Facebook announced Tuesday that it is testing a new feature called “Account Center” that will allow users to control the integrations between their Facebook account, Messenger, and Instagram. The feature, which can be accessed from the “Settings” menu in all three applications, will also allow users to enable or disable features such as “Single Sign On“, which allows users to have one-time authentication for all services owned by Facebook.
The Account Center will offer three types of account linking options. As you can see from the screenshots, the first one is “Post and Share Stories“, which will allow users to post their Stories and updates to each application. Next up is “Facebook Payment Information“, which will allow users to authorize payments through their linked Facebook payment details. Lastly, there is a “Sign in to all accounts” option that would allow users to log in to all Facebook-owned services without having to re-enter their login details for each application separately.
According to Facebook, the Account Center will also give users the option to sync changes to their name and profile picture across these three services. However, it will not force users to use the same identity in all Facebook applications. For example, “you can still choose to be Aisha Ahmed on Facebook … and @bakersdozen on your Instagram account,” the company said.
For US users, the company is also adding Facebook Pay to the Account Center, allowing users to enter their payment information once on Facebook and then use the payments service to make secure purchases and donations on Facebook and Instagram.