Facebook Messenger login can now be done even without a Facebook account

Facebook Messenger login can now be done even without a Facebook account
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Facebook Messenger no longer requires a Facebook account. Starting today, new Messenger users in the US, Canada, Venezuela and Peru can sign up using a full name and phone number.

Messenger can still be used with a Facebook account; new users will see a “Log In With Facebook” button on the start screen, which imports contacts and links to their Facebook account.

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Facebook also encourages signing up with Facebook so users “take advantage of multi-device messaging across mobile devices, the web and tablets.” That suggests signing in with a name and phone number won’t sync your chats across devices.

Facebook says the aim is to reach more people. It’s worth noting that while creating a Messenger log-in won’t import contacts, the rest of Messengers services like video chat and stickers remain available.

Using Messenger without a linked Facebook account may make it more enticing for businesses as well. At its F8 conference earlier this year, Facebook debuted Messenger Business as a means to get consumers and brands or stores chatting. Not giving up a Facebook profile may make it more enticing to users, and a business could link any phone number to Messenger.

Sign Up for Messenger, Without a Facebook Account [Facebook]

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