Facebook is ditching Messenger phone numbers, now a Facebook account is absolutely necessary. Is WhatsApp flourishing too?
In the past, you could use Facebook Messenger without your own Facebook account, but that finally ended. As Facebook announced these days on demand and had previously switched in the background, Facebook accounts are now absolutely necessary for new accounts on Facebook Messenger. Also, it is no longer possible to search for “new” contacts using phone numbers in Messenger. For former customers without a Facebook account, there should be a smooth transition.
“If you’re new to Messenger, you’ll find that you need a Facebook account to chat with friends and make connections,” a spokesperson said by email. “We noticed that the vast majority of Messenger users already log in through Facebook and we want to simplify the process.”
Facebook Messenger is removing the ability to find someone by entering their phone number pic.twitter.com/NzvtpsSun7
– Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) December 28, 2019
Facebook is merging its messengers
This is an interesting step, since Facebook wants to merge the infrastructures of the three internal messaging applications (Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram). If you no longer need a phone number for Facebook Messenger, the phone number in WhatsApp is still the necessary requirement. Funny, in a way.
At the moment, it is not clear how exactly Facebook wants to merge its messaging services. In some corners of the web now it is “feared” that in the future a Facebook account will also be required for WhatsApp. A perfectly conceivable option, but one that I personally don’t believe in. Anyway, that would only complicate WhatsApp further.