Samsung Phones Are Sending Random Photos to Other People


One small example of that is a new Samsung phone bug that texts the user's photographs to random people in their contacts lists without them knowing it. It only became apparent after the recipient alerted them. Samsung is now investigating reports from users who say their devices have recently begun doing this. The apparent bug isn't always texting out one or two photos from the user's stream: In some cases, it's exporting their entire gallery.

Some users on the forum are complaining that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are also facing the issue.

"Oddly enough, my wife's phone did that last night, and mine did it the night before", said Reddit user Sfkn123.

They added that they had enabled a setting allowing pictures to be automatically backed-up to Google, and suspected that the leak occurred because of an update to the Samsung Messages app. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG", Samsung said in a statement.

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Affected individuals say their phones have started sending messages to one of their contacts with their full photo gallery. Basically, a photo can be sent to a complete stranger and users have no idea what happened. "However, there was record of it on tmobile logs".

Users have theorised that the problems could be caused by the rollout of Rich Communications Service (RCS) on certain carriers in the US.

This bug doesn't seem to be affecting users outside the United States so it's quite likely that it does have something to do with RCS but we won't know that for sure until Samsung gets back to us with more information after looking into the matter. 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.

However, a T-Mobile spokesperson told The Verge to 'check in with Samsung on this, it's not a T-Mobile issue'.