Have you been clicking on links that take you to WhatsApp while checking out a page on Instagram without knowing how?
This article will be showing you how to link your WhatsApp account to your Instagram account with little or no difficulty; so if you are thinking of how to get it done or why it is necessary to have it, keep reading for more.
Can I Link My Whatsapp to Instagram
You already know by now that you can link your WhatsApp to Instagram, and yes you are right about linking your WhatsApp account to your Instagram account.
Before deciding to link your WhatsApp to your Instagram, you might need to consider the following:
- Are there app updates?
- Is there an existing link on your Instagram account?
- Is it a business page?
- Do you have active data?
Here why you should consider these factors.
Are there app updates
Tech gadgets and updates are inseparable, this too is common with applications and softwares in general. So should you be considering linking your WhatsApp account to your Instagram account, then you need to find out if there are pending updates on both WhatsApp, and Instagram applications.
If there are pending updates, you just need to update the app that requires an update, whether it is one of the two or the two of them.
Finding out which application that needs to be updated is very easy:
- Make sure to have an active data
- Network needs to be stable for a quick upload, otherwise, contact your service provider, or reboot your phone for a stronger network within the time.
- For an Android device, download play store on your smartphone. If you have play store already then that’s good
- Launch onto the play store app
- Go to my apps (all apps that need to be updated will appear)
- Or you can search for the particular app once it pops up, click on the update button
- Then update your WhatsApp and Instagram account through the update buttons on the right column of the listed app
- For an Apple device, visit the AppStore on your smartphone.
- Click on the “apps” button, scroll down to see the apps that need to be updated, or search for the app and click on the update button
- Your apps get updated immediately
Application updates are very necessary for at least two reasons. The first is for security reasons, and the second is to get the new features added to the app.
Instagram accounts have room for only one link to one account. It could be a website, a direct message on Instagram, a phone call, or a WhatsApp message, but it has to be just one link.
While trying to link your WhatsApp to Instagram, be sure that there is no existing link on the app. If there happens to be any, then you have to make a choice, to either replace the existing link with a WhatsApp link, or to continue with the existing link. Whatever you choose depends on what you find convenient, or on which you think can serve you better.
There is room to always change the links to serve you better.
Is it a business page
Should you decide to link WhatsApp to Instagram, you need to confirm if your WhatsApp and Instagram are both business pages.
Your Instagram account, as well as your WhatsApp account, need to be upgraded to business pages to unlock that feature of using links.
Do you have active data?
This is the first thing you should check before you start other processes. Your mobile data needs to be on and active, that way you have access to software and applications on your device.
Sometimes, when the network is inactive, you just need to be sure that your mobile data is on, and that there is a running active bundle; otherwise subscribe to get started.
Why You Should Link Your Whatsapp to Your Instagram
The uncontrollable unemployment rate has raised more entrepreneurs especially among the younger people in the working class demography. To stay afloat, these businesses need to be heard and seen so that the target audience can be reached within a shorter, or a given period.
Technology has already provided us with an online community through social media, which makes it easier to reach out to more people from the comfort of your home or wherever you may be.
Are you an online merchant, or those your physical business have an online presence?
Here’s why you should link your WhatsApp account to an Instagram account which preferably should be yours or for the business.
- Customer relationships
- Increase sales
The high rate of cybercrime or fraud makes it difficult for potential clients or customers to trust an online business account, not to talk of doing business with them. However, linking a WhatsApp account to an Instagram account automates the authenticity of a business on both WhatsApp and Instagram. Maybe not one hundred percent, but to a great percentage.
Seeing a particular business having an Instagram account that is linked to WhatsApp makes it easier for a client to trust the business and decide to patronize the business at least on a trial mode.
Sometimes, customers want to discuss further and may not be very comfortable with the Instagram direct messages. The link makes it very easy to build such relationships with your customers.
Must Instagram messages are seen to be sent by strangers or acquaintances, but with WhatsApp it gives a certain closure, and every business needs such closure with their customers to grow better.
Increase in Sales
Where authenticity has been confirmed, and a certain percentage of trust has been given, more prospects are attracted to your business funnel, and you could have an increase in sales. This is the essence of every business, to have an increase in sales, and linking WhatsApp to Instagram makes it more achievable in today’s world.
Is There a Criterion for Linking Whatsapp to Instagram
Like stated earlier the major criterion is that the accounts need to be business accounts.
Fortunately, any business can have a social media presence and WhatsApp could be linked to Instagram.
