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How Messenger works without Facebook

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Do you find that the Facebook app is too heavy for your mobile phone, are you exasperated by the notifications you receive continuously from it but you do not have the courage to uninstall it because you are afraid of losing access to Messenger chats? I am happy to inform you that your fears are unfounded: it is possible use Messenger without Facebook in total freedom! In other words, not only is it possible to take advantage of the Messenger app without having the Facebook app, but you can even use the messaging system without having an account on the most famous social network in the world at all.

Before explaining how to do it, however, let me tell you a few words about why this can happen: up until a few years ago, Messenger (which at the time was called “Facebook chat”) was a highly effective chat system. linked to Facebook, so much so that to talk to your friends it was essential to have the main app of the social network at hand, or at least access its website. Subsequently, Facebook engineers decided to “create” Messenger using the old chat, later replacing it with the integrated Facebook chat, but making it independent from the social network.

Having made this necessary premise, the time has come for you to get to work: take a few minutes of free time, make yourself comfortable and keep the smartphone, tablet or PC on which you want to use Messenger without Facebook at hand. I assure you that by carefully reading the instructions I am about to give you and putting them into practice you will be able to take full advantage of Messenger by getting rid of the Facebook app. At this point I just have to wish you good work and, why not, good conversation with your friends in chat!

How to use Messenger without installing Facebook

For use Messenger without Facebook, you must first get the appropriate app, if you have not already done so. Below you can find the instructions to proceed from Android, from iOS (therefore iPhone and iPad), from Windows 10 computer or tablet and through a “simple” browser.


Facebook Messenger for Android

If you have a terminal Android and you haven’t yet installed the Messenger, presses the icon of Play Store that you find in the app list of your device (the symbol ▶ ︎ colored), then type the word Messenger in the search bar at the top and presses the button in the shape of magnifying glass located on the keyboard. At this point, touch the icon of Messenger (the one in the shape of a blue “cartoon” with a white lightning bolt inside) and tap the buttons Install And I accept to start installing the app.

If you are reading this guide from your smartphone or tablet, you can press on this link and directly open the section of the Play Store dedicated to Messenger (if necessary, after selecting the link, touch the Play Store icon that appears in the small lower panel), then start the installation as seen above.

Once everything is complete, start Messenger via the icon on the app screen of your device, put the check mark next to the item I have a Facebook account, press the button Keep it going, enter theemail address (or phone number) and the password with which you usually log in to Facebook and tap the button Log in with Facebook.

At this point, press the button twice Not now (to skip synchronizing phone contacts and adding a phone number to Facebook), then on the button Skip, and that’s it: you just have to start chatting with your Facebook contacts!

Wait, are you telling me you can’t remember your password to log in anymore? Don’t despair, consult my guide on how to recover your Facebook password and you’ll see, you’ll be able to reset it in no time!


If you have a iPhone or a iPad, to install Messenger, start theApp Store selecting it from the main screen of your device (the icon of the letter “A” on a blue background), touch the icon Near found at the bottom right, type the word Messenger in the proposed search bar and presses the button Near located on the keyboard.

Once this operation is complete, tap the button Get placed next to the Messenger icon and authenticate via password, Touch ID (the fingerprint) or Face ID (iPhone X facial recognition) to complete the installation process.

Are you reading this guide directly from your iPhone or iPad? So I advise you to press on this link to enter the section of the App Store dedicated to Messenger, and then proceed to install the app as I explained to you a little while ago.

Once the installation is complete, start Messenger from the home screen of your device, press the blue button Log in with Facebook, enter yours in the appropriate boxes email address (or phone number) and yours password, then on the blue button Keep it going.

Now, if you do not intend to insert synchronize contacts in your address book or enter the phone number on Facebook, tap the buttons Not now twice, Skip, OK, twice Turn on notifications And Allow. That’s it: you just have to start chatting with your friends!

