Samsung Phones Texting Users' Photos to Random Contacts

One user complains of scheduled texts appearing in wrong threads or being sent prematurely, while others say their phones spontaneously sent other people random photos, or, in a few instances, the entire contents of their photo galleries.

According to user reports, the problem stems from Samsung Messages, the default texting app on Galaxy devices, which (for reasons that haven't been determined), is erroneously sending pictures stored on the devices to random contacts via SMS. Despite having no record on their phone, their bill confirmed that several photo messages had been sent.

Samsung's smartphones may not be randomly bursting into flames now, but a unusual and creepy new problem has appeared: some users are having photos randomly and quietly sent to other people.

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.

Samsung is now urging concerned customers to call its support lines directly. "However, there was record of it on mobile logs", one Redditor posted less than a week ago. Once again, this was all on a Galaxy S9 on T-Mobile - not on a Galaxy S7 edge that DrDeLaHoya also had - with only the recent RCS upgrade on the Samsung Messages app.

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Users posted complaints on Reddit and Samsung's support forums about a odd issue that appears to be silently sending photos to random contacts. Other Reddit posters have said their wives or other people on their shared family plans have received similar messages from other phones including the Note 8.

In the meantime, it has been suggested that users should switch to a different messaging app.

Deny storage permissions for Samsung Messages in the Settings, and do not forget to continue to deny them if you open the app!

Samsung and T-Mobile didn't immediately reply to CNET's requests for comment.

'Um, this is disturbing, ' one person said.

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