Samsung Users Report Their Phones Are Text Messaging Pictures to Random Contacts

Samsung Users Report Their Phones Are Text Messaging Pictures to Random Contacts

According to posts on Reddit and Samsung's official support boards first spotted by Gizmodo, the devices affected include the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 8.

"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". In the meantime, you can switch to a third-party messaging app like WhatsApp, Signal, or Facebook Messenger to send all the photos you want to the right people.

As reported by The Verge, when Samsung was questioned by various media about this mishap, a spokesperson informed that it's "aware of the reports" and that its technical teams are "looking into it".

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. It seems that, for whatever reason, Samsung Messages isn't playing nicely with the update. The Messages app did not interface with the Gallery app and its shared tab function - the user didn't even access the feature until he went to the Reddit community to troubleshoot the problem.


Drunk dialing and butt-dialing are bad enough, but what if your Samsung phone sent some. private photos to your contacts without you knowing? "However, there was record of it [in my] T-Mobile logs". It may be related to a recent T-Mobile profile update to the new RCS text-messaging format. At least one person claiming to be an AT&T customer also said they were affected.

In all cases, it appears the photos were sent to people on the phone owners' contacts list. The working theory is that this error is something to do with the RCS profile updates that have been rolling out on USA carriers.

Some believe the problem stems from the conversion from the SMS messaging protocol to the new RCS (Rich Communication Services) on the native Samsung texting app. Samsung has acknowledged the problem and is working on it, but has not pointed to a cause.

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