Glitch in Samsung Messages App Sends Photos to Random Contacts

Angelica Greene
July 3, 2018

Their owners say that Samsung Messages, the default texting app for Galaxy devices, pushed photos and scheduled texts to random contacts, but left no record of the messages being sent. Samsung users have reported about the problem on the company's official forums, on Reddit, etc.

"Last night around 2:30 am, my phone sent [my girlfriend] my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app".

Drunk dialing and butt-dialing are bad enough, but what if your phone sent some. compromising photos to your contacts all by itself?

One user said that his Galaxy smartphone sent ALL of his photos to his girlfriend.

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".

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

Users have theorised that the problems could be caused by the rollout of Rich Communications Service (RCS) on certain carriers in the US. RCS improves the legacy SMS protocol with additional features such as read reports, media sharing and more. The few reports of this bug indicate that the phones are sending the messages without the app recording any trace of an outgoing message.

As initially reported by Gizmodo, the problem seems to be happening on Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S9 and S9+ models that use T-Mobile as their carrier. This is exactly what some Samsung devices are doing as reported by a number of different users online. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly".

So we're asking - is this affecting you?

In the meantime, users can switch to another text messaging app, such as Google's Android Messages, or disable access to phone storage for the Samsung Messages app.

Other reports by GizPress

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