How to activate data manager on Airtel Kenya line + deactivate / check status

If you want to learn how to activate data manager on Airtel Kenya line, I am going to show you the steps you can follow – using the *544# and *100# Airtel USSD codes. I am also going to show you how to check the status of your data manager. If you already have the manager activated and looking for step-by-step instructions on how to deactivate it, that too is addressed in this article.

Why activate data manager?

Usually, when you buy a data bundle from Airtel and use it all, you will still be able to access the internet – if you have airtime. With data bundles you enjoy browsing at low prices. When you browse without purchasing a data bundle first, your data charges will be high. So, to avoid accidentally incurring high data charges once your bundle runs out, you can simply activate the data manager – which is free to use.

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If you don’t want your airtime to be used once your data bundle runs out, activating the data manager on your prepaid line will ensure that not even a cent is touched by the telco. So, if you have Kenya Shillings 200 airtime and spend KSh 99 to buy the daily 2GB + free WhatsApp bundle, the remaining 101 Shillings will not be touched once the 2GB runs out.

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How to access data manager on Airtel Kenya line

You can access the Airtel Kenya data manager using the methods below.

Via the 544 code

To use this method:

  • Dial *544#
  • Select option 9) Data Manager

Via the 100 code

To use this method:

  • Dial *100#
  • Select option 4. Buy Bundles & Services
  • Reply with n to go to the next page on the menu
  • Select option 10. Data Manager

How to activate data manager on Airtel Kenya line

To activate data manager:

  • Dial *544#
  • Select option 9) Data Manager
  • Select option 1) Activate

After performing the steps above, you will receive a message from Airtel confirming that your data manager is now active. The SMS reads as follows: ‘You have activated Data Manager. You will NOT be able to browse without an active data bundle.’

What you will see when you browse with data manager on

When your data bundle runs out, you’ll see this pop up on your screen if you have data manager activated on your Airtel Kenya line:

Data Manager is active you will NOT be able to browse from your airtime.

  1. Purchase a Data Bundle
  2. Kopa Data
  3. Proceed to Pay-as-you-go / deactivate.

How to deactivate data manager on Airtel Kenya line

To deactivate data manager:

  • Dial *544#
  • Select option 9) Data Manager
  • Select option 2) Deactivate
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If you follow the steps above to deactivate data manager, you will receive the following text from Airtel Kenya: ‘Your Data Manager is deactivated. You will be charged directly from your airtime if you browse without a data bundle.’

Now, you can use this option to access the internet if the following conditions are met:

  1. your data bundle is finished
  2. you check your Airtel airtime balance and it is not enough to buy a data bundle sufficient for the task you want to perform online
  3. the websites / apps you want to access are not covered under the list of properties you can access for free using Airtel Kenya internet – namely Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Wikipedia.

Once you top up your Airtel line and have enough money to buy a data bundle, you can reactivate the data manager and keep enjoying browsing the web.

How to check status of data manager on Airtel Kenya line

To check data manager status:

  • Dial *544#
  • Select option 9) Data Manager
  • Select option 3) Check Status

When you do this and have data manager on, you will receive an SMS that reads as follows: ‘Your Data Manager is active. You are NOT able to browse from your airtime.’

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Now that you know how to activate data manager on Airtel line Kenya, you can buy various bundles and keep enjoying using the internet via the Airtel Kenya network.

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