Although Facebook is increasingly criticized today, it is still the most dominant social media platform, with nearly three billion active users per month.
In 2011, Facebook created a standalone Messenger app with text chat, as well as voice and video calling capabilities. It has proven to be extremely successful, currently gathering over a billion monthly users. The advantage of using Facebook Messenger is that you do not have to be tied to one phone number, as with WhatsApp. The downside is that of course you have to have a Facebook account. Or you?
The problem with Facebook is that even if you don’t use it much, you definitely know a lot of people who do it, and maybe some who do it exclusively, which makes it difficult to connect with them in any other way.
So what if you previously deleted your Facebook account? Can you use Messenger without Facebook? Let’s explore these issues and some less obvious ways to stay in touch with people important to you.
How to use Facebook and Messenger login on Mac
As with most Facebook-owned apps, you used to be able to use Messenger login without Facebook – all you needed was a phone number. However, in 2019, Facebook removed that option. If you try to open Messenger now, you will be greeted by logging in to your Facebook account.
The good news is that there is a solution that we will explain below. First, let’s see how you can generally access Messenger.
Facebook Messenger started as Facebook Chat – the only instant messaging feature within facebook.com. When Messenger was formed, it became available on iOS and Android, as well as on its own domain messenger.com. Only recently did Facebook Messenger get separate apps for Mac and Windows, which are essentially just web apps wrapped in the original software shell (also called progressive apps).
More importantly, it seems that Facebook Messenger is here to stay and will only get more power and features in the future. Messenger already has business messages, games, chat rooms, AI effects, bots and more. One of the latest add-ons allows you to send messages to your Instagram friends directly in the app.
So how can you use a Messenger login without Facebook right now to stay in touch with everyone?
Can you have Messenger without Facebook?
Technically, since the official separation in 2011, you don’t have to access Messenger through your Facebook page. You don’t even have to visit facebook.com.
Here’s the hole. Chances are good that you had a Facebook account at some point. What did you do with that? If you are like most people, your Facebook account is still active (although it is rarely updated) and you can only use it as your Messenger login online, without visiting Facebook.
Alternatively, it is possible that you have deactivated your Facebook account, thus removing your Facebook profile. If so, you can still sign in to Facebook Messenger online without reactivating your Facebook profile.
Finally, if you’ve permanently deleted your Facebook profile or (in some way) never had a Facebook profile, you’re a little unlucky because you’d have to create a new Facebook account to use Messenger.
So, if you have an active or deactivated Facebook account:
- Visit messenger.com
- Enter your email or phone number and password
- Click on Login
That’s it! You can now open Messenger without using Facebook.
If you deleted or never had a Facebook account, create it like this:
- Visit facebook.com
- Click Create New Account
- Enter your first and last name, email, password, date of birth and gender
You will also probably be asked to provide a phone number for verification purposes. If you do not want to give your phone number, you can use one of the divert services or a phone mask, such as Google Voice.
You also don’t have to go beyond that. Since you don’t plan to use Facebook, you don’t have to add any information to your profile, interests, photos, or even friends. You can still find your friends, and your friends can find you by phone contacts, name, email address, or phone number. You may end up in your friends’ message requests at first, but they only need to transfer you to their inbox once. Therefore, keep all your personal information to a minimum.
If you have decided to create more than one deactivated Facebook account for use with Messenger, keep in mind that the maximum number of Messenger accounts allowed is five at a time.
Now you can go ahead and actually deactivate your newly created Facebook profile right away – after all, you don’t really need it to actively use it. It’s just that you have the correct login to Messenger.
How to use Messenger without a Facebook account on a Mac
Now that you have your Facebook account deactivated, there are several ways to use Messenger to reconnect to everyone you know.
As mentioned above, if you want to use your Messenger login online, you can only log in to messenger.com.
To use mobile versions of Messenger, go to the App Store or Google Play, search for Messenger, download it and sign in with your login.
Finally, more than one option is available for Mac.
From 2020, you can install the official Messenger application for desktop computers:
- Launch the App Store on the Mac
- Look for Messenger
- Click Install
- Open the application
- Select “Sign in by phone or email”
- Fill in your Facebook credentials
- Click on Login
If you don’t believe the official Facebook app will be on your Mac (and there are many reasons for that), you can use Unite instead.
Unite is a wonderful tool that turns any web page into a native application on your Mac. Running on the WebKit 2 engine, Unite combines all web functionalities with the original functions of the application (eg port icon, menu bar, floating windows).
The best thing about Unite is how easy it is. All you need to do to create a native Mac app is enter a URL, give the new app a name, and add a custom icon if desired. That’s it!
Another option to open Messenger (as well as other instant messaging apps) on a Mac is via a messaging aggregator, such as IM +.
IM + is an all-in-one communication application that brings together all the most popular messaging tools, from Slack and Instagram to Skype and Facebook Messenger. You get access to all applications in one simple user interface, with the ability to organize the communication space exactly the way you want. Moreover, IM + supports the division of applications into business and personal, so you are not asked about upcoming presentations at 11 p.m.
As you can see, it is possible to use the Messenger login without Facebook, with the caveat that you must have at least a deactivated Facebook account. So, either log in with one or create a new Facebook account and deactivate it immediately for that purpose. And when it comes to a Mac, you can use the official Messenger app, create a new Messenger app yourself with Unite, or combine all of your messaging services with IM +.
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