Facebook has silently removed the option to create a Messenger account without having a Facebook profile.
In 2015, the social network started allowing users to sign up to use the messaging platform without a Facebook account. Users were able to get access to Facebook Messenger by signing up using their full name and phone number. This update was for people in regions where Facebook was not readily accessible due to network limitations or government regulation.
According to the company, those who are already using the Messenger platform without a Facebook account will not be affected. The update only affects new signups as they are required to have a Facebook account to chat with friends and close connections.
“If you’re new to Messenger, you’ll notice that you need a Facebook account to chat with friends and close connections. We found that the vast majority of people who use Messenger already log in through Facebook and we want to simplify the process.”
You can even log in using your credentials from a deactivated Facebook profile. Majority of people who use Messenger already log in through Facebook and the company wants to simplify the process. If you already use the Messenger without a Facebook account, no need to do anything.