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Samsung phones are sending photos to random contacts without permission

04 July, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Lydia Fleming

The seemingly misbehaving app is the default messaging tool on Samsung's Android devices.

Furthermore, the messages do not leave any trace that they were sent, leaving phone owners clueless on what just went out of their devices.

Deny storage permissions for Samsung Messages in the Settings, and keep in mind to continue to deny them if you open the app!

"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.

The T-Mobile update seems to be occurring automatically, and many users may not realize their phones have already updated.

Affected users are encouraged to contact Samsung directly until a fix is issued.

Users who encountered the bug say they didn't know the phone had sent out the photos, as they do not appear as sent messages. What's clear is that the bug is not device-specific or network-specific, with speculation regarding the cause of the bug revolving around recent Samsung Messages updates.


His phone showed no record of the photo gallery being transferred to his partner's number, though his provider recorded the action. He also said the app was displaying some messages as sent, when the other party had not got them.

Another Redditor said: "Give me a spontaneously exploding phone any day of the week, Samsung, instead of this nightmare scenario". RCS was meant to update the old short messaging system (SMS) protocol with new features.

Samsung and T-Mobile didn't immediately reply to CNET's requests for comment.

Samsung said it is aware of the problem and is investigating it further.

"We are not aware of any customers in Australia that have experienced this issue".

In the meantime, Samsung established a question and answer page to address the glitch.

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