Whether you are a janitor, a merchant, a teacher, or you are rendering services to people, whatever business you do can be on Instagram and WhatsApp and the two can be linked. The idea is to have a stronger media presence.
Simply put, here is a list of criteria to meet for linking WhatsApp to Instagram:
- Social media presence
- Have WhatsApp on your mobile app
- Have Instagram on your mobile app
- Own a business
- Render a service
Social media presence
You need a social media presence before considering linking your WhatsApp to Instagram
Have WhatsApp on your mobile App
Download WhatsApp on your mobile phone.
To do that, you just need to:
Go to your play store app if you are using an android phone, or go to your App Store if you are using an Apple phone.
Then download WhatsApp on your phone and you are ready to get that link.
Have Instagram on your mobile App
Just like you do while downloading WhatsApp, download Instagram on your mobile phone.
And to do that, you just need to:
Visit your play store app if you are using an android phone, or go to your App Store if you are using an Apple phone.
Then download Instagram on your phone and you are ready to get that link.
Own a business
You already know by now that you need a business page to be able to link WhatsApp to Instagram, this implies that you must own a business.
It’s either you are buying and selling, or you are importing, or you are producing. You must own a business!
Render a service
Rendering services is part of owning a business, only that it is not goods, but services required. You should either be providing content, or styling hairs or styling dresses or be a consultant in any field at all.
Once you have these, you are set to linking your WhatsApp to Instagram.
How to Link Whatsapp to Instagram
This is the crux of this article.
To link your Instagram and WhatsApp you can use a direct link method or the link tool provided by the apps.
- Launch your Instagram on your mobile phone
- Visit your profile and tap Edit Profile.
- Click on “Public Business Information,”
- Then tap Contact Options.
- Kindly pick WhatsApp.
- Then enter the WhatsApp number you want to connect to or add a new number.
- Moreso, Whatsapp has made it easy to create a new WhatsApp account on this step.
- Click on “Send Confirmation Code”.
You’ll then be prompted to verify your WhatsApp account.
- Once you’ve confirmed your WhatsApp number, WhatsApp will be added to your contact options and your WhatsApp number will be displayed as a contact option on your Instagram profile.
This is not a permanent link, therefore you can also remove WhatsApp from your Instagram account any time and to do this, go back to Edit Profile on your Instagram, click on Contact Options, click on WhatsApp, and then click on Remove WhatsApp.
Should you consider the first method a bit too detailed or a long process, here’s another method.
To use the direct link method, you need to get:
- A WhatsApp link.
- Add the link to your Instagram
It’s easy pizy to get a WhatsApp link, here’s what you should:
Use https://wa.me/<number> where the <number> is a full phone number in international format. Eliminate any zeroes, brackets, or dashes when adding the phone number in international format.
Below is a good example:
Your link is ready.
Just like in the first step, go to your Instagram, click to edit profile, choose the link option, and add the link to the page.
With these, you already linked your WhatsApp account to your Instagram account.
Why You Should Not Link Your Whatsapp to Your Instagram
Before venturing into any business, or taking any decision, it is necessary to check out some of the disadvantages attached to that decision, or some consequences that could follow such decisions.
So here is why you may want to rethink linking WhatsApp to Instagram.
- Multiple WhatsApp accounts
- Lack of privacy
Multiple WhatsApp accounts
Linking WhatsApp to Instagram often calls for having more than one WhatsApp account. One WhatsApp account is a handful, to talk of having more than one which requires your attention too. Sometimes, one becomes dormant, or you miss out on important information because of the mental and social stress of having to jiggle two WhatsApp accounts.
There is an increase in cybercrimes and there are not many means of curbing these crimes yet. So linking WhatsApp accounts to Instagram is a risky venture because should one be hacked, the other could also be affected, and that could result in loss of clients, and you don’t want that for your business.
Lack of privacy
Social media is not a private community though some modalities give a certain room for privacy. Linking your WhatsApp account to an Instagram account requires a business account which eliminates privacy. So if you like privacy you need to consider this before making that decision.
Technology has taken the business to a different level, and online businesses are starting to save the day with businesses and not be affected by situations that could keep people indoors or put a hold on physical businesses. For instance, the lockdown that happened as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.
If you have businesses or you render any services at all, I think it is okay for you to first create a social media presence on Instagram and WhatsApp, then link your WhatsApp account to your Instagram account and have more clients in your sales funnel.
Most importantly, don’t forget the made easy steps of linking your WhatsApp account to your Instagram account.