Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Your Samsung cell phone could send your photos in random text messages

Your Samsung cell phone could send your photos in random text messages

The Samsung Messages app on these Galaxy devices erroneously send stored pictures to random contacts via SMS, Gizmodo has learned. Other devices are not facing the issue as of now.

"Last night around 2:30 am, my phone sent [my girlfriend] my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app", posted one Redditor.

Samsung spokesperson tells the users "We're aware of the reports and the technical team is looking on to it".

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The apparent bug has allegedly affected one of Samsung's newest smartphones, the Galaxy S9+ and S9, as well as the Note 8, which was released a year ago. 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. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG", Samsung said in a statement. The only workaround here is to disable storage permissions for Samsung Messages.

While the messages weren't logged on the user's device the messages did show up on logs maintained by the user's carrier T-Mobile.

The RCS is created to enhance the outdated SMS protocol with new features but it appears there is a problem in how the RCS is handled in Samsung Messages which is causing phones to randomly send pictures messages.

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A Samsung Messages glitch is sending random photos to users' contacts. A Galaxy Note 8 user indicated the same issue. But in all the forum threads, a solution seems to be to change to another texting app, such as the stock Android one or Textra. Hopefully Samsung releases an update soon that will fix the issue.

Update, 3:22p.m. PT: With Samsung and T-Mobile comments.

KitGuru Says: This is an terrible 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. The downside is that you'll have to turn permissions on again if you want to send photos or files through the Samsung Messages app.

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Numerous incidents seem to be affecting phones with T-Mobile, a carrier that recently rolled out updates with their RCS "advanced messaging" service.

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