How to Activate StarTimes After Subscription in Nigeria

StarTimes is well-known as an affordable digital TV service in Nigeria. Many Nigerians love watching TV for entertainment, and having a StarTimes decoder adds to the enjoyment. It’s one of the most budget-friendly options, making it accessible to a lot of people. With StarTimes, families get access a variety of channels without breaking the bank.

Here are some of the features of StarTimes:

  • Wide range of channels: StarTimes offers over 630 channels in a variety of genres, including news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, fashion, and religion.
  • Affordable prices: StarTimes offers a variety of packages to suit different budgets.
  • Easy to use: StarTimes decoders are easy to set up and use.

When you get a new StarTimes decoder, you need to activate it to watch the channels you’ve subscribed to. If you don’t use your decoder for a while or don’t renew your subscription, it becomes inactive.

To activate your StarTimes after subscribing, here’s what you can do. First, give a call to StarTimes customer service using their helpline number. When you talk to them, let them know you have a new box that needs activating.

They might ask you to share your box’s serial number. You can find this number on the box it came in and on the decoder itself. Just read it out to them. Then, they’ll ask for your Smart card number. This number is right on the card itself. After you finish giving them the details, they’ll tell you to wait for a little while, and your box will start streaming in no time.

If you prefer, you can also reach out to their service center by sending an email, or even visiting their offices in person.

Activating Inactive StarTimes Decoder

If your StarTimes decoder has been inactive for a while and you want to get it working again, here’s what you can do:

  • First, find your decoder card number. This is an important piece of information you’ll need.
  • Connect your StarTimes box to the power source by plugging it in.
  • Power on the box using the power button.
  • To reactivate your decoder, renew your subscription.
  • After renewing your subscription, give it a few minutes. Your decoder will be reactivated and ready to use again.
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How to Pay StarTimes Subscription on Phone

There are several ways to pay for StarTimes using your mobile phone.


Subscribing to StarTimes through CardVest is very easy.

  • Download CardVest app from either Google Play Store or the App Store.
  • If you’re new to CardVest, create an account. For existing users, simply log in.
  • Once you’re logged in, your dashboard will appear. Look for the “Cable” option and click on it.
  • Inside the “Cable” section, select “StarTimes” among the providers listed.
  • Pick the package you want to buy.
  • Enter the phone number linked to your StarTimes account.
  • Click “Pay” to complete the transaction.

You can easily fund your CardVest account via bank transfer.

Mobile Banking App

  • Start by opening the mobile banking app on your phone. Make sure you have the app installed and your account set up.
  • Log in to your mobile banking account using your username and password.
  • Look for the option that says “Bill Payment” or something similar in the app menu. This is where you’ll find the option to recharge your StarTimes.
  • Within the Bill Payment section, select “StarTimes” as your service provider.
  • Enter your StarTimes Smart card number. This is usually a long number found on your card.
  • Choose the amount you want to recharge your StarTimes with. Select from the available options.
  • For security, you’ll need to enter your mobile banking PIN to authorize the payment.
  • Once the payment is successful, you’ll receive a confirmation message on the app.
  • Give it a few minutes. Your StarTimes subscription will be recharged.

StarTimes Website

Paying for your StarTimes subscription via its website is simple.

  • Go to
  • Click on the ‘Recharge’ option.
  • Enter your 11-digit smart card number and follow the prompts.
  • If this is your first recharge, set up a payment method.

How to Pay StarTimes Subscription with ATM Card

You can either use an ATM or POS machine to pay for your StarTimes subscription using your ATM card.

To use a Point of Sale (POS) machine, here are the steps to follow:

  • Go to an outlet that has a POS machine.
  • Select PayArena from the available options.
  • Choose the bill payment option and the type of bank account linked to the ATM card.
  • Select StarTimes and choose the package you want to subscribe to. These packages vary in terms of channels provided.
  • Enter your 11-digit StarTimes smart card number. Make sure the attendant selects the correct package based on your choice.
  • Enter your card’s PIN number on the POS machine to authorize the transaction.
  • Once the payment is successful, the POS machine will generate a receipt. Collect the receipt as proof of payment.
  • The subscription should be activated shortly after the payment is processed. It might take a few minutes for the channels to be accessible on your StarTimes decoder.

To use an ATM, follow these steps:

  • Head to any ATM. Insert your ATM card and enter your PIN.
  • On the ATM screen, select the option for “Bill Payment” or a similar category.
  • From the list of bill payment options, locate and select “StarTimes” as the recipient.
  • You’ll be prompted to enter your 11-digit StarTimes smart card number.
  • Choose the specific StarTimes subscription package you want to subscribe to.
  • Confirm the payment details, including the amount and package selected.
  • The ATM will ask you to authorize the payment. You will provided with a receipt as proof of payment. Also, you might receive an SMS confirmation on your registered mobile number.

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