Samsung phones are randomly sending photos to contacts

Yolanda Curtis
July 3, 2018

One small example of that is a new Samsung phone bug that texts the user's photographs to random people in their contacts lists without them knowing it. Samsung users have reported about the problem on the company's official forums, on Reddit, etc.

"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. What's even worse is that the app reportedly leaves no evidence of photos being sent, which means users won't know when their phone may have unwittingly sent sensitive photos to a friend or co-worker until some time has passed.

One user said that his Galaxy smartphone sent ALL of his photos to his girlfriend. He also added that he has never used the Shared tab in Samsung Gallery app, which lets users send photos through messaging apps, email or social media without leaving their photo gallery. "Might be worth checking logs on your carrier's site, because it happened on my T-Mobile Note8". Samsung Messages is the default messaging app on Samsung phones. He wrote that the app was sending scheduled messages early, that some messages were ending up in wrong threads.

"We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it", a Samsung spokesperson told Mashable over email.

Affected users are encouraged to contact Samsung directly until a fix is issued. This is exactly what some Samsung devices are doing as reported by a number of different users online.

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.

So we're asking - is this affecting you?

This can be done by going to Settings - Apps - Samsung Messages - Permissions - Storage.

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