How To Create Messenger Without Facebook?

by Khadija Anwar
5 minutes

Do you want to enjoy the perks of the Messenger app while you are on Facebook detox? Well, you have come to the right place. We can help you create a messenger without Facebook. 

Can you create a Messenger account without a Facebook account?

Short answer is No! But, you can deactivate your Facebook account and keep using Messenger.

Here’s why?

When you go to your Messenger app and tap on create a new account, it will redirect you to the Facebook sign-up page, which means you must have a Facebook account to use Messenger as a stand alone app.


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How to use Messenger without Facebook? 

Facebook has made it possible to use the Messenger app without Facebook. However, in order to use Messenger as a standalone app, you must already have a Facebook account.

If you don’t have one then here’s how to create one.

How to create a Facebook account?

Step 1: Sign-up on Facebook

If you don’t have the Facebook app then download the app and create one. 

Whereas, laptop or desktop users can go to the Facebook website from any web browser and tap “create a new account.”

Put personal info


Step 2: Enter credentials and other details
Fill out the required info and sign up on Facebook.

Put personal info

How to deactivate Facebook account to use Messenger as a standalone app?

You can deactivate your Facebook account from your Messenger account, as well as from your Facebook account.

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Deactivate Facebook account using Facebook app

Steps 1:

Tap the hamburger icon

tap hamburger icon

Step 2: 

Navigate to “settings & privacy” and tap it. Further, tap “settings”

tap setting

Step 3:

Tap “personal and account information”

tap personal account information

Step 4:

Tap “account ownership and control”

Tap-account-ownership -control

Step 5:

Tap “deactivation and deletion”

tap account deactivation and deletion

Step 6:

Tap “deactivate account”

select deactivate account

Note: Choose “deactivate account” to keep using Messenger without Facebook. If you choose “delete your Facebook account,” all messages and the Messenger will be deleted too. 

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Step 7:

Enter your Facebook password to continue deactivation process.

enter password

Step 8:

Provide the reason for deactivating your account

reason to deactivate

Note: At this point you might or might not be asked for how long you might want to deactivate your Facebook account as shown in the image below.

tap continue

Step 9:

Tap “deactivate my account”

tap account deactivate

Here’s a recap of the above steps


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Final preview
Once you have deactivated your Facebook account, you will be logged out of your Facebook.

Secondly, the deactivation option will be removed from the Messenger app. Whereas only deletion option will be available in the settings menu of the Messenger app as shown in the GIF below.



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Deactivate Facebook account using Messenger 

Step 1: Download and login to Messenger app

If the Messenger app is not already installed on your smartphone then download the Messenger app.

download-messenger- appOpen the app and enter your Facebook credential to login to your Messenger account.

enter-login-credentials in messenger

Note: Laptop or desktop users can go to to login Facebook Messenger.

Step 2:

Login to Messenger

log in messenger

Tap the profile icon

tap profile icon

Step 3:

Scroll down and Tap “account settings”

tap account setting

Note: Further steps are almost the same as done on the Facebook app.

Step 4:

Tap “account ownership and control”

tap account ownership and control

Step 5:

Tap “deactivation and deletion”

Put personal info

Step 6:

Tap “continue Facebook account deactivation” to proceed

Put personal info

Step 7:

Tap “deactivate account” and further tap “continue to account deactivation”

select deactivate account

Step 8: 

At this point you might be asked to enter your Facebook password to complete the deactivation process,

enter password


Note: Sometimes Facebook may ask you to enter your password to confirm deactivation, whereas sometimes it may not.


Otherwise, you will proceed to the next page to enter the reason for leaving and continue the deactivation process as done above for the Facebook app.

Choose the reason for leaving Facebook and tap “continue”

reason to deactivate

Step 9: 

Complete deactivation process by tapping “deactivate my account”

tap account deactivate

Now log back in to the app and start enjoying the perk of Messenger service.

Here’s a quick recap of the steps.



Can I sign up for Messenger if I don’t have a Facebook account?

No, you have to sign up for Facebook and set up your messenger. Then, later on, you can deactivate your Facebook account and keep using Messenger.

Can I use Messenger if I deactivate the account?

Yes, you download the messenger app on your phone. Enter deactivated account credentials, log in and start using Messenger. 

Khadija Anwar

Meet Khadija Anwar, an accomplished tech writer with over 500 published write-ups to her name. Her impressive portfolio can be found on the ContentStudio blog, LinkedIn, and the Fiverr platform.

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