Start Verification button disabled during Facebook Business Verification? Here’s how to enable

Start Verification button disabled during Facebook Business Verification? Here's how to enable

The below approach to enable the “Start Verification” button does not work anymore due to changes at WhatsApp’s end.

If you want to enable your “Start Verification” button, 

Here are the steps to be followed-


1. Go to this link: 

2. Login with your Facebook Account

3. Fill in the required details

4. Choose your Facebook Business Manager Account

5. Create a new WhatsApp account

6. Complete the remaining step.

After you complete all steps, your “Start Verification” button will be enabled.


To find your Facebook BMID, refer to this article

Alternatively, if you apply for WhatsApp API from here, your button will be automatically enabled.

Are you looking to get your Facebook Business Verified, but stuck because the ‘Start Verification’ button is not enabled?

Start Verification Button not enabled

Start Verification button disabled on Facebook Business Manager

This is really common with most new Facebook Business accounts that are not using apps that require Facebook Business Verification.

How to enable ‘Start Verification’ button on Facebook Business Manager?

Here’s a step by step guide –

Step 1: Go to Facebook Developers page. (

Step 2: Click on ‘Get Started’ or ‘My Apps’ on the top-right corner.

Step 3: Click on ‘Create an app’.

Create Facebook App

Create First App Screen for new users

Step 4: Choose any of the options from the next pop-up and click ‘Continue‘.

Create a Facebook App

Create a Facebook App

Step 5: Add your app name, email address, purpose. Choose your Facebook Business account from the dropdown (this is important). Click on ‘Create App‘.

Link a Facebook App to Business Manager

Link a Facebook App to Business Manager

Step 6: You’re done. You can come back to the Facebook Business Manager –> Security Center and the ‘Start Verification’ button shall be enabled.

Start Verification button enabled

Start Verification button enabled

You can now complete your Facebook Business Verification.

To learn about Facebook Business Verification steps, you can visit this article.

Why is Facebook Business Verification required?

Facebook Business Verification is important to get WhatsApp Business API approval. WhatsApp API access is only granted to verified businesses.

How long does Facebook Business Verification take?

Facebook Business Verification is usually very quick these days. It could take between a few hours to 3 days in most cases.

How to apply for WhatsApp API?


  1. WhatsApp Phone Number (Should not have a WhatsApp account, this number is non transferable)
    If you want to delete the WhatsApp account with your number, follow these steps.
  2. Business Display Name (Should have clear relationship with Business)
    To know about Display Name Guide, please click here
  3. Verified Facebook Business Manager ID (should be verified by uploading business documents)
    If you do not have a Facebook Business, please create by clicking here.
    To verify your Facebook Business, please follow these steps

Once you have these details, you can fill the details here to get WhatsApp API approval in less than 5 days. Apply for WhatsApp API approval by clicking here

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