Samsung phone bug secretly shares your photos with rando contacts

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. It only became apparent after the recipient alerted them.

As if the bug was not already bad enough, what's even worse is that any message sent unknowingly by the app will not show up in the sent folder as well. The scariest part is that the default message app isn't showing that anything has been texted at all.

You might want to check the photos that are on your phone.


Another referenced the self-immolation of Note 7s debacle by stating: "Give me a spontaneously exploding phone any day of the week, Samsung, instead of this nightmare scenario".

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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.

The affected devices appear to be exclusive to the most recent Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, and it's unclear whether other models are affected.

The update was meant to improve its capabilities by switching from the existing SMS protocol to the more capable RCS (Rich Communication Services).

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. T-Mobile, on the other hand, insisted it was not an issue from their end.

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The problem came to light on when a Samsung user took to Reddit to reveal his entire photo gallery was sent to his girlfriend without his knowing.

"This can be done by going to Settings - Apps - Samsung Messages - Permissions - Storage".

The problem isn't widespread (that we know of, yet), but rather a small number of complaints on Reddit and Samsung forums, reports Sam Rutherford over at Gizmodo.

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