You can now sign up to Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account

You can now sign up to Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account
It makes sense that, to use Facebook Messenger, an actual Facebook account would be a prerequisite, and so far, that has been the case. But having separated the IM part of Facebook away from the rest of the experience by introducing a standalone Messenger app some time ago, the feature can now be accessed to those who don't have nor wish to have a Facebook account. As with WhatsApp -- the instant-messaging app now owned by Facebook -- one can sign up to Messenger using just a phone number, name and photo. This move could heighten its appeal to those who wish to communicate directly with others, but without being groomed Facebook's numerous bells and whistles. 

By simplifying the sign-up process of Messenger, Facebook has also removed much of the red tape associated with signing up to its network. Before now, those wanting to use Facebook Messenger would need to sign up for a proper account, which includes entering an email, along with other personal information that some are not keen to hand over. Those concerned about revealing private info on social networks like Facebook will now be able to chat to their Facebook-using friends, colleagues and family members without the privacy concerns, and the move should help to increase Messenger's overall user base. 

Now, on Messenger's initial welcome screen, there's a "Not on Facebook?" option that can be clicked, and thereafter, one can sign up using a name, phone number and photo. 

Just like WhatsApp, then.

source: Facebook via Gizmodo

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10 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

2. waddup121 unregistered

Good.!

3. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Gonna kill all messenger apps. Theres no need for any other messengers if u can install just this without actual fb.

4. kam777

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

quick question. I want to chat with fb friends but don't want a fb account. Will I be able to that just by signing in and the delete my fb account?

10. gamehdi

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Of course

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Isn't it probably too late for FB Messenger to do that? confused now tbh..

6. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Useless x 100

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1039; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And you have a degree in what again? Doomsayers

7. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

So its gonna be like whatsapp?

8. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Pretty much.. trying hard I might add.

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