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You can now use Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account

The days of having a Facebook account to sign up for Facebook Messenger are over thanks to this recent news. Read all about it here.

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If you ever needed a reason to kick your Facebook account to the curb, the company may have a solution that still keeps you in their ecosystem. Starting today, users can sign up for Facebook Messenger without a FB account. Meaning all you’ll need is a phone number, fist name, and last name.

When a new user downloads the app, they’ll be presented with a new log-in screen. Instead of logging in with Facebook, newcomers can just simply tap the “Not on Facebook” option, which leads to another screen where they’ll enter in their name and phone number.

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Although having the ability to use FB Messenger without an official Facebook profile is great and all, it could make things confusing if you have multiple devices. In other words, a chat you see on your iPhone may not sync up with your iPad.

This is possibly a step in the right direction for the company if they have any intentions of making SMS obsolete, which still, may prove to be difficult.

Josh Constine from TechCrunch makes a great point in his original report:

Essentially, Facebook realized that not everyone wants a social network or News Feed, but everybody chats.

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