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The curious case of the Find My Mobile notification, cracked.

If You Got the Weird ‘1 1’ Text from Samsung Last Night, Here’s Why

Samsung Galaxy owners awoke to a curious notification in the middle of the night on Thursday. Samsung’s “Find My Mobile” app, which comes pre-installed on devices like the foldable Galaxy Z Flip, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy Note 10, popped up with a weird message that only said “1” with another “1” right underneath the subject.

If you tapped on the notification, nothing really happened, as Twitter users reported this morning. Touching the message only made it disappear, perplexing people even more.

Huh. Girlfriend and I just had exactly the same Samsung push notification: her Note 10+ and my Galaxy Z Flip each alerted with a Find My Mobile notification. When tapped, it disappeared. Different Samsung accounts on each phone.

Theories? pic.twitter.com/0NgVCWAjBe

Anyone else get that find my mobile push notification that just about gave me a heart attack?

Jesus christ Samsung

Even weirder: Many people also said the app was draining their battery at an unusual pace. One Galaxy owner, Alex Rhynold, tweeted that the app used 20 percent of his battery life. It’s not clear if these issues are related, but it sounds like it may be a coincidence.

A Samsung spokesperson told Popular Mechanics that the error has not interfered with their devices in any way:

“The notification was inadvertently sent to a limited number of Galaxy devices. We can assure our users that this notification does not affect their devices in any way. We sincerely apologize to our customers for the inconvenience this may have caused and will ensure that a similar incident doesn’t occur in the future.”

@SamsungMobile So myself and many other Samsung users have all reported receiving a notification from the “Find My Mobile” app saying “1”… I clicked it and nothing happened. Check app info and it used 20% of my battery? Did all our phones just get hacked? pic.twitter.com/Qjg97N0h9Q

Find My Mobile is actually pretty useful, which is why this is a bit unusual. If you’re a Galaxy owner, the app can help you track down your lost or stolen phone; lock down your phone, Samsung Pay, and the power button; ring your phone to help you locate it; and even back up your data through the cloud in the event you don’t recover it.

The snafu appears to have merely been a testing error, according to a tweet from Samsung U.K. About three hours after users began noticing the error, the company wrote that the issue occurred on a “limited number” of Galaxy devices, though it looks like users from around the world have been impacted.

Recently, a notification about “Find My Mobile 1” occurred on a limited number of Galaxy devices. This was sent unintentionally during an internal test and there is no effect on your device. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers. ^LF

Naturally, it took no time for the memes to squeeze through the cracks.

Every Samsung user after getting the Find My Mobile 1(1) push notification: pic.twitter.com/iiZVxWX0rY

No one:

Samsung Find My Mobile: 11

Samsung users: pic.twitter.com/Ns0ccPPX5o

Samsung sending that “find my mobile” notification out worldwide to all its users for absolutely no reason pic.twitter.com/oQC58qNKlA

February 20, 2020, 11:23 a.m.: This story has been updated to include a comment from Samsung.

This Article was first published on popularmechanics.com

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