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Twilio WhatsApp

JQ Lee Updated by JQ Lee

You can now migrate your connected WhatsApp 360dialog account to WhatsApp Business API to enjoy higher reliability, lower costs, and access to new features. Learn more about the migration process here.
To connect Twilio WhatsApp, a Twilio WhatsApp API account is required. Read this guide on how to create a Twilio WhatsApp API account.
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In addition to providing SMS services, Twilio is also an API provider that works directly with WhatsApp as an official partner. Twilio also provides other services such as phone number purchases and WhatsApp Official API account management.

By integrating Twilio WhatsApp API, the platform enables you to respond to WhatsApp messages directly.

This channel has a limited 24-hour messaging window due to WhatsApp regulations. Find out more here!

Connecting Twilio WhatsApp

Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide on How to Connect Twilio WhatsApp to

Step 1: Navigate to Workspace Settings > Click Add Channel

Step 2: Locate the Twilio WhatsApp Channel > Click Connect

Step 3: Sign in to Twilio with your user credentials at Twilio.

Step 4: Locate the Account SID and Auth Token on the dashboard and add them to the corresponding fields on the platform.

Twilio WhatsApp Sign in Dashboard

Step 5: After you've filled in the Account SID and Auth Token, follow the instructions by clicking Next.

Step 6: On the Twilio platform, navigate to Programmable Messaging > Senders > WhatsApp Senders. Click Edit Sender next to the WhatsApp Number to be connected.

Configure the WhatsApp Number on Twilio

Step 7: Add the WhatsApp Enabled Number to the corresponding field on the platform e.g. whatsapp:+12025550136

Step 8: Copy the generated URLs from and add them to the corresponding fields on Twilio.

Step 9: Click Save Changes to complete the setup in

Once you've completed the setup, any messages sent to your Twilio WhatsApp Number will now be received in your Workspace.

Channel Configuration

Twilio WhatsApp channel can be configured with a unique channel name.

Step 1: Navigate to Workspace Settings > Click Channels.

Step 2: Locate the Twilio WhatsApp Channel > Click Manage > Configuration.

Step 3: Configure the Channel name, which is used internally to identify the account.

Ensure all your details are entered correctly as errors may cause outbound messages from your Twilio WhatsApp account to fail.

Step 4: Click Save Changes to update the Channel configuration.

Metadata Received by Channel

Different channels provide different set of Contact’s metadata to platform. From this channel, you’ll be able to obtain the Contact's phone number.

Managing WhatsApp Message Templates

Before sending a Template Message to a Contact on the platform, ensure you did the following:
- Submitted the message template for approval
- Added the approved message template to the Space

Submitting Message Template for Approval

If you don't have an approved message template or would like to submit a new message template, refer to the following guide.

Step 1: Navigate to the WhatsApp Enabled Senders Page on Twilio.

Step 2: Search and Select the WhatsApp Approved Phone Number

Step 3: Scroll down to the Message Templates section and click + to submit a new template.

Adding the Approved WhatsApp Message Template to the Space

Once your Message Template has been approved on Twilio, you may proceed to add the message template on the platform.

Once your Message Template has been approved on Twilio, you may proceed to add the message template on the platform.

Step 1: Navigate to Workspace Settings > Click Channels

Step 2: Locate the Twilio WhatsApp Channel > click Manage > Templates > Add Template Message

Step 3: Fill in the required information to create a new template.




Template Name


A name used to identify the template.

Template Content


The message template approved by WhatsApp and to be sent to the contact.


Single select

In which category does this template belong to. Refer here for a list of categories.


Single select

In which language this template is written in.

Make sure to choose one of the three Meta-approved categories (Marketing, One-time password and Transactional) as other listed categories will be deprecated.

Step 4: Review the information and click Save.

Rate Limits

A rate limit is the number of API calls an app or user can make within a given time period defined by the channel. Learn more about the rate limits for this channel here.

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