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

A camera and fingerprint reader sit on the rear casing of Galaxy S9 smartphones in London on Feb. 22 2018

Unfortunately, these updates may have interacted badly with Samsung's Messages app, according to the report.

In all cases, it appears the photos were sent to people on the phone owners' contacts list. The problem turned up on Reddit, spotted by Gizmodo, and then found its way to Samsung's official forums.

"Last night around 2:30am, my phone sent [my girlfriend] my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app", complained one confused Galaxy S9+ owner.

Some Samsung smartphone users have reported that their devices randomly sent photos to their contacts without their knowledge and without a trace. On Samsung's Galaxy S9 support board, a user said Samsung Messages became buggy after an T-Mobile RCS/advanced messaging update on his phone.

Redditors were quick to point out that most affected phones so far seem to be on T-Mobile, which has recently been upgrading users to the Google-backed RCS "advanced messaging". RCS is supposed to improve texting by adding features like group chat, video and GIF support and file and location sharing.

In a statement, a Samsung spokesperson said "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it". However, T-Mobile told Gizmodo that the whole thing is "not a T-Mobile issue".

There are now two fixes if you are anxious about the issue affecting your device.

Concerned users can prevent their device from potentially sending their images to random contacts by revoking the Messages app's storage access in their app settings menu, or switching to a different SMS application like Android Messages.

Samsung says it is investigating the issue, which may be caused by an update to the texting app Samsung Messages.

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