Facebook last month enabled users without an account to sign up for its Messenger app with just a phone number. The feature was then only available in Canada, the United States, Peru, and Venezuela. However, with the company's latest announcement, the sign-up access is now available globally.
David Marcus from the Facebook Messenger team on Thursday posted an image showing the feature, on his account, stating "Excited to announce that the ability for everyone to use Messenger, even without a Facebook account, is now available globally. Sign up with your phone number and try it out!"
With the latest update, users would now see an option stating "Not on Facebook?" on the welcome screen of Messenger. Tapping on the option gives users the sign-up page where they would have to feed their name, phone numbers and an account image. The users would get the same features like with those who already have a Facebook account and are using Messenger.
The social media website has lately been treating its messaging app as a separate platform altogether. Last month the app got its first Draw Something video game, which the users can play by accessing the three-dot 'More' option in the app. In May, the company also rolled out the video calling ability inside the app. In the same month Facebook also announced the a system to send money to friends for US customers, using the standalone app. The feature has not yet reached other regions as of yet. The firm would be using debit cards for cash transfers, a process which may take days to complete a transaction.