Since most banks provide an option for banking with USSD Codes, First Bank won’t be left out. As an answer for users with spotty or no internet connection, the bank launched the hugely successful First Bank transfer code.
In this post, you’ll learn all there is to know about banking on First Bank with USSD codes, which users popularly refer to as First Bank transfer code.
What is the First Bank Transfer Code?
The First Bank transfer code, dubbed the 894 Magic Banking, was a First Bank initiative to allow users to bank anytime and anywhere.
By dialing the USSD code, users can transfer money, check their account balance, buy airtime, pay their bills, and carry most other banking transactions, even without an internet connection.
The 894 Magic Banking works anywhere your phone works, as long as your network provider works.
While the First Bank Mobile Banking app is more intuitive than the First Bank transfer code, let me see how it works without an internet connection.
How to set up the First Bank transfer code
Anyone can use the First Bank transfer code. If you’re up to 18 years and you can use your mobile phone to check your airtime balance, you have the skills required for First Bank Magic Banking.
However, it’s always best if you have a First Bank account before attempting to set up USSD banking on your phone.
If you don’t have an account, you can always create one from the 894 interfaces. However, who wants to create bank accounts on a USSD interface?
For this guide, I’ll assume that you have a First Bank bank account already. Here are the steps required to set up a First Bank transfer code if you already have a First Bank account and a debit card.
1. Dial *894#
This code initiates First Bank magic banking on your phone. Once you dial this number on your phone, you’ll see a screen warning you that you’ll shell out an N6.98 service charge for all banking activities using the code.
If you accept the warning, you’ll see many options offering you numerous First Bank banking services, even if you don’t have a First Bank account.
However, you can’t use any of those services without setting up your magic banking account first.
Selecting any of the listed services will result in an option to sign up for magic banking with First Bank Bank. Select the Sign Up option to start setting up your First Bank Magic Banking account.
2. Sign up with your account number or debit card
At this juncture, you should see two options on your screen: ‘Prepaid with PIN’ and ‘Account with PIN.’
These options imply that you can sign up for First Bank Magic Banking using your debit card and your PIN or your account number and the associated PIN.
If you have a debit card, you may be better off with the ‘Prepaid with PIN’ option. In the event of a breach, you can disable the debit card without needing to shut down the entire account.
However, if you’re a fan of digital synergy, you should go for the ‘Account with PIN’ option. It is simply the most hassle-free option overall.
3. Enter your account number or card ID, and the associated PIN
If you selected ‘Account with PIN’ from the previous section, you should enter the ten digits of your account number on the next screen. Otherwise, you should enter your card number to continue.
On the next screen, enter the PIN associated with your account or card number to continue with setting up your First Bank transfer code.
After correctly entering your PIN twice, you can start using Magic Banking with your First Bank account.
You can carry out various banking transactions using the First Bank transfer code, even without an internet connection.
How to use the First Bank transfer code
Now that you’ve set up your First Bank transfer code, how do you use it?
First Bank Magic Banking opens the door to a whole world of new banking possibilities if you know how to use the service.
Here, you’ll learn some of the practical uses for the First Bank transfer code and some of the shortcuts that you can use for simple banking transactions.
1. Money Transfer
First Bank never referred to the service as the First Bank transfer code. They only called it magic banking, but users dubbed it transfer code because that’s the only reason why they use it.
If you’re anything like most other people, you should want to know how to use the transfer code for money transfers.
There is a long and short way to transfer money using the transfer code. The long way involves dialing *894# and selecting the appropriate option for the transfer.
To transfer money the easy way, dial *894*Amount*Account number# if it’s to a First Bank account. Otherwise, dial *894*Amount*Account number#.
You may have to enter your PIN to authorize the transaction.
2. Buying Airtime
You can also use the First Bank transfer code to purchase airtime for any number in Nigeria. Dialing *894*amount# instantly recharges the specified amount to your phone number.
If you want to purchase airtime for other numbers, you should specify the number thus: *894*amount*phone number#.
Note that any transaction using the First Bank transfer code incurs a service charge of N6.98. Merely checking your account balance will set you back for that amount, so it’s something you should know beforehand.
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With other banks making giant strides in USSD banking, First Bank Bank refuses to be outdone. With the launch of its 894 Magic Banking, you can carry out most banking transactions without an internet connection or a visit to an ATM outlet.
You can set up the First Bank transfer code if you have a First Bank bank account, and that’s the only requirement.
However, you’ll need to shell out a service fee of N6.98 for every transaction, which is standard across most banks.
Once you experience the convenience of the First Bank Magic Banking, you’ll never go back.