Learn which phone number formats Klaviyo accepts when importing phone numbers for SMS marketing.
Accepted Phone Number Formats
You can use several different formats for phone numbers with Klaviyo. Below is a chart listing the accepted phone number formats and examples. Note that the country code is included in the examples, as Klaviyo must know the country in order to properly apply consent.
|+12 345 678 900|
|E.123 national notation||(1234) 567 8900|
|E.123 international notation||+12 345 678 900|
|+1 234 567 8900|
The RFC3966 format comprises the prefix “tel:” followed by numbers. The numbers themselves do not need to be in a certain format.
Alphanumeric sender IDs are not accepted, but you will get one free with your SMS plan.
Importing Phone Numbers
In order for consent to be applied to a phone number, we recommend including the following columns:
- Email (if known)
- Phone number (required)
- First and last names
This way, the file contains all the necessary and helpful information. Not only will consent be applied properly, but you'll avoid creating duplicate profiles.
For more details, read Upload a List of SMS Contacts.
Including a Country Code
We strongly recommend including a column for the country; however, including the country code also works. To include the country code, use an apostrophe before the plus sign (e.g., '+1).
|With the Country Column|
|With the Country Code|
In other contexts, such as API calls, Klaviyo can also infer the country code based on profile information, such as a profile’s location, shipping, or billing address country.
If you are collecting consent through Klaviyo and have customers in multiple countries, the best option is to create individual signup forms that target customers by location and then change the default country code based on that location. Note that Klaviyo SMS is available only in certain countries.
How Klaviyo Handles Symbols and Spaces
Klaviyo can also handle certain typos and common symbols. For instance, if a phone number contains a symbol, extra space, or letter, Klaviyo will remove this when a phone number is added to a profile. The following will all be corrected to the E.164 format as +12345678900:
- +12()*- 345678900
- abcde()*()++12 345 678 900