I have taken a lot of photos, over the past couple of days, using the default 'Camera' App that came with my Huawei Mobile phone. I have since uploaded these Photos to my Computer, via Google Photos.

I have noticed that a small minority of these Photographs have had random letters inserted into their 'Title' and 'Subject' attributes. These are viewable when I right click on the Photographs and head to Properties > Details:

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The only pattern I have noticed is that these random letters only appear image files, where the photo was taken with the front facing camera. Even then, the `fbt' appearance is still intermittent.

I have also looked for patterns in the below but could find nothing:

  • Are attributes added for Landscape/Portrait images?
  • Does a specific Day/Time affect whether attributes are added or not?
  • Are attributes assigned, based on whether I am using WiFi or Mobile Data?
  • Is there a link with File sizes?
  • Could Google Photos be adding these entries?

It appears to be random. Has anyone else experienced this and/or have any idea what is causing this to occur?

Phone Details:

  • Make and Model: Huawei Honor 10 Lite
  • Model: HRY-LX1
  • Android Version: 10
  • EMUI: 10.0.0
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    \$\begingroup\$ I feel this is not really photography related, but is more about mobile (photo) app configuration. However I'm curious to see what this might be so I won't vote to close (for now). About the random characters: Is it always a three letter combination (like fbt) or is it sometimes an (English) word? \$\endgroup\$ Sep 28, 2020 at 13:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Have you try to transfer photos via cable, directly from phone storage and check if something change? \$\endgroup\$ Sep 28, 2020 at 14:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is it by any chance a Huawei phone? If you search Flickr for fbt you'll find many pictures with "fbt" as the title or description. When EXIF data is available it often lists a Huawei phone as a device. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 28, 2020 at 15:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RomeoNinov: I have not actually tried the Cable approach. I shall, as soon as I am able to and update accordingly. :-) \$\endgroup\$
    – Craig
    Sep 28, 2020 at 16:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ Any relation between these and the use of the front or back cameras? \$\endgroup\$
    – xenoid
    Sep 28, 2020 at 20:28

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Unfortunately, Huawei never did respond to my query relating to this question. As such, I am non the wiser as to why fbt is sometimes automatically populated to some of the photos taken in selfie-mode. Online searches bring up suggestions that this fbt refers to some optical related piece of hardware as well as the Metadata entry being a glitch in Huawei's software.

What I can tell you, however, is that I have since figured that such Metadata entries only appear in photos that have been taken with the 'Portrait' mode switched on.

I am unsure why, other than a possible software glitch, but at least the reason is now known; should anyone need to know. :-)


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