Samsung phones sent photos to random contacts, users say


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.

A Samsung representative told The Verge that the company is "aware of the reports" and is "looking into it". "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG". Unfortunately, these updates may have interacted badly with Samsung's Messages app, according to the report.

If you have a Samsung phone this would seem to be relevant information for you.

Owners of Samsung phones have taken to Reddit and the official Samsung support forums to complain about the problem, and so far Samsung has been unable to come up with either an explanation or a solution.

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A quick fix, as per the report, is that the users can revoke Samsung Messages' permission to access storage that will enable to avoid the bug from sending their files. They have recently issued its RCS update with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. There was a record of the message in that person's phone carrier logs, but not within the app. In some cases, users reported the phone sending out normal photos, while in others the phone grabbed emojis and other image resources from the phone's storage. The bug has apparently showed up on a number of Samsung phones, including newer ones like the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S9.

Users said the issue is occurring through the Samsung default text message app and not through other SMS apps such as Android Messages or Textra.

One of the possible reasons adduced for such a puzzling situation is the recent Rich Communication Service (RCS) updates that have been rolled out for phone carriers. Many users turned to Reddit to voice their complaints. The issue is from Samsung's end as T-Mobile has confirmed its not an issue from its end.