WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with over 2 billion users. It allows people to communicate with their friends, family, and businesses through text, voice, video, and media messages. WhatsApp also offers a feature called Channels, which lets people and organizations share updates with their followers on the app.
Channels are a new way for people to get the latest information or updates from people or organizations they follow. Anyone can set up their own channel on WhatsApp or follow one of their favorite people or organizations. This can include news portals, sports teams, politicians, or even individual organizations. Channels allow for one-way communication, so admins can choose to broadcast the latest updates or share new information with their followers using text or media (photos, videos, stickers, etc.). Or, if they need to understand their audience’s preferences or get their opinion on something, take polls.
WhatsApp channels are private, meaning when you join a channel, your phone number isn’t revealed to its admin or other followers. Likewise, the phone number of the admin also remains hidden from a channel’s members. Channels are available under the Updates (previously Status) tab. From here, you can join new channels or create your own channel. You can also access the status feature under this tab.
But how do you get verified on the WhatsApp channel? Verification is a way for WhatsApp to confirm that a channel belongs to an authentic and notable person or organization. A verified channel has a green badge next to its name, which indicates that WhatsApp has verified its identity and authenticity.
Verification is not available for everyone. WhatsApp says that verification is limited to a small number of businesses participating in a closed pilot program. However, if you are interested in getting verified on WhatsApp channel, here are some steps you can try:
- First, you need to have a WhatsApp Business account. You can download the WhatsApp Business app from the Play Store (on Android) or App Store (on iPhone) and set up your business profile. You can also use the WhatsApp Business API if you want to integrate your business software with WhatsApp.
- Next, you need to have a Facebook Business Manager account. This is a tool that helps you manage your business presence on Facebook and other platforms. You can create a Business Manager account by following the instructions here.
- Once you have a Business Manager account, you need to access the Settings page and click Security Center. Here, you will see an option to start verification. Click on it and follow the steps to verify your business identity and information.
- After you complete the verification process, you will see a message that says “Your business is verified”. This means that your Business Manager account is verified by Facebook but not necessarily by WhatsApp.
- To get verified by WhatsApp, you need to request access to the WhatsApp Business API. You can do this by filling out this form. You will need to provide some information about your business and how you plan to use WhatsApp.
- If your request is approved, you will receive an email from WhatsApp with instructions on how to set up your WhatsApp Business API account and connect it with your Business Manager account.
- Once you have set up your WhatsApp Business API account, you can create your channel on WhatsApp by following the steps here. You will need to choose a display name for your channel and provide a phone number that will be used to send and receive messages from your followers.
- After you create your Channel, you will see a status that says “Pending”. This means that WhatsApp is reviewing your Channel and verifying its identity and authenticity. This may take some time, depending on the volume of requests.
- If your channel passes the verification process, you will see a status that says “Verified”. This means that your channel has received a green badge from WhatsApp and is now verified. You can now start sharing updates with your followers on your channel.
Getting verified on WhatsApp channels is not easy and may not be possible for everyone. However, if you are eligible and follow the steps above, you may be able to get verified and enjoy the benefits of having a verified Channel on WhatsApp.