Don’t want a Facebook account but still want to keep in touch with your friends? No problem. The social media giant will now let you use its Messenger app without one.
Starting Wednesday, Facebook is rolling out this feature for smartphone owners in the U.S., Canada, Peru and Venezuela. Support for additional countries is expected to come at a later date. When the Messenger app is launched in one of the listed countries for the first time, users will be greeted with two options: “Log in with Facebook” and “Sign up with Messenger.” After picking the latter option, all that’s needed to sign up is a mobile number, name and photo. Contacts can also be imported into messenger for easy access.
After logging in or signing up, users will have access to all things Facebook Messenger, such as photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling and stickers.
Facebook had previously tested a similar sign-up method in 2012 on Android in a limited number of countries, including India, Australia, Indonesia and South Africa, according to TechCrunch. But it killed the feature a few months later.
Facebook’s Messenger app currently has 700 million users, a 100 million increase from March, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a shareholders meeting in June, according to USA Today. The app first launched in 2011. Last year, Facebook removed the messaging feature from its core app, forcing smartphone owners to download the Messenger app to continue chatting with other users of the social network.