You can apply & get the WhatsApp Business API for Free with AiSensy.
But, make sure that you have these 3 things ready before applying for the API:
A FRESH PHONE NUMBER
You need an active phone number that isn't currently registered with any of the WhatsApp accounts.
You can use an old phone number too but you'll have to permanently delete the WhatsApp App/Account active on it. Read here how to do it.
VERIFIED FACEBOOK BUSINESS MANAGER ACCOUNT
You MUST have your Facebook Business Manager Account VERIFIED to apply for WhatsApp API.
Check out the step-by-step guide on how to get Facebook Business Manager Verified yourself.
A BUSINESS WEBSITE
A Business Website is a must to get access to the WhatsApp Business API.
Once you have these 3 pre-requisites ready, proceed with applying for the WhatsApp Business API.
Follow the below steps to apply for the WhatsApp API with AiSensy:
Signup on AiSensy App
Go to AiSensy Signup Page by clicking here & choose, "Continue with Google"
Choose the Gmail account where you want to receive communication from AiSensy Team.
2. Add Personal & Company Details
Enter your personal WhatsApp Mobile Number on which you want to receive the communications from AiSensy Team.
Once done, click on the “Complete Sign Up” button to proceed ahead.
3. Create your first AiSensy Project
Enter your Business Project Name and click “Create & Continue” to create your very first AiSensy Business Project.
The Project Name is for the Businesses’ internal understanding.
E.g If you have different WhatsApp API numbers for different departments/ businesses, it'd be better to enter the department name/ Business name as the project name to prevent confusion. Like Finance, Marketing, etc.
4. You've now entered the 14-Day FREE Trial
You've now entered your 14-Day FREE Trial which includes:
Free WhatsApp Business API Verification
Free 2000 Monthly Active Users
Free 50 WhatsApp Conversation Credits
Access all features & get going!
5. Verify Facebook Business Manager Account before Applying
Before you apply for the WhatsApp API, get your Facebook Business Manager Verified.
Click here to know how to get your Facebook Business Manager Account Verified.
6. Click 'Continue' to apply for FREE WhatsApp Business API
Click on the “Continue” button to start the application process of the FREE WhatsApp Business API procurement.
Make sure you are ready with all the pre-requisites.
7. Fill out the WhatsApp Business API Application Form
Fill out the WhatsApp Business API Account form carefully 👇
Enter the email address (which you logged in to AiSensy)
Your Legal Company Name
And a password
After clicking the “Accept Terms” button - you’ll be redirected toward Facebook’s Embedded Signup page.
8. Complete the Embedded Signup Process
You need to log in to your Facebook Account to proceed ahead.
Make sure your Facebook Account has Admin Access to your Verified Facebook Business Manager Account.
Choose your Facebook Business Manager Account very carefully since it can not be changed after the number is registered.
Choose or Create a WhatsApp Business Account - This is not the Display Name visible to your end-users. This is a WhatsApp Business Account where you can check your WhatsApp Business API’s Quality Rating, Broadcasting Limit, etc.
9. Add WhatsApp Display Name & Mobile Number
In Embedded Signup, add:
Business Display Name
This is the name that will be visible to your users. If your Display Name is different from the Legal Name of the company, you can provide a relevant business website to proceed ahead.
Click here to understand how to pick your WhatsApp Business Display Name.
Your Business Category
Add the category which perfectly defines your Business.
Add a suitable description that will be visible to customers when they click your profile button.
Complete the number Registration
Complete the Phone Number registration by submitting the Phone Number and triggering the 6-digit code via SMS or Voice.
Make sure the number is not registered on any WhatsApp Accounts.
10. Generate your API Key
The embedded signup process will take some time to Procure WhatsApp Business API on the registered Phone Number and Complete.
Once done, click on the “Generate API Key” button to generate the API key.
Copy the API key and go back to your AiSensy Dashboard.
11. Setting WhatsApp Business API Live
Click on the “Set WABA Live” button and paste the API Key copied.
Once done, the WhatsApp Business API will go into the Sandbox testing mode until all reviews are completed.
The majority of reviews are completed instantly (in under 10 minutes) - only the Display Name takes anywhere between 24 Hours - 48 hours for approval.
Once the Display Name is approved, you can get started with the AiSensy Platform.
12. Approved WhatsApp Business API Account
After review, if your application gets accepted, you'll receive an API Key which you need to submit to AiSensy Dashboard.
After a simple copy-paste action, just click 'Submit API Key' and your WhatsApp Business API Account will go Live.
The approval time varies. Some companies get the API approved within 10 minutes while for some it might take a few days.
You can try out sandbox testing in AiSensy App
Q. Is there any restrictions on some companies on applying WhatsApp Business API?
Yes, there are some companies that are restricted to procure the WhatsApp Business API. These are essentially those companies that deal in illegal products & services, unsafe indigestible supplements, alcohol etc.
Check the complete document in WhatsApp Legal Commerce Policy here.
Q. What’s Facebook Business Manager and how to create one?
Facebook Business Manager is a tool that allows you to manage multiple Facebook Pages, business assets and ad accounts, as well as Instagram accounts and product catalogues, in one place.
Visit this link to create a Facebook Business Manager Account.
Q. How to get Facebook Business Manager ID verified?
Here are the steps to get the Facebook Business Manager ID-verified:
1. Log in to the FB account which has admin access to the Facebook Business Manager account.
2. Visit this link and select the Business Manager (in case you have multiple Business Managers) which has the company’s page.
3. Click on the “Start Verification” button under the Business Verification section and complete the verification process by providing details of the company.
4. All the details that will be filled in this form are not at all related to the WhatsApp Business API. It’s just for the Facebook Business Manager. They both are mutually exclusive.
Note: If the “Start Verification” button is not active, jump on to the next question! 👇
Q. What if the “Start Verification” button is inactive?
It usually takes 2-5 days to get the Facebook Business Manager ID-verified. If there is some problem in the application form then Facebook updates you regarding that so you can correct it.
Facebook usually matches the company details & documents with the company presence on Facebook and Google.