Wouldn’t it be great if we could use Facebook messenger without a Facebook account? Then you wouldn’t be bothered by troubling ads and annoying people on Facebook’s feed and still keep in contact with friends and family. Unlike WhatsApp and IMO, Messenger does not need a mobile number to activate an account.
This article will cover how to use Messenger without a Facebook account. You don’t need an active Facebook account to use Messenger. The instructions below will work only with Messenger for iOS or Messenger for Android.
What is Messenger?
Messenger is a free mobile chatting and texting application that is used for instant messaging, photo and video sharing, voice recording, and group chats. It is available for free to download. Additionally, we can chat with Facebook friends and phone contacts with Messenger.
Meta Platforms is the company behind it. Originally launched in 2008 as Facebook Chat, the company redesigned its messaging service in 2010 and released independent iOS and Android apps in 2011. It is currently available in 111 languages worldwide.
What is Messenger Kids?
Meta Platforms released Messenger Kids, a messaging application and platform, in December 2017. It is a safer alternative to the Messenger app, the platform is aimed at a younger audience. it comes with parental controls and other methods for keeping your child safe on the internet.
Can I use Messenger without a Facebook account?
Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms. Before December 2019, Meta Inc. (Previously Facebook Inc.) allowed users to use Messenger without having a Facebook account. You only needed a mobile number to create a messenger account. However, from January 2020, you must have a Facebook account to use Messenger. But the Facebook account doesn’t require to be activated.
Messenger without Facebook
If you want to start from the beginning, assuming you don’t have a Facebook account or permanently deleted the account, follow the instructions below.
- Install Messenger App from Google play store or App store.
- Open the Messenger app and tap on Create New Account.
- A window will pop up, prompting you to create a new Facebook account.
- Fill out the information like Name, email address or mobile number, etc., and tap Next on each tab until you are finally done.
- Enter a Password of your liking. Then tap Sign Up.
- Fill up the verification code box with the code sent to your email or phone number.
You have completely set up your account. Now, you can enjoy Messenger freely and connect with your loved ones.
How to deactivate your Facebook account and keep Facebook Messenger
Creating a FB account automatically creates a Messenger account. However, you can deactivate your FB and continue using Messenger without Facebook.
How to deactivate a Facebook account?
- Open Facebook on your mobile or PC.
- Go to Settings > Your Facebook Information > Deactivation and Deletion.
- Next, select Deactivate account and click Continue to Account Deactivation. This will temporarily deactivate your Facebook account.
- Enter your Password and click Continue.
- Select any reason for leaving (required) and Click Deactivate.
In this way, you can deactivate Facebook and still keep using Messenger.
Keep Using Messenger
Install/ Open the Messenger app on your phone and type your credentials. you can now use Messenger without an active Facebook account.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sign up for Messenger if I don’t have a Facebook account?
No. To use Messenger, you must first create a FB account.
Can you contact someone on Messenger without being friends?
Yes, even if you aren’t friends, you can send messages to someone on Messenger. Your message, on the other hand, may arrive in their message requests. They will only see that if they check there.
For adding your phone contacts to FB Messenger, click on Phone Contacts > Upload Contacts from the Messenger app.
How many Messenger accounts can you have?
You can add up to five Messenger accounts on a single Messenger app on your phone.
To add an account, tap your profile picture in the Messenger app then tap Switch Account > Add Account > enter your information.
Can people find me on Messenger without Facebook?
Yes. In the Messenger app, people can look you up by name, email address, or phone number.
If you are like me then you may find Facebook annoying and wasteful. However, Messenger is important for keeping in touch with friends and family. I hope you can use the methods described in the article and continue using Messenger without a FB account. Share your thoughts with us.