Facebook intends to make a big change to how you can use Messenger.
Facebook is now allowing multiple Messenger accounts on one device — a boon to parents who want to let their kids use it but don’t want them to have their own device.
The social network has added support for multiple Messenger accounts, and made the feature flexible enough to allow parents to decide whether to set a password for any of the accounts, according to a TechCrunch report.
The new feature allows parents to access their kids’ accounts at any times to check up on them and make sure they’re only chatting with approved individuals. You can also lock your own account so that your kids can’t see what you’ve been texting about.
But it wouldn’t just be useful for parents and their children. It might be helpful to roommates who share a tablet. Everyone can have their own private, password-protected Messenger account. Everyone will be able to see how many notifications each individual user has, but that’s it.
Unfortunately, right now it’s only available on Android devices so Apple users are out of luck, but undoubtedly if the project proves successful Facebook will eventually make it available on any operating system that uses Messenger.
Earlier this month, Facebook announced it was testing this new feature.
Facebook wrote in a recent news release that it would be trying a lot of new things this year.
“You can expect us to keep trying new things, too,” the statement reads. “Our test of M, our digital virtual assistant, powered by human-trained AI, is going well. It’s still very, very early days, but the growing AI capabilities are bringing unparalleled convenience to simple, every day tasks like booking a restaurant, sending flowers, and making plans. There will be more innovative developments to come from Messenger this year.”