How to Set Up WhatsApp Notifications and Never Miss an Important Alert
In today's digital age, it's essential to stay on top of notifications from various sources to ensure you don't miss anything important. WhatsApp is a popular messaging app that many people use to stay in touch with friends and family. However, it's also possible to receive notifications from digital services on WhatsApp, such as alerts from monitoring tools, smart home devices, WordPress sites, or other tools.
In this guide, we will show you how to set up Notify.Events notifications to WhatsApp using Green API integration.
In this article:
- Notify.Events and Green API
- Setting up WhatsApp notifications
- Common issues and solutions
- Tips and best practices
Notify.Events and Green API
Notify.Events is a powerful notification platform that helps you receive alerts from various sources, such as monitoring and CI/CD tools, Smart Home platforms, eCommerce platforms, and other applications. With Notify.Events, you can receive notifications via email, SMS, Slack, Telegram, and more.
Even though the tool supports more than 50 notification channels, WhatsApp is not included in this list. This is due to the strict requirements for receiving notifications from the messenger itself. But the Green API helps to get around this problem.
Green API is a third-party service that grants you access to WhatsApp API in order to send WhatsApp messages. By combining Notify.Events with Green API, you can get your alerts delivered on WhatsApp in real time. Text messages, links, files and images are supported.
Since the integration is designed to send notifications to phone numbers other than the sender number connected to the Green API, you can subscribe your customers, colleagues, or family members to notifications and alerts. If you set sending to the original (your own) number, messages will still be delivered to WhatsApp, but without a pop-up / sound notification. WhatsApp will automatically mark such messages as read since the sender number and the recipient number are the same.
For example, you can set up Home Assistant WhatsApp notifications to your household, Zabbix WhatsApp alerts to your team members, or visit reminder notifications to your clients’ WhatsApp.
Setting up WhatsApp notifications
Step 1: Set up a Notify.Events account
To get started, you will need to set up a Notify.Events account. Go to the Notify.Events website, fill in your details and click on the "Sign up" button. Once you have created your account, you will be taken to the dashboard.
Step 2: Create a channel in Notify.Events
Now you need to create a new channel (=notification flow) in Notify.Events. To do this, click on the "Channels" tab and then click on the "Create" button. Enter the name of the channel, check the box next to Green API, configure the other parameters and click the “Save” button.
Step 3: Integrate Notify.Events with your application or service
Now that you have set up your channel in Notify.Events, you can integrate it with the source application or service. To do this, use the “Add Source” button, choose the tool from the list and follow the setup instructions. The connection is secure and doesn’t require your login information.
Step 4: Connect Notify.Events with Green API
Next, you need to connect Notify.Events with Green API. For this, use the “Subscribe” button, select Green API, enter the number you want to send notifications to or select a WhatsApp contact/group from the list (will be active if you have allowed this action in the Green API integration settings) and click “Subscribe”. To add more numbers, repeat the previous steps.
But before you start connecting the Green API, check the following:
- You have an active Green API account;
- You have associated the Green API with WhatsApp;
- You have pre-configured the Green API integration and enabled subscription in the properties of the Notify.Events channel.
You can find the step-by-step setup instructions on how to set up a Green API and Notify.Events for WhatsApp notifications in our Help Center.
Step 5: Start getting notifications
Once everything is configured, you should start receiving notifications on the connected WhatsApp account(-s).
Common issues and solutions
If you encounter any issues during the integration process, here are some common problems and their solutions:
- Invalid API key: Make sure you have entered your Green API key correctly.
- Incorrect phone number: Double-check that you have entered the correct phone number connected to WhatsApp.
- Message not sending: Check that your source service is configured to send notifications to Notify.Events correctly.
Tips and best practices
Here are some tips and best practices for using Notify.Events and Green API to maximize their effectiveness:
- Use variables (if available for your source service) in your message template to personalize your notifications.
- Use Notify.Events to receive notifications from multiple sources, not just one application or service. Combine notifications into one or several thematic flows.
- Use Green API to send WhatsApp messages to multiple recipients. Subscribe colleagues, customers or family members.
Setting up Notify.Events notifications to WhatsApp using Green API integration is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps. By following the instructions in this guide, you can receive real-time alerts on your WhatsApp account and stay informed about important events. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact the Notify.Events support team.