Users can now sign up to the Facebook’s messenger service without having the Facebook Account. After showing some changes in user-interface, the company has revealed on Wednesday that its messenger users can now sign up to the service through their phone numbers.
“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, ” Facebook said in a blog post.
“For those who have Facebook accounts, there are many benefits to using your Facebook credentials when signing up for Messenger. People can easily message with their Facebook friends and contacts, access their Facebook messages and take advantage of multi-device messaging across mobile devices, the web and tablets.”
The latest update, the app prompts the user with an option – “Not on Facebook?”. If the user opts for “NO”, the accountless system will ask users to enter their first name followed by the last name and the phone number and a optional photo , same as the company’s WhatsApp messenger.
However, the users will be able to connect with existing friends by the allowing the app to the saved contact numbers in the phone. It will match them with the numbers stored in the Facebook’s database, associated with profiles.
The change will roll out first in US and Canada, Peru and Venezuela before reaching to other countries.