Facebook redesigns Messenger app for multiple accounts on one device
In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg, File/AP Photo)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 19, 2016 6:36PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook has redesigned its popular Messenger app so several people can use it on the same smartphone or tablet without relinquishing their privacy.
The update announced Friday initially will only be available on devices running on Android, the world's most popular mobile operating system. Facebook didn't set a timetable for making similar changes to its Messenger app for Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad.
The new feature will accommodate multiple accounts without allowing people sharing the more versatile app to get into each other's queue of messages.
Facebook added the ability to switch accounts within the Messenger app after getting requests from people who share their smartphones and tablets with family and friends.
More than 800 million people currently use Messenger.