Google "glitch" turns your search request into a page showing your text messages

A Reddit user employing Google search on his Pixel 2 XL, accidentally typed an extra period into the Google search bar and received a surprise. Instead of a search result, he received a page showing his text messages. The Redditor typed "the1975..com" complete with the extra period. The page that popped up is exactly the same one that appears if you ask Google to "show me my text messages." The app must have the proper permissions to view the text messages, which users can disable if they want to by going to Settings > Apps > Google >App permissions and tapping the toggle to revoke SMS permission.

Most Android devices running the latest version of the Google app are susceptible to the glitch. Those totin' an iOS device will receive the search results for the website, which is exactly what should happen to Android users as well.

Besides "the1975..com," Reddit users found another search term that resulted in users seeing their text messages. Searching for "zela viagens" will trigger the same response.

So far, Google has not issued a statement regarding the glitch.


source: Reddit via 9to5Google

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5 Comments

1. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

It's not a Bug It's a ...feature!

2. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Google app Disabled since years, 1dt thing i do on each of my new phone

3. cozze02

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Why, do you have something to hide?

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1919; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It's not about having something to hide. Limiting the info you allow companies to collect on you is never a bad thing.

4. kg4icg

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 2008

Is not just the Pixel, it's all Androids that has this situation

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