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Whatsapp Profiles Scraper (Free version)

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Whatsapp profile scraper will allow to scrape the Whatsapp network for profiles info. The results will include: Profile picture url, About info, if the number is registered on WA (or not) and if it's a WA Business or personal account.

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Whatsapp Profiles Scraper (Free version)

The Whatsapp Profiles Scraper Actor allows to search for profile info on the Whatsapp network and download the data gathered as a HTML, JSON, CSV, Excel, or XML doc.

The actor will accept as input an array of phone numbers (up to 10) and will return for each:

  • Check if the number is registered on WA (or not).
  • The Profile Picture url.
  • About info.
  • When was the About info last updated (date and time).
  • Type of WA account (if it's a WA Business or WA personal account).

An API based version of the Actor is also available (read below).

Why scrape Whasapp Profiles?

WhatsApp is reported to have more than 2 billion monthly active users globally, and is ranked among the most popular mobile messenger apps in the world. With so many active users, you can imagine that there is a lot of useful data on the Network.

So what could you do with that data? Here are some ideas:

  • Customize your contact center with up-to-date profile pics of your customers.
  • When a prospect register on you site, you might want to know if the phone number provided is a real whatsapp number.
  • If the whatsapp account is a WA for Business, understand how real businesses are promoting their brand, their opening hours, web-page...
  • The whatsapp handle you set is tipically the way you are known among your family and friends... this might be relevant on how you want to approach a customer next time you talk to him/her.
  • Collect a constantly updated dataset and gain insights into ongoing changes.
  • Carry out market or academic research.

The Whatsapp Profile Scraper is ethical and does not extract any private user data, such as email addresses, gender, or location. It only extracts what the users have chosen to share publicly on the Whatsapp network, and therefore we believe that the scraper, when used for ethical purposes by Apify users, is safe. However, you should be aware that your results could contain personal data. Personal data is protected by GDPR in the European Union and by other regulations around the world. You should not scrape personal data unless you have a legitimate reason to do so. If you're unsure whether your reason is legitimate, consult your lawyers. You can also read Apify's blog post on the legality of web scraping.

Cost of usage

There is only one factor to take into account when you want to run Whatsapp Profile Scraper on the Apify platform:

  • Compute units - used for running the scraper

The usage costs differ depending on how many profiles (phone numbers) you are scraping. According to our tests, running a full scrape of 10 numbers has a minimun cost and you don't need to allocate a significant ammount of RAM to run the actor.

How to use the scraper video guide

The Whatsapp Profile Scraper is very easy to use as shown on this video.

Watch the video

Input parameters

The input of this scraper must be an array of phone numbers that have to be checked on the Whatsapp Network (up to 10).

The whatsapp number must be written as: countrycode and number; do NOT include any non-number character, spaces, or anything which is not a number. Otherwise the job will not be processed. Examples: of correct numbers are: 34123456789 (for spain) or 491234567890 (for Germany).

TIPS:

  • Do NOT include '+' before your countrycode.
  • Do NOT include a '-', or any other character or space (anything which is not a number) as part of your phone number.
  • If you do not know if you are using a valid country code check this: https://countrycode.org/

Whatsapp Profile Scraper output format

The actor stores its results in a dataset. Each item is a separate item in the dataset. You can also download Whatsapp Profile Scraper data as a HTML, JSON, CSV, Excel, or XML doc.

Can I consume the Whatsapp Profile Scraper as an API?

This Actor is designed to take care os batch processes where you have a long list of numbers that you want to scrape; if you are looking for a transactional alternative there's a RESTful API version that you can find here.

Notes

This scraper is offered as a free Apify Actor for testing with up to 10 numbers per month (not per run). In the near future we will be offering a paid subscription which will include some other features and tier levels.

Industries

See how Whatsapp Profiles Scraper (Free version) is used in industries around the world