Samsung phone bug secretly shares your photos with rando contacts

Samsung phone bug secretly shares your photos with rando contacts

For those using a Samsung smartphone, this may be unnerving.

If you've been meaning to purge your phone of embarrassing or private photos, do it sooner rather than later. It's not clear at the moment if other models are affected. According to a post on Reddit, one user claims that around 2:30AM, their phone sent the entire photo gallery on the phone to the user's girlfriend. This means that some people who have been impacted by this bug won't really know what has happened until they're informed by the recipient.

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T-Mobile tells CNET "It's not a T-Mobile issue", adding "You'll want to check in with Samsung on this one".

Samsung says it's aware of the issue and is working to resolve the problem. Samsung's Gallery app has a Shared tab that allows users to share their photos to a contact without leaving the gallery.

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The issue is likely to be caused by United States carriers updating to Rich Communication Services (RCS), allowing handsets running Google's Android operating system to share high-res photos, participate in group chats and send read receipts.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, or the Galaxy Note 8, and are facing these issues, then you can contact customer care. T-Mobile was reached for comment, and a spokesperson insisted to The Verge that this is "not a T-Mobile issue". There is no intimation to the users that the files have been sent.

News of the problem started showing up in Samsung's community support forums and spread quickly across the techsphere. The photos are being sent out over the stock Samsung messaging app. Your other option seems to be switching to a different texting app, like Textra or Google's Android Messages app, which thus far appear to be unaffected.

KitGuru Says: This is an bad bug to have in your Messaging app, I think it's a nightmare scenario for many people just to have their images dumped to a random contact.

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