Although having a Facebook account is not for everyone, it is a requirement for users to set up Facebook Messenger and utilize this extensively used messaging service. Facebook didn’t have this need until a few years ago, and there was a simple way to signup and set up Messenger with simply your phone number. However, that option is gradually being phased out.
Can you set up Messenger without Facebook?
You can now only use Messenger if you have a Facebook account, or if you previously had one but later disabled it. That implies you can continue use Messenger as long as you haven’t deleted your account completely. And it’s this condition that users can take use of to set up Messenger without having a Facebook account.
Simply create a new, temporary Facebook account, connect it to Messenger, and then deactivate the shell account.
Method #01: Set up Messenger with a deactivated Facebook account
If you wish to use Messenger with a deactivated Facebook account, simply open the Messenger app and input the phone number and password associated with your Facebook account.
On the next screen, tap on Turn On to allow Messenger to access your contacts.
You may also set Messenger as your default SMS program to store all of your discussions in one place. Your Messenger app is now configured with a deactivated Facebook account.
Method #02: Set up Messenger without an active Facebook account
If you’ve never had a Facebook account (or have permanently deleted one), setting up the Messenger app is a three-step process.
Step 1: Create a Facebook account
Open the Messenger app and tap on Create New Account.
This will open up the mobile facebook site where you’re to enter your full name and click OK.
Enter your phone number, click OK.
Choose a password and hit Sign up.
Verify your phone number and your Facebook account will be created. Skip over all other things such as adding profile details, photos, or friends.
Step 2: Set up Facebook Messenger
Once the account is created, on the next screen tap on Go to Messenger.
Tap on Turn On to allow Messenger access to your contacts.
The Messenger app is now set up with your newly created shell Facebook account.
Step 3: Deactivate Facebook account
It’s now time to delete your Facebook account. It’s important to understand that you only need to deactivate the account, not destroy it completely. Here’s how to go about it:
Toggle to the hamburger icon in the Facebook app (three horizontal lines)
Scroll down to the bottom and tap on Settings & Privacy.
Under “Your Facebook Information”, tap on Account Ownership and Control.
Tap on Deactivation and Deletion.
With “Deactive account” selected, tap on Continue to Account Deactivation.
Give a reason to Continue.
Scroll to the bottom and under “Reactivate Your Account, tap on Automatically reactivate my account in:
Set this to Don’t reactivate automatically.
Then tap on Continue.
Check “Opt out of receiving future notifications from Facebook” and tap on Deactivate My Account.
Once you deactivate your Facebook account, you will get the following screen on the Messenger app:
Just tap on Continue to keep using Messenger.
Why you can’t use Messenger with your phone number alone (anymore)?
As previously said, you could start using Messenger with nothing more than your phone number, as should be the case with any Messenger service software. By just inputting and validating a phone number, one can easily create a Messenger account. However, Facebook removed this option in 2019, claiming that most Messenger users already have a Facebook account with which to log in, and that this would simplify the procedure.
Quietly fading out such a fundamental aspect of establishing a messenger service may not be everyone’s idea of simplifying things. Even if your Facebook account is deactivated, you can still use Messenger. And that’s all it takes to get started with Messenger without an actual, active Facebook account.