfer airtime from your phone to your loved one.
Different Methods to Buy Airtime from your First Bank Account
If you have a registered account with First Bank, there are several options made available for you to buy airtime.
Use the First Bank USSD Code
When using the First Bank USSD code, you need to dial the code on your phone and follow the instructions
Use the First Bank Mobile App
You can recharge airtime by using the First Bank mobile app. You will start by installing the app on your phone so that you can easily open the app and load airtime at any time. With this option, you do not need the First Bank recharge code since it is not a USSD service.
Use the First Bank Internet Banking Portal
Finally, you can recharge airtime on your phone using the First Bank Nigeria internet banking portal which requires an internet connection.
How to Self-Recharge with your First Bank Account
As mentioned earlier, you can buy airtime for yourself and others when you have an account with First Bank. Follow the steps below to recharge your airtime on your phone:
With your First Bank account, you can use the *894# to buy airtime from your bank account. If you want to buy airtime for yourself, dial this USSD code: *894*Amount to Buy#.
Note: You must dial the transfer code using the same mobile number you used to register for your First Bank Nigeria account. For example, if you want to buy N2000 airtime on your phone, the recharge code you need to dial is *894*2000#. After that, press the send button to buy the airtime to your own line.
How to Recharge for Others with your First Bank Account
When using First bank to recharge airtime for others or send airtime to another number, dial *894*Amount to Buy*Recipient’s Number#. After dialing the code on your phone, press the send button. For example, if you want to buy N500 airtime for a friend, it will be: *894*500*08034567890#.