Weird Android glitch exposes all your text messages

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A strange glitch  has been discovered on Android that results in user’s private text messages being displayed in the Google app.

According to people posting on Reddit, when a users types the1975..com into the app it displays all their recent text messages.

According to users, the glitch affects Samsung, Huawei, Pixel, OnePlus, LG and Motorola devices.

The glitch was discovered purely by accident by a user who was trying to visit the websites of the indie band The 1975. However, without realising they made a typo adding two full stops instead.

“For some unexplained reason when I type in ‘the1975..com’ (specifically with two periods) into my search bar on the default pixel launcher it displays my recent text messages through Google. It’s like just about the weirdest glitch I have come by. Is this combination just a super random coincidence or is there something else going on?” they wrote on Reddit.

The glitch then gets even stranger after more users reported the same thing was triggered by other words such as “vizela viagens,” “zela viagens,” or “izela viagens”.

“It [happens]to me when searching for a travel agency in my home town. ‘Vizela viagens’ Just in case it helps debugging,” another user wrote.

While the cause of the glitch isn’t known, it is likely to be linked to the “show me my text messages” feature via Google Assistant.

There’s no evidence the glitch has resulted in anyone’s security being compromised.

However, if you are concerned you can restrict the Google app from accessing your text messages. You can do this by going to Settings > Apps > App Permissions > SMS and turning off the permission for the Google app.

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