Facebook Messenger is all grown up, and the company has decided to let it become its own chat app, without necessarily having a Facebook account. All you need now is a phone number to register on the app, unlike previously when a Facebook account was necessary.
In the new update, if you’re a new user, you’ll see an option that says “Not on Facebook” on the welcome screen. If you click on that option, you can sign up using your phone number, then enter your name and upload a profile photo.
This move looks like a strategic one to net those people who don’t have Facebook accounts or don’t need them but need Messenger in order to keep in touch with those who are hooked to it. Facebook is after all keen on making Messenger a one-stop platform for all the communication needs of a user and when they’re not chatting up their contacts, playing games or even sending each other money.
Facebook maintains that those people who sign up using this new method will still enjoy all the features available on Messenger. However, the company still insists that there are many benefits of actually having a Facebook account when signing up for Messenger like easily chatting with your Facebook friends, accessing those messages from Facebook and the advantage of chatting across a plethora of devices.