In what appears to be a mistake by the Korean OEM, Samsung users around the world are receiving a strange push notification from Samsung’s Find My Mobile app. As several users have reported, the notification simply reads “1” with another “1” below it and disappears when tapped on.
A few hours after people started reporting the issue, Samsung acknowledged that the message was unintentionally sent during an internal test.
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
— Samsung Help UK (@SamsungHelpUK) February 20, 2020
Apart from the latest Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Z Flip, users with Galaxy S, Galaxy A, and Galaxy J series Smartphones have also reported that they received a similar push notification.
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.
— Michael Fisher (@theMrMobile) February 20, 2020
Verge’s editor Dieter Bohn also received the notification on his Galaxy Z Flip, which he is currently using in the process of testing for review.
Here are some of the user reactions:
Anyone else get that find my mobile push notification that just about gave me a heart attack?
Jesus christ Samsung
— Josh Broom (@BroomDoom) February 20, 2020
Aw shit I got this weird "find my mobile" notif and my dumb ass clicked on it and nothing happened but I'm lowkey creeped out now
— I get called the jpeg man's whore (@SusetheViktoria) February 20, 2020
For those who don’t know, Samsung’s Find My Mobile Service Similar to Google’s Find My Device app allows users to find their phone in case they lose it.
This is not the first time an OEM sent out bizarre notifications to a wide audience. A similar incident happened to OnePlus last year, where users received garbled text and Chinese characters in what turned out to be a failed internal test for a software update.