How to Use Messenger Without Facebook
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Just because you’ve sworn off Facebook doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of all Messenger has to offer! These simple steps will have you using Messenger in no time at all, without starting a Facebook account.

Why Use Messenger?

Facebook Messenger is now one of the biggest messaging platforms worldwide, with over 900 million users worldwide.

Much of the app’s popularity comes from Facebook’s ongoing insistence that it be a separate app (you can now no longer access messages through the Facebook mobile site). So, one motivation for using Messenger is that it’s highly likely most of your friends are using it as well!

If that’s not enough to convince you, Messenger is also evolving far beyond just another way to chat with your friends. In fact, recent updates and upgrades to Messenger 21 Hidden Facebook Messenger Tricks You Need To Try Right Now 21 Hidden Facebook Messenger Tricks You Need To Try Right Now Facebook and various partner apps are making Messenger even more powerful, and there are now dozens of really interesting things you can do directly from Messenger itself. Take a look at these! Read More are making it obvious that it is slowly becoming a powerful multipurpose app.

Seriously, you want to order an Uber? Messenger. Need to make a voice or video call? Messenger. Want to play a game against your friends? Messenger. And don’t even get me started on all the different ways the app allows you to send GIFs, stickers, photos, or edited images to your friends.

As well, a recent update now allows you to encrypt your Messenger conversations You Can Now Enjoy Secret Facebook Messenger Conversations You Can Now Enjoy Secret Facebook Messenger Conversations Facebook now lets you encrypt all of your Facebook Messenger conversations. Once enabled, you can enjoy Secret Conversations safe in the knowledge nobody else is listening in. Read More . End-to-end encryption guarantees that no one other than you and the other people included in a message can read what you say. This update brings the app’s security on par with other popular messaging services such as WhatsApp.

Why Avoid Facebook?

There are a lot of legitimate reasons that many people choose not to use Facebook.

For starters, many people are frustrated by Facebook staples 5 Things People Do On Facebook That Drive Me Crazy 5 Things People Do On Facebook That Drive Me Crazy How does one fall victim to Facebook fatigue? While that's a question that is conditional to the temperament of each individual user, I can bet that experiencing any of the following five antics will have... Read More like pyramid schemes, political debates, and pointless status updates. For these users, there’s no point in using a social media site that fills them with rage!

Others just aren’t interested in keeping up with friends online. These users would rather catch up over a cup of coffee or on the phone instead of through liking each other’s perfect social media posts.

Beyond these concerns, security concerns have plagued Facebook users for years. Facebook is now one of the primary ways to register for several services online and your data are constantly tracked It Doesn't Matter If You're Not On Facebook: They're Still Tracking You It Doesn't Matter If You're Not On Facebook: They're Still Tracking You A new report claims the Facebook is tracking people without their permission. It doesn't matter if you don't use social networking service: they're still watching you. What can you do about it? Read More . Those who want to protect their privacy and limit the amount of information available about them online may also refuse to open a Facebook account.

Downloading Messenger Without a Facebook Account

So, if you don’t have Facebook, how on earth are you supposed to use Facebook Messenger?

Thankfully, the process is easier than you may think. First, go to the App store for your brand of phone and download the Messenger app. Once you download it to your phone, open the app.

When you open the app for the first time, you will see a screen that offers you two choices. You can choose to “Sign in with Facebook” or “Continue with phone number”.

Select “Continue with phone number”. You will be asked to confirm that you want to continue without using an existing Facebook account.

Next, you are prompted to enter your phone number, and are then texted a confirmation code.

Once you confirm this code, you are asked to enter your name so that people can find you on the app. Once this is done, you’re ready to begin using Messenger!

Setting Up Messenger Without a Facebook Account

After you activate your account there are still a few settings to finalize!

First, Messenger prompts you to upload a photo of yourself so that other users can recognize you.

Next, it asks if you want to add your contacts to Messenger. If you grant the app these permissions it will continuously access your contacts and automatically add them to your Messenger address book.

