Samsung Messages bug that sends photos to random people being investigated

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Reports from Samsungphone users emerged, stating that pictures have been sent from their phones to seemingly random contacts, without their permission.

Users posted complaints on Reddit and Samsung's support forums about a unusual issue that appears to be silently sending photos to random contacts.

"Last night around 2:30 a.m., my phone sent her my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app". The only way people know this is happening, is once they receive a response from the recipient of the message sent.

For those of you looking for a workaround while the company tries to fix the problem, your options appear to be going into your device's app settings and revoking "Samsung Messages' ability to access storage".

While it's not clear what is causing the random picture messaging, affected users reported receiving an update to the default text messaging app on their Samsung smartphones that enables Rich Communication Services (RCS). RCS is supposed to improve texting by adding features like group chat, video and GIF support and file and location sharing. These text messages also included photos stored in their respective devices, reports Gizmodo.

Further complaints were posted to the Samsung Community page, all relating to a new protocol that rolled out earlier this year to Android devices to boost messaging capabilities.

Samsung is aware of the issue and is working to resolve the problem. I think it has something to do with the Samsung SMS app being updated from the Galaxy Store. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG", Samsung said in a statement. "Might be worth checking logs on your carrier's site, because it happened on my T-Mobile Note8".

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

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