Samsung phones may be sharing your photos with random contacts

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Samsung phone bug secretly shares your photos with rando contacts

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. It only became apparent after the recipient alerted them. 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.

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

If you use a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you may want to pay a visit to your phone's settings (Settings- Apps- Samsung Messages- Permissions- Storage) and deny Samsung Messages the ability to access your phone's storage.

The comments triggered hysteria on Reddit, with others concerned their own photos could be sent to a contact in their phones at random. It seems that, for whatever reason, Samsung Messages isn't playing nicely with the update. The Samsung Messages app doesn't show any sign of sending the photos, meaning the user is completely unaware of the picture messaging.

Samsung is aware of the issue and is now investigating it (and T-Mobile says the issue is on Samsung's end).

Samsung is aware of the issue and is working to resolve the problem.

According to Gizmodo, Samsung is actively looking into the matter, but it's not yet clear why this is happening or how widespread it might be - particularly if it's true that these pictures are being sent without leaving any record.

Many complaints posted online are from people who said they are T-Mobile customers and recently updated Samsung Messages, leading to a theory that the issue may have been triggered by the carrier's recent RCS (Rich Communication Services) updates.

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