Samsung explains mystery alert sent overnight

When you groggily reach over to shut off the alarm on your phone first thing in the morning, the last thing you want to see is a random notification from an app you don't recognize.

Overnight Samsung smartphone owners across the globe got a mysterious notification from the "Find My Mobile" app installed on all Galaxy devices. It seems like Samsung didn't take a leaf from OnePlus' notebook, as the company has inadvertently sent out a similar notification to its users worldwide.

Even worse, immediately after the test, the Z Flip's hinge made an odd, cracking sound when the phone was opened, and was pretty much unusable.

The notification was issued by Find My Mobile, according to this reddit thread, and showed up all of a sudden, without users logging in or making any changes to their accounts.

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I definitely didn't request one, and my only experience with "Find My" services is that if you ask them to locate your device they'll locate your devices. In order to perform these actions, the app has access to nearly all of the device permissions, which is why Samsung users have been freaking out after receiving the unusual notification.

And yes, I'm with you, Josh. This morning, Samsung UK confirmed in a tweet that, "This notification was confirmed as a message sent unintentionally during internal testing and there is no effect on your device".

The electronics giant said the alert would not impact any phones or devices, and that only a "limited number" of devices had received the alert. It didn't show up on our Samsung phones here at Softpedia.

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