Samsung phone bug secretly shares your photos with rando contacts

If you can answer "yes" to both, then you'd better make sure you're using a texting app other than Samsung Messages for the time being.

In another potentially embarrassing case, a Samsung Note 8 user reported that his scheduled text messages had been sent to the wrong recipients. First, you can go into its app settings and revoke Samsung Message's ability to access your storage, which means it won't be able to send anything stored on your phone, including photos. A Reddit user expressed their concern by saying "This sounds like a nightmare for me as I have lots and lots of clients in my phone".

'However, there was record of it on TMobile logs.

Samsung is now urging concerned customers to call its support lines directly. Users only find out the photos have been sent when they're asked about it. Samsung has said it's now looking into the problem.

The comments triggered hysteria on Reddit, with others concerned their own photos could be sent to a contact in their phones at random. 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. Samsung said in a forum post that it was aware of the issue.

His phone showed no record of the photo gallery being transferred to his partner's number, though his provider recorded the action.


'Um, this is disturbing, ' one person said.

Numerous incidents seem to be affecting phones with T-Mobile, a carrier that recently rolled out updates with their RCS "advanced messaging" service.

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

Samsung Australia also confirmed they were investigating the reports.

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

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