Samsung Messages bug randomly sending photos to contacts

Samsung Messages bug randomly sending photos to contacts

A handful of Samsung smartphone owners say that their phones have sent their stored photos to their contacts completely on their own. It only became apparent after the recipient alerted them.

If you'd rather stick with Samsung Messages, then you might want to make sure there aren't any salacious or embarrassing photos in your phone's gallery, because you never know who might receive them. The apparent bug isn't always texting out one or two photos from the user's stream: In some cases, it's exporting their entire gallery.

There's no definitive list of Samsung phone models affected yet, and the issue may be related to recent software updates pushed to phones. A Reddit user expressed their concern by saying "This sounds like a nightmare for me as I have lots and lots of clients in my phone". Go to the settings menu that handles apps' permissions and deny Samsung Messages' access to your storage.

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Samsung is encouraging those experiencing this issue to call the company directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG. Other Reddit posters have said their wives or other people on their shared family plans have received similar messages from other phones including the Note 8. It seems that, for whatever reason, Samsung Messages isn't playing nicely with the update. "However, there was record of it [in my] T-Mobile logs".

A spokeswoman for the tech giant said: "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it". This message doesn't show up on their end, but the other person's phone shows the message as if it was sent manually. However, T-Mobile told Gizmodo that the whole thing is "not a T-Mobile issue".

The update was meant to improve its capabilities by switching from the existing SMS protocol to the more capable RCS (Rich Communication Services).

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