Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Samsung phones sent photos to random contacts, users say

Samsung phones sent photos to random contacts, users say

A glitch in the latest version of the Samsung Messages texting app that comes pre-installed on all Samsung phones is sending random pictures to users' contacts.

A Reddit user reported their Samsung phone sent their entire photo gallery to their girlfriend.

Frighteningly, the app doesn't even show users that the files have been sent - they're only finding out when they get a response from the recipient of the random photos. Both they and other Reddit users who reported the same problem found no record of the messages having been sent, either. Samsung said in a forum post that it was aware of the issue.

A spokeswoman for Samsung Australia confirmed the company was investigating the problem but had yet to verify if it was a bug and whether Australians could be affected.

The messages are being sent through Samsung's default texting app Samsung Messages. "However, there was record of it on tmobile logs". It appears that Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 8 devices are all affected by this bug.

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.

Once you've done this, you'll no longer be able to open your conversations or compose new messages in the Samsung Messages app, as long as you continue to deny storage permissions. Unfortunately, these updates may have interacted badly with Samsung's Messages app, according to the report. He also said the app was displaying some messages as sent, when the other party had not got them.

As a workaround, concerned Galaxy users can head over to settings and disable the Samsung Messages app's access to device storage.

T-Mobile told The Verge that it was not an issue with its services and advised people checked with Samsung.

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