This guide will take you through the process of applying for a WhatsApp account with Twilio. The entire process can take two to four weeks.
📝Prerequisites: What you need before applying
1. A Twilio account. You can create one here for free: https://www.twilio.com/try-twilio 2. A Twilio phone number. You can purchase one here; it will cost you a minimum of $1 per month, depending on your region https://www.twilio.com/console/phone-numbers/search 3. A verified Facebook Business Manager ID. You can obtain this from your Facebook Business settings. (Please note: This is not the same as your Facebook page ID).If your Facebook Business ID is not verified, follow the following instructions to obtain verification. The process takes about one week: Facebook Business page verification (fb.com)
Step 1: Request Access with Twilio
To apply for a new WhatsApp account, fill in this form on Twilio's website:
You will need the following information for the form:
- Your Twilio Account SID, which you can find in your main Twilio console/dashboard.
- Your Facebook Business Manager ID. You can obtain this from your Facebook Business settings. (Please note: This is not the same as your Facebook page ID).
- For "I wish to provision this account with a 3rd party vendor", select No.
Step 2: Submit WhatsApp Business profile information
For this step, you'll need to make sure you have a Twilio number. You can purchase one: https://www.twilio.com/console/phone-numbers/search
Once you have a number, navigate to Programmable Messaging → WhatsApp Senders: https://www.twilio.com/console/sms/whatsapp/senders
Click on "+" and add the number you wish to use, along with your WhatsApp profile information (name, address, logo, etc.) Please ensure that you follow the guidelines mentioned on-screen:
You may also apply for message templates on the same page. These will be submitted for review alongside your WhatsApp account. Learn more about WhatsApp Templates ➚
Step 3: Approve Messaging Request in FB Business Manager
Once Twilio has submitted your profile for review to Facebook, you will receive an email and a message in your Facebook Business Manager to approve a "messaging on behalf of" request. This typically happens anywhere from 1 day to 1 week after submission.
You can view and approve this request through this link: https://business.facebook.com/settings/requests/received_requests
Or navigate to your Facebook Business Manager → Business Settings → Requests, as shown below:
Step 4: Twilio completes your account registration
Once step 3 is complete, Twilio will take over to process the rest of your application. After your account has been approved, Twilio will register your number, and they will send you a confirmation email.
Your account is now ready to be connected to Rasayel.
Step 5: Connect account to Rasayel
When your account is ready, follow this guide to connect it to Rasayel: