You Can Now Use Facebook's Messenger App Without a Facebook Account

Facebook's Messenger app isn't done evolving. Previously, users were given the capability to send money to their friends, make video calls and play games. Now, Messenger allows anyone to use the app even without a Facebook account, provided that they have a mobile phone number.

Last year, mobile users groaned as Facebook separated the chat feature from its app into another app. Facebook then added third-party apps for its Messenger and launched a standalone Web version earlier this year.

It may be worth noting that Facebook might be turning its Messenger app more into WhatsApp, which the social networking giant acquired for nearly $22 billion in 2014. WhatsApp also has a web version launched in January.

Facebook's WhatsApp reportedly has around 800 million monthly active users, according to CNN. In comparison, Messenger has about 600 million monthly active users.

There might be an impending merge between the two apps. It would make sense too as it would be an advantage against competing communication apps such as WeChat and China's QQ Mobile from Tencent. That would be possible if and only if the users were to accept the change with open arms.

Facebook's decision to allow non-Facebook users to use the Messenger app may be a wise one. Not all people across the globe has a social networking account, but most of them would have a mobile phone. Not all post status updates every day, but there are many who send SMS messages every hour. The move may be in line with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's vision of preparing for the "platforms of tomorrow."

What's more is that most of Facebook's acquisitions work independently. Instagram is still its own social networking platform for selfie addicts and photography lovers. Oculus is now set to launch its first consumer model in 2016. It is still unclear if Whatsapp will really be merged with Messenger or left alone.

Still, the benefits of logging in with a Facebook account can't be denied. Without it, the user won't be able to send a message to friends. Facebook engineer Louis Boval said that users will be able to take advantage of the multi-device messaging feature across all supported devices, Wired reported.

All users need to do is open the Messenger app, enter their name, phone number and a photo. Then, they are set to chat, call and send stickers to their friends.

It might be another way for Facebook to monetize on network carriers and providers. Previously, they were poised to compete with the likes of Amazon with its payment feature. Users who wanted to send money to their friends using Messenger were required to, of course, enter their debit card info. Facebook also rolled out the "buy" button on its social network platform, which pushes the company into the e-commerce path.

PayPal CEO David Marcus even joined Facebook to oversee messenger. The move foreshadowed the now rolled out payments feature on Messenger.

For now, Facebook's future plans are still unclear. Will they launch a large-scale mobile payment platform with the likes of Google's upcoming Android Pay or Apple's Apple Pay? Will Facebook merge Messenger and Whatsapp?


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