There are two options available to the question – how to make a WhatsApp business account for your company.
1)The free but limited WhatsApp Business App, suitable for micro and small businesses and the paid but feature-rich WhatsApp Business API, suitable for mid-sized and large companies.
How to make a whatsapp business account using the whatsapp Business App
follow these steps:
- Download the WhatsApp Business App from the Google Play Store (for Android) or the Apple App Store (for iOS) and install it on your smartphone.
- Register with your phone number in international format and choose how you want to be contacted for validation (SMS or call). You will receive a 6-digit confirmation code.
- Give WhatsApp permission to access your phone book contacts.
- Fill out your account details, including your business name, business category, and profile picture.
- Create a WhatsApp business profile from the Explore -> Business profile option, and fill out fields such as business description, open hours, and physical location.
- Once your account is set up, you can start chatting with contacts who have your number in their address book.
How to make a whatsapp business account by converting your personal WhatsApp account
If you want to convert your personal WhatsApp account to a WhatsApp Business Account, update your WhatsApp app to the latest version, download the WhatsApp Business App, and open it. After agreeing to the terms and conditions, the app will show your current WhatsApp Messenger number. Tap on the “Use number” button to confirm that you want to use it as your business phone number. Your chat history will also be transferred to the business account.
How to make a whatsapp business account using whatsapp business API
To create a WhatsApp Business Account using the WhatsApp Business API, you need to first activate WhatsApp in your service provider’s admin panel. You can then either link your existing Facebook Business account or create a new one by providing business information such as name, phone number, website, and email address. Next, you need to create a WhatsApp Business profile by entering your business category, display name, and short description. Verify the WhatsApp Business number you want to use for your campaigns, choose a verification method (text message or voice call), and click on “Send Code.” Once your account is successfully verified, your WhatsApp Business account will be connected to your service provider.
It’s important to note that WhatsApp Business accounts also need to be verified through the WhatsApp Business Manager on Facebook, which requires providing details and documents about your business.
Business vs Official WhatsApp Account
A WhatsApp Business Account is simply an account created by a business on WhatsApp, whether it’s through the app or the API. It is used to distinguish between a business and an individual’s personal presence on the platform. This is the standard type of account that any business can create on WhatsApp.
On the other hand, an Official WhatsApp Account is a higher-tier account that is distinguished by a green badge and the brand name of the business. To obtain an Official WhatsApp Account, a business needs to be on the WhatsApp API and go through a more rigorous verification process. Usually, only large companies are eligible to obtain an Official WhatsApp Account.
Having an Official WhatsApp Account provides additional credibility and trust to a business, as it signifies that the business has been verified by WhatsApp and is an authentic and legitimate entity. However, it is not mandatory for businesses to have an Official WhatsApp Account, and many businesses operate successfully with a regular WhatsApp Business Account.