You don’t have to love Facebook to love Messenger.
The latter is a great instant messaging app and now Facebook is allowing anyone to use it, even if they’re not a part of the social network. It’s the next step in making Messenger its own, self-sustaining product after separating it from the Facebook mobile app.
To sign up sans Facebook, users will need a name, phone number, and photo.
“With Messenger, we’ve been focused on creating the best messaging experience possible by giving people a fun and easy way to connect and express themselves with friends and contacts,” Facebook says. “With this update, more people can enjoy all the features that are available on Messenger.”