Messenger requires you to have a Facebook account in order to log in to the Messenger app. Facebook leading messaging app Messenger even allowed you to sign up into the app using your phone number. Facebook left you with a choice to sign up into the app by using either your phone number or your Facebook account. But hereafter, the new users will not be given a choice. And they will have to use a Facebook account to use the messenger app.
From 2015, Facebook started allowing users to just sign up into the Messenger using a phone number. And the users can also use their Facebook account to sign up into their Messenger app. Now, the Messenger websites help center says, “you’ll need to create a Facebook account to use Messenger. “ But, if you are already an existing user of the Messenger and using a phone number sign up option, you do not have panic cause this does not apply to you.
The new rule only applies to the New users who will be wanting to sign up using a phone number rather than a Facebook account. Those new users will need a Facebook account to sign up. If you have an old Facebook account, you can just sign up using your old account. Or you will have to create a new account and then sign up into the Messenger app and use it well.
The company also confirmed that the change is true to the Venture beat and said, “the vast majority of people who use Messenger already log in through Facebook.“ Also, they added that they are doing it to simplify the process through a single gateway. The Messenger app has been receiving some complaints after the transition of the gateway since 2015.
Users say that the app keeps telling them that their account has been restricted. This has been happening for some who signed up using their phone numbers. So, this move might reduce the difficulties faced by the Messenger users. Another reason for this move might be the plan for making Facebook all messaging apps interoperable. The tech giant Facebook might be thinking about making WhatsApp, Facebook, and Messenger apps interoperable.
Users can comfortably send messages between all these apps of Facebook and enjoy the services at once. Moreover, a lot of people use WhatsApp and other Facebook-owned apps. Especially, the WhatsApp as the security and privacy provided by it is wonderful.
A report says there are 1.5 billion active users for WhatsApp, 1.3 billion active users for Messenger, and 1 billion active users for Instagram. With all major apps having these many active users, Facebook has been thinking about integrating all three services. The New York Times reported in January that Facebook three services would be integrated together, joining three billion people all around the world.
Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in January, “We plan to start by making it possible for you to send messages to your contacts using any of our services, and then to extend that interoperability to SMS too.“Source
Also, Facebook just paid $55 per user to acquire WhatsApp earlier in 2014. Now, Facebook has been earing more profit through that app, which it did buy for less money. Zuckerberg also said that in today’s world, privacy-oriented apps are more important than open platforms.