June 25, 2015
Facebook Messenger last month surpassed one billion downloads on Android, but the social network has a plan to boost that number even higher.
The social network on Wednesday announced that you no longer need a Facebook account to sign up for Messenger.
“With Messenger, we’ve been focused on creating the best messaging experience possible by giving people a fun and easy way to connect and express themselves with friends and contacts,” software engineer Louis Boval said in a blog post. “With this update, more people can enjoy all the features that are available on Messenger.”
The Messenger welcome screen now displays a prompt that says “Not on Facebook?” After clicking on the link, you can sign up with your name, phone number and a photo.
Facebook describes Messenger as a free stand-alone mobile app that enables you to text friends for free using their existing data plan and reach friends on their phones and the Web.
The app also allows you to start group conversations, share photos and include friends of friends in conversations. It also informs you who has received your messages and who hasn’t.
Messenger enables you to access your messages and chats as seamless conversations, receive free push notifications on your phones and switch between multiple conversations with in-app notifications.
The app is available on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices and can be downloaded here.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.