Samsung phones reportedly sending photos to contacts without permission

Kelley Robertson
July 3, 2018

A glitch in Samsung's mobile Messages app is reportedly transferring photos and pictures at random to users' contact lists.

Only users who updated to the latest version appear to be affected, according to users who discovered and reported the issue on the /r/GalaxyNote8 subreddit.

They only discovered when the recipient of these photos answered back inquiring about the mysterious messages.

"Last night around 2.30am, my phone sent [my girlfriend] my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app", one Reddit user complained.

Samsung acknowledged an inquiry from Gizmodo that it was aware of the bug and that it is now working on a fix. In the meantime, you can switch to a third-party messaging app like WhatsApp, Signal, or Facebook Messenger to send all the photos you want to the right people. There was a record of the message in that person's phone carrier logs, but not within the app.

Furthermore, the messages do not leave any trace that they were sent, leaving phone owners clueless on what just went out of their devices. The good news is, Samsung is aware of the issue and is looking into it.

This doesn't seem to be an isolated case as some users have commented in the same post that they too have experienced the problem. Errors included scheduled text messages ending up in the wrong threads. Samsung Messages is the default messaging app on Samsung phones.

There's a theory on Samsung's forums that this bug has something to do with the recent Rich Communication Services updates that carriers have been rolling out in the United States. Until then, there are two easy fixes for the concerned users: 1. So for Samsung Galaxy users, this means that the best way to now get around the bug is to avoid Samsung Messages entirely or revoke its permission to access your photo gallery.

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