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Account changes

After an account is created, can I change the phone number?

It is not possible to change a number that is registered to the WhatsApp API. If you need to make a change, you should first register the new number and then cancel the subscription for the incorrect number.

Business Approval

What are the requirements for a business to be approved for WhatsApp?

Compliance with WhatsApp policies and use cases that respect the WhatsApp guidelines. WhatsApp requires compliance with the following:

What are possible reasons why my business might not get pre-approval?

a) You offer or sell
  • Illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs, including marijuana
  • Tobacco products and related paraphernalia
  • Unsafe supplements
  • Weapons, ammunition, or explosives
  • Animals
  • Adult items or services
  • Alcohol
  • Adult health items
  • Real money gambling services
  • Goods, items, or posts that we determine may be or are fraudulent, misleading, deceptive, or offensive
  • Items or products with overtly sexualized positioning
  • Products or items that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media which do not comply with Facebook's policies
b) Your audience might be younger than 16.
c) You request a phone number for countries or regions where WhatsApp/Facebook do not operate. See the Blocked Countries list below.

Which countries are blocked from using the WhatsApp Business API?

There are some countries that WhatsApp excludes from communicating with WhatsApp for Business numbers. Phone numbers from the following countries are blocked:
  • Crimea (+7978)
  • Cuba (+53)
  • Iran (+98)
  • North Korea (+850)
  • Syria (+963)
  • Donetsk (+7856)
  • Luhansk (+7857)

Hosting

What are the hosting terms of the WhatsApp Business API account?

The WhatsApp stack consists of
  • a message gateway that represents the encrypted endpoint (WACORE)
  • an API-gateway that is used to configure settings and to send and receive messages and (WAWEB)
  • a database to store messages and files.
Default deployment will happen to Google's Cloud Platform hosting centre in Frankfurt, Germany.

Messaging

Can I access the profile picture (=avatar) of the WhatsApp user?

No, there is no such feature.

Can I use location sharing?

WhatsApp Business API supports location sharing, but real-time location sharing is currently unsupported and will result in “Message type is unsupported”.

Does the server need to access the internet through 80/443 port?

Our servers are working only in HTTP SSL connection on port 443 (standard for HTTPS).

Can my API accounts message another API account?

No, that is not possible. Since the API system is a programming language, accounts that are connected to an API system can only message accounts that are connected to an APP system, and not to another API system.

Prepayment Balance on Partner Level

What is Prepayment Balance on Partner Level?

Partners can add funds to their Prepayment balance to cover the estimated* Conversation-Based-Pricing (CBP) expenses and ensure uninterrupted messaging services to their clients.
*Estimated costs: The precise amount will be determined by Meta's invoice at the end of the month, which will serve as the authoritative record of charge.

Can the Prepayment Balance on Partner Level be used for purposes other than covering messaging services?

No. The Prepayment Balance on Partner Level is allocated for specifically covering CBP expenses. It cannot be utilized for other purposes (monthly license fee per hosted number).
We will deduct the monthly license fee per hosted number on the registered payment method (card). Please note that these are two separate charges.

How is the balance managed for Partners with multiple Partner Accounts?

360dialog calculates balances on a Partner account basis. Meaning that, if a Partner has multiple Partner accounts, they must add funding to each account. Each Partner account has a unique Partner ID.

How does the Prepayment system for Partners work?

For conversation usage, you will be charged according to the following rules.
  • If you have a remaining amount from any previous usage invoice, we will use it to set your initial balance. To guarantee your service is not disrupted, we will ensure you have at least 500 EUR/USD as an initial balance, so we may trigger a charge for the first time.
  • From that moment, every conversation of numbers registered under your Partner Hub will be deducted from the balance.
  • Based on the recharging settings configured on the Billing Portal, we will charge the respective amount on the registered card when the balance falls below the threshold (default is 100 EUR/USD). If the balance does not drop below the threshold, no charges will be issued.
When the balance is less than or equal to 0, an attempt to payment is initiated. We will charge the registered card the negative balance (amount due) plus the auto-renew recharge amount.
If we are unable to charge the registered card within a maximum of 7 days after the balance becomes negative, all the channels registered under this Partner Hub are blocked and unable to send messages. No invoice will be issued if the payment fails.
During the period of account blockage, end customers will receive the following API webhook response:
"Could not send message due to lack of payment. Messaging can resume once overdue invoices towards 360dialog are settled. Please reach out to your integration partner."
The system performs a routine balance check and messaging services will resume as usual once the Partner's balance is restored. If you encounter any issues please reach out to our Support Team immediately.
If balance is not added, end customers won't be able to use their WhatsApp Business channels.

How can Partners add funds to their Prepayment Balance?

Partners can add funds to their PrePayment Balance by logging into their 360dialog Partner Account > Billing. Invoices are generated by 360dialog and the credit card attached to the Partner’s account is charged. When successful, funds are added to the Partner's Prepayment Balance.
Partners can enable the auto-recharge and check Invoices history in the same page. The Amount due displays if there is any open balance causing the blocking of the account.
**In the event of any discrepancies between invoices from 360dialog and META, the difference will be reflected in the balance. Refunds are subject to terms and conditions.

How can a Partner add a Payment Method?

Partner can log in the 360dialog Partner Hub > Billing > Add payment details. See our documentation.

How to manage recharge amount settings

You can manage the recharge settings, such as: Balance, Auto-renewal Threshold and Auto-renew Amount in the Partner Hub Billing page. See how to configure this here.

In what currency are Partner Prepayment Balance charges?

Partner is able to pay in the currency of the contract.

In what type of payment method can the partner add funds?

Prepayment on Partner Level only accepts Credit Card Payment.

Are any payment processing fees applied to the prepayment invoices?

Yes, depending on the Partner’s payment method, an additional 4% for credit card payments will be applied.

Can clients directly add funds for their own CBP usage?

No, clients using Partner Payment to send messages must ensure that their solution provider has added sufficient funds to cover their conversation fees expenses.

Can partners request a refund of funds from the Prepayment on the Partner Level?

Refunds from the Prepayment on Partner Level are subject to specific terms and conditions. Please reach out to our Support Team if you require any assistance.

What happens if there is unused balance in the Prepayment on Partner Level?

The excess amount credited will be retained in the account for future usage, unless there are any exceptional circumstances such as contract cancellations.

Can partners transfer funds between accounts?

No, there is no possibility to transfer funds between accounts. Each balance usage and associated funds are managed separately to ensure transparency and accurate billing.

Where can a Partner see their current balance?

It possible to see the Balance or Amount Due in the 360dialog Hub > Billing.

Can partners view a detailed breakdown of their expenses?

The Balance amount is updated daily and can be fetched with the Endpoint provided, however, the detailed breakdown (invoice and reports) will be shared at reconciliation time by the end of the month.

Can partners monitor the usage and spending history of their clients' CBP funds in real-time?

No. The balance is updated daily at 00:00+00 UTC, but it will only reflect the charges for the prepayment balance. For monitoring CBP usage, they will need to wait until the end of the month to see changes in the fund's balance after reconciliation.