Samsung texting app sent user pictures to other phones on its own

Samsung's smartphones may not be randomly bursting into flames now, but a odd and creepy new problem has appeared: some users are having photos randomly and quietly sent to other people. "My phone's battery was super low overnight so maximum power saving had kicked in from a routine I set with Good Lock, and two or three people had been sent photos (just one each, and they were photos I had sent them in the past)".

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.

Concerned users should ensure that Samsung Message does not have permission to access their phone's storage, which will prevent it from being able to send anything on the phone.

Other users have also suffered a similar glitch.

The complaints have gained some traction on Reddit, in sections dedicated exclusively to Samsung phones. ".When her phone texted me her gallery, it didn't show up on her end - and vice versa".

One user wrote on Reddit that his Galaxy S9+ send his entire photo gallery to his girlfriend, while he was sleeping at night.

User jdrch summed up a common fear: "Do S9s come with divorce lawyers?" One said: "Um, this is disturbing".

Speaking to Gizmodo, Samsung said it was aware of the issue and its technical teams were looking into it.

Samsung's top-tier are among the best to still offer expandable storage as a standard feature, with the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Note 8 all sporting an optional microSD slot. The working theory is that this error is something to do with the RCS profile updates that have been rolling out on United States carriers.

At this point, it's unclear what is causing the issue, but some are speculating it might be related to Rich Communications Services (RCS). Hopefully, this issue gets resolved quickly, because until it does, there's no guarantee of privacy for people using Samsung's default texting app.

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