WhatsApp Business App for Android is Now Officially Available in India
WhatsApp has announced the rollout of WhatsApp Business App last week. Now Facebook-owned Company has launched the App officially in the country. Android users can now download the WhatsApp Business App from Google Play Store. The application initially made available in select countries such as US, UK, Italy, Indonesia, and Mexico.
The standalone App provides a simple tool for small and medium businesses to let them communicate with their clients and customers in an easy way. It is compatible with the smartphone running Android 4.0.3 and above. A version with similar features and specifications is also expected to be available soon for iOS devices.
The WhatsApp Business App is built on the same platform as the WhatsApp Messenger. But, it boasts of a few additional features. These involve verified profiles along with features such as Quick Replies, Greeting Messages and Away Messages. They can also access messaging statistics for a given period of time.
Here is how to get started with the WhatsApp Business App:
- After downloading and installing the app, users have to enter the contact number they wish to make their WhatsApp Business with after giving all the permissions to the App. They can convert their regular account to a Business account with the same number.
- After registering the number, give a name to the Business account. The name account can be changed later.
- Once done, the App will take them to the chat window.
- Users can tap on the settings option and fill rest of the details about the business such as location, business category, description, email address, website, business hours and much more.
Individuals also have access to all the WhatsApp for Business features mentioned above. Currently, the group limit seems to be same as that of the regular version that is 256 members.
WhatsApp has been running a pilot for the application with select Indian businesses such as Make My Trip and Book My Show since last year. Now it appears that the company is gradually increasing the ambit and getting new companies in the fold.
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