Messenger users no longer require Facebook accounts

Social media firm enables users without an account to sign up for its Messenger app

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Facebook has announced on Wednesday that users in the US, Canada, Peru and Venezuela could use its Messenger app with just a phone number.

“With this update, more people can enjoy all the features that are available on Messenger – including photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling, stickers and more. All you need is a phone number,” the company wrote in a blog post.

Users in those countries will have the option “Not on Facebook” when they open the Messenger app. They can start to use the app with their name, phone number and a photo.

In recent months the social media firm has added new features to Messenger such as games, video calling, payment and location sharing services. Facebook says Messenger has 700 million users.   

Facebook, with 1.4 billion monthly active users, also owns another messaging platform WhatsApp which it has acquired for $18 billion in 2014.   

Like WhatsApp and now Messenger, Facebook’s Rooms and Moments app doesn’t require a Facebook account.

TRTWorld and agencies