What a Deactivated Except Messenger Account (DEMA) is

In order to use Messenger without an active Facebook account, you’ll need to create a Deactivated Except Messenger Account (DEMA). DEMA is a type of account that allows you to use Messenger without having an active Facebook account.
When you have a DEMA:
  • You can still chat with friends on Messenger.
  • Your picture will only be visible in your conversations on Messenger.
  • Other people can search for you in Messenger and send you a message.
  • You won’t be searchable on Facebook.
  • You’ll have a deactivated Facebook profile that you can activate at any time.
  • You’ll need to confirm your birthday and may be asked to create a password for account security.
Note: If you previously had a Facebook account, but deactivated it, you can continue to use Messenger. Using Messenger won't reactivate your Facebook account.
Learn more about how to sign up for Messenger if you don't have a Facebook account to use Messenger.
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