Samsung Messages app randomly sends photos to phone contact list

Some Samsung users say their phones randomly sent

Some Samsung users say their phones randomly sent

Heads up if you're a Samsung user - some phones have started randomly texting your photos without your permission.

Users' complaints on the official Samsung forums and Reddit indicated that their Samsung devices including the more recent models Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9 have been texting contacts at random without any notification. One user has even claimed that Samsung Messages sent all of the photos in their gallery to one contact late at night for no apparent reason. It also appears that the Messages app does not leave any evidence that the messages were sent, but users discovered them via their T-Mobile log.

One user said that his Galaxy smartphone sent ALL of his photos to his girlfriend. Both they and other Reddit users who reported the same problem found no record of the messages having been sent, either.

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The cause of the problem isn't clear either, but a current theory is that a recent T-Mobile update that allowed for advanced texting features (like reading receipts, typing indicators, and advanced media sharing) is the glitches' source. Errors included scheduled text messages ending up in the wrong threads.

Samsung has acknowledged the issue and said it teams are looking into the problem in a statement to the Gizmodo.

Samsung acknowledged an inquiry from Gizmodo that it was aware of the bug and that it is now working on a fix. Another reported that their device sent photos to their wife. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG". El Reg asked the chaebol for any explanation, and will let you know if we hear more. You can protect yourself or your pictures by revoking Samsung message's permission to access your photos. The second fix is to stop using Samsung Messages until the company says the issue has been resolved and switch to a third-party messaging app instead.

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