If you choose not to automate this process, you can still add your contacts one-by-one to your Messenger account. This can be done by searching for their phone number (if they have their phone associated with their Messenger) or entering their name into the ‘To’ field. You may have to search through several profiles before finding the person you’re looking for!

This Isn’t to Say That Messenger Is Perfect

Messenger is becoming a pretty great app, but it still isn’t perfect.

Many users find that the app uses a significant amount of battery power. In fact, this effect is so obvious that Facebook actually released an app called Messenger Lite Facebook Messenger Lite Is the App We've All Been Waiting For Facebook Messenger Lite Is the App We've All Been Waiting For If your Android smartphone is running slow or running out of battery too quickly, one app might be to blame: Messenger. The good news is Facebook has launched Messenger Lite. Read More  designed to save battery by limiting the number of features available. While this app is technically targeted at users in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela, you can download it on your Android phone by following Mihir’s steps in the article just linked!

If you want to use Facebook’s messaging system without downloading Messenger, it’s unfortunately getting harder and harder to do so. Your best bet is honestly to do all of your messaging from a computer — it’s frustrating, but it will work.

Do You Use Messenger?

Despite how popular Messenger is, it’s still not the norm — the circles in my Messenger app  Facebook Messenger Icons and Symbols: What Do They Mean? Facebook Messenger Icons and Symbols: What Do They Mean? We've researched the most common icons and symbols on Facebook Messenger to find out what they mean and what purpose they serve. Read More show that a large percentage of my Facebook friends don’t use the app!

Are you a Messenger user? If so, what is your favourite thing to use it for?

If you don’t use Messenger Don't Want To Use Facebook Messenger? 6 Slick Alternatives To Try Don't Want To Use Facebook Messenger? 6 Slick Alternatives To Try Use these Facebook Messenger alternatives to keep in touch with your Facebook contacts while on the go, if you do not want to use Messenger for whatever reason. Read More , what alternative do you use? Why do you prefer it? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Scott
    October 28, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Can I use messenger on my PC without joining Facebook or a mobile phone --just on my PC??

    If not is there another service that I can send photos and videos to someone other than trying to do it with email?

  2. PBR
    May 12, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Signal is the only secure messaging app.
    I don't use any others.

  3. DancerProSlay
    February 25, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    hey so I have messenger without having a facebook account on my android, but I switched now to an iPhone 5s,I tried downloading messenger on my IPhone so my account transfers in that phone as well but it doesn't work.Because I don't own a facebook account and I just have messenger I don't think I can have messenger in two devices.Is that true?Or theres a way for logging into messenger in 2 devices when you have an account connected just to your phone number?If anyone knows please answer

    • Paul S
      November 3, 2018 at 2:27 am

      I'm having the same problem. You cannot "create a new account" with messenger lite. And when trying to log in to my existing messenger (not fb) account, it says Login with Facebook (no other option) and when I input my number, "incorrect phone number, doesn't appear to belong to an account"

      So I conclude messenger lite is only for a Facebook account, I guess I will have to create one and then never use it !

  4. IchabodCrayne
    February 18, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    A few friends using fb who want to send me pics, vids or snippets they've found have said they cannot because I don't use msngr.
    fb app and msngr app are sadly, pre-installed on my device so I thought I'd at least try msngr out. (I long ago had my fb account fully deleted.. yeah I believe it too)
    I cannot use messenger on my device without signing up on fb. Is this a glitch because both apps are pre-installed, who knows?
    I downloaded and tried msngr lite and fb sign up is mandatory as well. So can I use msngr without fb? Apparently not.
    No big deal as I have zero trust in anything associated with fb anyway.
    I simply use the stock messaging app on my device. Missing something from fb is a far bigger issue for those trying to share it with me than it will ever be for me.

    • Vina
      March 25, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      FB was bloatware on my phone as well, but if you go into Settings>Apps>Facebook, there should be an option to disable the app. You still can't delete it, but that might work for you? Not 100% sure, I haven't tried this since I use Facebook over my browser...