Windows 10 PC / Tablet

You have a tablet or computer equipped with an operating system Windows 10? Also in this case, the dedicated Messenger app is available! To install it, connect to the dedicated page on the Microsoft Store, then presses the button Open Microsoft Store which appears at the top.

Alternatively, you can access it from the app Windows Store as follows: click on its icon (a shopping bag with the Windows logo drawn on it) located on the bar at the bottom of the screen or in the menu Start/Start Screen (the flag-shaped button in the lower left corner), type the word Messenger on the search bar at the top and press Enter.

At this point, press the icon of Messenger and then on the button Get, then wait for the app to be installed. Finally, start Messenger from the Start menu or the Start Screen, enter the login credentials to Facebook in the appropriate spaces and presses the button Keep it going to access your contact list and immediately start chatting.

Use Messenger via the Internet site

Since, as I have told you several times, Messenger is an independent platform, it has a dedicated Internet site that you can use to chat from your PC with your favorite browser, without entering the main Facebook web page and without installing the app Messenger for Windows 10.

To take advantage of this possibility, connect to the Messenger Internet page, enter your Facebook login credentials where required and click on the button Log in (or press the button Continue as [Nome Cognome], if you are already logged in to Facebook in the browser): after a few moments the Messenger window is loaded, through which you can chat with your contacts exactly as you would through the dedicated app, and with the same features (emoji, Animated GIFs, contact blockers and so on).

Uninstall Facebook

Now, if you haven’t already done so, you can finally get rid of the Facebook app in the following way: press and hold the app icon, then, if your system is Android, drag it into the Trash can that appears at the top (or tap on the item Uninstall from the small menu that appears) and then presses on OK.

Regarding iPhone And iPad, after making a long tap on the app icon, presses on the small one X that appears in the upper border and you answer Delete notice that appears on the screen. For more information on how to uninstall apps, I recommend that you check out my tutorials on how to uninstall Android apps and how to uninstall iPhone apps.

How to use Messenger without a Facebook account

Wait, are you telling me that you really like Messenger but you just don’t want to sign up for Facebook to take advantage of it? I have excellent news for you: as I had the opportunity to explain to you at the beginning, you can also use the dedicated smartphone app without having a Facebook account.

In this way, using your phone number, you will have the possibility to chat with all the contacts in the address book that have the Messenger app, exactly as happens with apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram or similar. Proceeding is really simple: install the app for Android or iPhone as I showed you in the previous section and follow the instructions I am about to give you to the letter.


Once the Messenger app on Android is launched, select the option I don’t have a Facebook account, then presses the buttons Keep it going And Allow, enter yours where required telephone number, tap the button Keep it going and wait a few seconds for Messenger to automatically detect the code received via SMS.

At this point, type yours first name and yours surname in the dedicated fields, tap the button Keep it going, presses the button Take a picture or on the voice Choose from the gallery to set a personal image (you can skip this procedure by selecting the item Not now), finally tap the buttons Activate, Allow And Keep it going.

The configuration is finally finished: you can send a message by selecting the icon to cartoon shape located at the bottom right and, through the bottom bar of the app, access the various sections of the Messenger application (Contacts, Photo, Games and so on).


If you have a iPhone, after starting the Messenger app, touch the item Continue with the phone number, presses the button Keep it going, enter yours in the appropriate box telephone number, tap the button Keep it going, when requested, enter the code received via SMS, then yours first name, your surname and tap the button again Keep it going.

If you wish, add a personal image by tapping the buttons Choose from photos or Take a picture (you can skip this step by tapping the button Not now) and then select the keys OK And Allow.

Once all the configuration is complete, you may find yourself practically without friends to chat with: don’t worry, you just have to add the contacts in your address book! To do this, touch the icon People placed at the bottom, tap on the items Find telephone contacts And Synchronize contacts: after a few minutes, you will see all the contacts in the address book using Messenger appear on the screen, and you will have the opportunity to chat with them by phone number.