Facebook Messenger is now available to anyone across the globe to use and the social media network is now allowing you to use its messaging service without a Facebook account.

Previously, users in the U.S, Canada, Venezuela and Peru were allowed to sign up and use Messenger without a Facebook account.

This allowed for the service to be used by anyone, anywhere and at anytime.

However, the social media giant still recommends that users sign up with their Facebook account to sync chats and contacts between devices.

Facebook Messenger Stand Alone App

Messenger also allows you to send and receive payments between contacts in the U.S, as long as you register a debit card issued from a recognized U.S bank. Users can also enter in their Facebook password to provide more security features for the next time money is sent.

To send money you simply:

  1. Open a chat with the friend you want to send money to
  2. Click the $ sign and enter the amount you want to send
  3. Click Next to add your debit card and then click Pay

This is a potential rival to PayPal, although Facebook isn’t offering the service to business users and has no plans on making money with its payments solution thus far.

Facebook is expanding more features for its users, as the company is currently experimenting with a “watch later” button on video, which allows someone to save their spot and resume later when watching video.

This standalone Messenger app will also compete against the Facebook owned WhatsApp Messenger, which now has more than 800 million active users around the world.