  5. Dixie McCombs
    January 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Messenger is often the only way I can reach someone. There is always someone I know that forgets to pay their cell phone bill. When their cell is off, they can't be reached by calling or texting. Messenger is not affected when someone's cell service has been suspended or when they are in an area where service is unavailable,

  6. Jeanette
    August 8, 2017 at 1:56 am

    If you've deactivated you're FB account and delete the app on your phone, will the messenger app that came with FB continue to be active?

  7. Louitzki
    July 31, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    After I logged in (non-fb account), I can't find the "switch account".

  8. Yasmeen
    June 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I prefer messenger as group calling is easily available and possible with many friends at a time.

  9. Lukas
    June 26, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I think Just Messenger works without fb account not Messenger lite. What is your experiences?

    • mark
      August 27, 2017 at 6:10 am

      yes, totally correct. The bloated POS that is messenger doesn't require a facebook account but it does require access to your contacts. the lite version requires a facebook account.
      down the track they are going to stop bloated messenger and force people to sign up to facebook to use the lite version

  10. Yasmeen
    June 20, 2017 at 10:11 am

    My husband and I both are using Messenger registered to our mobile numbers and by NOT signing Facebook account. I have made few groups on Messenger and want to add my husband's messenger as well, but i am unable to add him. I don't get list of users to be added while they appeared for other users in the group (all others are facebook users, while me and my husband are not). Any Suggestion? Also just wanted to ask, if I switch over to a new handset and install as well as register again with my same mobile number, will all the groups that I made be removed/disappear?

  11. Ceyda
    June 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I changed my phone, now how can i log in again on me facebook messenger on my new phone? I don't have facebook account, i made it through my phone number to use messenger only.

    • Bret
      August 10, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      I need the answer to this as well

      • Raul Sofia
        December 9, 2017 at 11:33 pm

        i've the same problem

      • Anne
        December 16, 2017 at 3:32 am

        Me too!
        Did you solve it?

    • Conny
      December 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      I have the same issue did you find an answer

    • DancerProSlay
      February 25, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      I have the same problem!!!! Did you find any aswers???Please reply

    • Stephanie
      July 13, 2018 at 7:16 am

      I'm having the same issue.

    • Sslb
      September 17, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      I also have this issue. Still no fix?

  12. Ceyda
    June 3, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I changed my phone, how can I log in again on my facebook messenger, I made it through my phone number?

  13. Bek
    May 30, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I'm trying to get messenger with the app but it keeps saying it's sent me a verification code to my phone number. But I don't get it. Any suggestions on what I can do?

  14. Thomas
    January 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Doesn't work on my iPad. I downloaded the app to my Android phone, and everything worked as described. I then downloaded the app to my iPad, but on the logon screen I have the option of filling in email or phone number and password.
    If I enter my phone number and the verification code from the activation of my phone, I get the message "Wrong phone number" (or similar, its not in English).
    If instead I click the "I don't have a FB account" I'm redirected to FB's sign up page.
    So basicly I'm not able to use it on my iPad.
    Same problem on on my desktop.

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that Thomas – did you try reaching out to the Messenger support team? Really disappointed that this didn't work out for you!

  15. Rusty
    November 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Don't install messenger or facebook, they both chew up resources like crazy! For messenger use DISA for fb use your browser and close out when done.

    • Briallyn Smith
      November 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      That's not a bad suggestion either, Rusty :) I use fb on my mobile browser too – gotta conserve that battery life!

  16. Pilleriin
    November 11, 2016 at 10:40 am

    ok, but how to use FB chat without Messenger? no way via FB app, just via browser.
    for example I don't like Messneger app at all.

    • Briallyn Smith
      November 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Unfortunately, they're making it more and more difficult to access Facebook messages on your phone without the Messenger app – it's really frustrating :( Maybe the new updates on the app will make it worthwhile for you?