Official Business Account (OBA) or green badge

This document contains information about Official Business Accounts (OBA) / aka: Green Badge.
Please read this document carefully if you wish to apply for a Official Business Account (OBA), known also as green badge or green tick

Types of accounts

A WhatsApp Business Account is your company’s way to communicate directly with customers. There are two types of WhatsApp Enterprise Accounts. The Business Account and the Official Business Account. They often get confused, because of course the simple Business Account also has to be verified by WhatsApp, therefore is it still is somehow official. However, the term "official" here is reserved for a certain amount of Business Accounts that meet certain criteria.

WhatsApp Business Account

Any account using the WhatsApp Business API or the WhatsApp enterprise app will automatically be listed as a Business Account. WhatsApp verifies the authenticity of a brand for each account in the WhatsApp Business API.
If your WhatsApp Account is a Business Account, the Display Name is only shown in the Contacts view (in a smaller font size). In all other views, the phone number is displayed. As long as the number is not saved to contacts only the number is shown. But WhatsApp made it easier to save Business Accounts. The user just has to click on the number, the WhatsApp profile information opens up and when clicking on "adding contact" all the details are pre-filled automatically.

Official WhatsApp Business Account

In contrast to the regular Business Account, the Official Business Account will receive a green checkmark badge in its profile and the name of the business is visible in the chat list, chat screens and contacts view instead of the phone number, even if the user hasn't added the business to their address book.
This is WhatsApp's way of confirming that an authentic, reputable brand is the owner of this account. Only a few companies will have an official company account. The decision is based on a variety of factors, such as whether the brand is notable. It is not possible to pay to turn a Business account into an Official business account.

Requirements for approval

To receive the OBA
status, the company needs to reach a number of notability requirements.
This is why Official Business Account applications rarely get approved. Please apply for an OBA only if you're sure that your business is widely known and impactful enough for Meta's requirements.

Understanding Notability

Notability requires a business to represent a well-known, often searched brand or entity. This should not be taken as a signal of the authenticity of the business. A business is considered authentic if they have gone through the Business Verification which verifies the business as a legal entity and their access to the business.
Notability, on the other hand, reflects a substantial presence in online news articles. Notability is assessed based on an account’s presence in news articles from publications with sizable audiences. Meta does not consider paid or promotional content as sources for review, including business or app listings.
Official business accounts are issued at the phone number and display name level. Meta assesses notability for the Display Name of the business account that is requesting OBA status —If the display name is changed after receiving the OBA status, the account will need to go through the approval process again.
Additionally, previous OBA approvals within a WhatsApp Business Account do not guarantee approval for other numbers (with different display names) associated with that account. If your WABA contains one main parent brand and the phone number associated with that brand meet notability requirements, we suggest updating the display names for the child brands as follows: '{{sub-brand name}} by {{notable name}}'.

Denied Requests

If your OBA request has been denied, it means the Meta team has carefully reviewed your account, and unfortunately, your account is not eligible for the OBA status at this time. Currently, these decisions cannot be appealed.
Businesses can continue to grow their presence and wait 30 days before submitting another Official Business Account request —It may take time to build the business's presence in news articles as described above.
In the meantime, this decision doesn't limit your ability to share your business details. Each phone number also has a business profile which includes profile picture, email, website, and business description. These are fields that you can edit at any time.

Application process

You can can apply for an OBA directly from WhatsApp Manager.
Important: When a number receives an OBA status, this status is tied to the current Display Name of the account. If the display name needs to be changed, we recommend it is done before getting the OBA, otherwise a Meta appeal is needed. WhatsApp Manager > Phone Numbers > Profile
Click Submit Request and fill out the required information. You can submit up to 5 supporting links to show that the business is notable. It's important to choose them carefully, since you can only you can submit a new request after 30 days if it is rejected.
Please keep in mind important requirements to strengthen your case before submitting it for approval:
  • Clear information on your website (about products and services, mentioning your display name)
  • Your display name should match your website
  • Have at least 3 external media coverage links from newspapers, magazines, etc. Do not use links of your own website, these are not valid.
  • Having a high number of likes in your Facebook page can help you prove relevance
  • Adding number of employees and profitability can help you prove relevance
If you created your account using the Classic Signup (On Behalf Of WABA), contact your Account Manager to apply for an OBA. If you are a Direct Client that has a Classic Signup account create a ticket for your Support Team and it will be routed appropriately.