Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account can now be used globally. The feature was announced back in June for users in Canada, Peru, Venezuela and the United States, but it is now available for global users.
David Marcus, Facebook’s mobile messaging chief, on Thursday revealed that Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account is now available globally.
“Excited to announce that the ability for everyone to use Messenger, even without a Facebook account, is now available globally. Sign up with your phone number and try it out!,” Marcus said in a Facebook post.
Facebook Messenger will now provide users a new screen with two options – ‘Log in with Facebook’ and ‘Not on Facebook’. Once selected the latter option, the app will bring a form that requires a phone number instead of a Facebook account to activate Messenger.
This certainly means that users will just need to provide their phone number to start using Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account. It appears to be the same case that exists on most of the instant messaging apps including Facebook-owned WhatsApp.
Apart from entering a phone number, the update lets users add their name and a profile picture to start using Facebook Messenger.
Although the update makes Facebook account an option for using Facebook Messenger, the social networking giant still recommends users to use a Facebook account with the Messenger app. Users who add their Facebook account with the Messenger app will get the ability to easily send messages to their Facebook friends or to check Facebook messages without even switching to the native Facebook app.
Facebook Messenger already has a user base of over 500 million users across the globe and recently hit the mark one billion downloads on Android. The new update could enhance the existing user base as it is now available for users who are yet to have a Facebook account. Also, it is expected to give a tough competition to some of the widely used instant messengers such as LINE and WeChat.