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Moya App: Free Download, Setup Guide + Faq & Answers

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Moya App is a datafree mobile messaging app similar to WhatsApp. It enables users to communicate with each other without paying for data, provided they don’t send any attachments and are okay with seeing a bit of ad.

Developed in South Africa, the app’s users can message each other without airtime or a data balance on their smartphone. MoyaApp offers unlimited texting, group chat, end-to-end security with automatic encryption of all messages, and automatic contact discovery which enables users to connect with their contacts who are also using the Moya app.

While messaging using the MoyaApp is free and without the need for data, engaging in calls (both voice and video) will incur data costs. Also, sending files such as photos, videos, documents, etc. will attract data fees. Moya App will notify you each time you are about to use a feature that requires data.

The Moya app is part of the #datafree initiative, which offers a way for users to browse apps and sites without using up their data allowance. Under this model, advertisers are the ones who foot the bill for any data used.

According to the #datafree webpage, the group gets paid by advertisers to show users data-free video ads. While the frequency of such adverts may vary, the group said that, generally, users will see about one 10-second video advert every 30 minutes.


For the Moya App to connect, mobile data must be turned on but your data will not be used. MoyaApp’s data-free supported networks include MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C mobile. 

Users outside South Africa are free to use the app but it is NOT data-free.

Who Created the MoyaApp & When was it Launched?

Moya App was developed in 2018 by Gour Lentell, who was born in Zimbabwe. Lentell is the CEO of “biNu” also known as Datafree, which is the parent company of Moya.

Moya App Founder

Datafree CEO and Moya founder Gour Lentell. (Source: Datafree).

Apart from Messaging, what else does the Moya App do?

Other than the ability to connect with your contacts, Moya App provides you with several other features. With this app, you can read the news, check live scores, use local services, play fun games, check the weather, read books, etc. Below are some of the major features of the Moya App…

  • Unlimited Instant Messaging & Voice Notes – no data cost on supported networks
  • Discover: browse a range of useful and fun online services, all datafree
  • Voice & Video Calling: Call quality is impressive when compared to some other apps (not #datafree – before calling you will be warned)
  • MoyaPay account for business owners, that lets you pay, get paid, transfer money, send money, swipe, EFT, withdraw cash and buy data, airtime, electricity and more.
  • Group Chat: Unlimited group chat messaging for no data cost
  • Message Attachments: Such as photos, videos, documents, location sharing (not #datafree – before sending you will be warned)
  • End-to-end Security: automatic end-to-end encryption of personal messages
  • Contacts Sync: automatically find your contacts who use MoyaApp
  • Always Logged In: Never miss a message by always staying logged in (#datafree) 
  • Offline Messages: messages are saved even when your phone is off

How to Download Moya App

The Moya App is available for both Android and iOS users. To download the Moya App, head over to your respective app stores according to your device type and search for “Moya App” and the app will be displayed. Click on it to install it on your device.

Alternatively, you can download the Moya App using the links below:

Download Moya App for iOS

Download Moya App for Android

Download Moya App for Huawei 

After successfully downloading and installing the app on your device, you can go ahead to set it up.

In the event that an update to the app is released, updating it is simple. To update the MoyaApp, go to your app store and search for the app, click on it when it pops up and you will be able to see the “update” button.

How to Setup and Use the Moya App

After the successful installation of the Moya app, you will now be required to set it up, to begin enjoying the app’s awesome features. Setting it up is easy.

When you launch the app for the first time, you will be required to agree to its terms and conditions. If you are over 18 years old, tick on the box indicating you are of age, and if you are below 18, MoyaApp requires that you seek consent from an adult (parents/guardian) before using the app.

How to use the Moya app

Next, you will need to give the app permission to access your contacts, photos, videos and files, don’t worry, it’s safe.

Next, you will be required to input your phone number. The app automatically detects your country and inputs your country code for you but if not, you can input that as well. Remember the app works just like WhatsApp, so a phone number is crucial. An OTP will be sent to the number you provided. You will be prompted to enter the OTP code in a space provided, for the successful verification of the number. Most times, the OTP code is detected automatically and moves you to the next step.

The next step is setting up your profile details. You will be required to provide your name and profile picture, and may even add a status as well if you so wish.

Next, you will need to enable message notifications. Doing this will grant the app access to run in your phone’s background. This may consume your phone’s battery power but we’ve been told that the consumption is minimal.

Congratulations, you are done setting it up. You can now begin to explore all the features the app has to offer.

How to Check Your Sassa Status on MoyaApp

  • Launch the Moya App
  • Go to Discovery and select the SASSA Grant
  • Navigate down  to the Check SASSA SRD status
  • Click the “Application Status” button
  • Input your ID number and mobile phone number
  • Click the Submit button
  • It should then show your SASSA status
  • If you are approved, it will be displayed sometimes with pay dates and at other times without pay dates.
  • If it is declined, it will display along with the reason why your application was declined. If this is the case, you can still reapply for the Sassa SRD R350

How to Apply for Sassa R350 Reconsideration with Moya App

Applying for reconsideration of your R350 status is the same thing as appealing your SASSA grant. To appeal your grant, follow the steps below using the Moya app:

Step 1: Launch the Moya app, click on “Discovery” and then on “Sassa Grant”.

Click on the button labeled “click here to apply online or check reconsideration” under the subheadings “Application for reconsideration” if you wish to apply or check your reconsideration status.

Step 2: When the reconsideration page is open, enter your ID number and the phone number used to apply. Then click on the “send pin” button to proceed.

Step 3: You will receive a pin code on the phone number entered. Now input the code in the space provided.

Step 4: Now select the expression that corresponds to your reason for the decline. For instance, if you have been declined for “alternative income source identified”, then select ” no alternative income source”. Similarly, if you have been declined for “UIF registered”, then select “not UIF registered”.

Step 5: After you submit your reconsideration application, SASSA will review it and update your status. If your application is approved, you will receive payment.

Please Note: When you submit a reconsideration application, please be patient while SASSA processes your request and provides you with an update on the outcome of the reconsideration.

How to use Moya App to check Sassa Relief Grant

Using the Moya app one can check the Sassa relief grant easily.

  • Click on the Money and Services tab.
  • Click on the SASSA Relief button.
  • Click on SASSA SRD payment status.

Is the MoyaApp Safe and Legit?

MoyaApp claims to not share your data with third-party users so we are can say it is safe and legit to use. Just be sure to download the app from the official app stores of your phone device.



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