Samsung users report phones sending photos to contacts without permission

Yolanda Curtis
July 5, 2018

Deny storage permissions for Samsung Messages in the Settings, and keep in mind to continue to deny them if you open the app! Until a real solution is released, this will prevent Messages from sending photos or anything else stored on your device, whether you want it to or not. It's not clear at the moment if other models are affected. The scariest part is that the default message app isn't showing that anything has been texted at all.

"Oddly enough, my wife's phone did that last night, and mine did it the night before", said Reddit user Sfkn123.

Users online on social media website Reddit began to complain that their phones had sent photos to contacts without asking them. The company also asks affected users to call the company's support line at 1-800-SAMSUNG with any complaints. To do that, visit Settings Apps Messages Permissions, then scroll down to Storage and toggle it off. Is T-Mobile your carrier?

Another user on a forum page on Samsung's website said they noticed Samsung Messages became "very buggy" after an update from the carrier.

It's an unsettling prospect for Samsung users who may have photos on their phones that aren't fit for public consumption.

Samsung owners anxious about the issue can go into their phone's app settings and revoke Samsung Messages' ability to access storage.

As for Samsung, the company has admitted that there's a problem, adding that it's looking into how to go about sorting it out.

The other option is to switch to a different texting app like Android Messages or Textra, which don't seem effected by whatever is plaguing Samsung's texting app (so far).

In another potentially embarrassing case, a Samsung Note 8 user reported that his scheduled text messages had been sent to the wrong recipients. The messaging standard is supposed to make texting look more like chatting in a modern messaging app, complete with reading receipts and typing indicators. RCS, or Rich Communication Services (RCS) is a replacement for SMS spearheaded by Google, which all four major U.S. carriers have signed on to supporting.

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