Not Good: Samsung Phones Texting Photos to Random People

Sheri Evans
July 4, 2018

Users claim the issue stems from Samsung Messages, which is the default SMS app on all of Samsung's phones. This message doesn't show up on their end, but the other person's phone shows the message as if it was sent manually.

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.

A Samsung representative told The Verge that the company is "aware of the reports" and is "looking into it".

In the meantime, for Samsung owners concerned that their phone might be sending sensitive pics to random contacts, there are now two main fixes to this. Samsung says that it is aware of the issue and is investigating what is happening.

The glitch leaves no trace of shared data in the phone's messaging app. "However, there was record of it on tmobile logs".

Some Samsung users are complaining that their smartphones randomly sent photos and scheduled texts to contacts.

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A prevailing theory on the Samsung message board is that the bug is caused by a odd interaction between Samsung Messages and recent RCS (Rich Communication Services) profile updates that have rolled out on carriers including T-Mobile.

Troubleshooters have theorised that the issue, first reported by Gizmodo, may have been caused by an update to the smartphone's carrier settings, and Samsung's own Messages app.

For those of you looking for a workaround while the company tries to fix the problem, your options appear to be going into your device's app settings and revoking "Samsung Messages' ability to access storage".

'Oddly enough, my wife's phone did that last night, and mine did it the night before, ' said Reddit user Sfkn123. When ConsumerAffairs asked T-Mobile for comment, a company spokesperson referred us to Samsung.

It's still unclear what triggered the bug or how it works.

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