Samsung Messages app randomly sends photos to phone contact list

04 July, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Shawn Conner

Specifically, the photos were sent over Samsung's stock text messaging app. Users only find out the photos have been sent when they're asked about it. Samsung has said it's now looking into the problem.

Samsung is investigating reports that its phones are sending personal photos to users' contact list without their knowing. I think it has something to do with the Samsung SMS app being updated from the Galaxy Store.

If you have a Samsung phone this would seem to be relevant information for you. 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. RCS is a messaging standard that aims to replace SMS and work on Android devices across carriers, offering iMessage-like features including read receipts, typing indicators, group chat, more lengthy messages, and high-resolution photo sharing. You can protect yourself or your pictures by revoking Samsung message's permission to access your photos. A Reddit user expressed their concern by saying "This sounds like a nightmare for me as I have lots and lots of clients in my phone".

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The current theory seems to be that the bug is being caused by a recent RCS (Rich Communication Services) profile update that certain carriers - including T-Mobile - rolled out.

According to Gizmodo, Samsung is actively looking into the matter, but it's not yet clear why this is happening or how widespread it might be - particularly if it's true that these pictures are being sent without leaving any record. You will have full texting capabilities and you don't have to look back, in case Samsung lost your trust forever.

Affected users are encouraged to contact Samsung directly until a fix is issued. 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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