Friday, 21 September, 2018

Samsung phones may be sending pictures to random people

A camera and fingerprint reader sit on the rear casing of Galaxy S9 smartphones in London on Feb. 22 2018 Samsung phones may be sending pictures to random people
Sherri Watson | 05 July, 2018, 18:16

If you have a new Galaxy S9, you're probably using Samsung Messages for your texting needs. This will keep your phone from sending anything stored on it, whether you're looking to do that intentionally or not. One user on Reddit even claims that instead of sending one pic, Samsung Messages sent out their entire photo gallery to a contact in the middle of the night.

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

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.

Samsung is now urging concerned customers to call its support lines directly.

For those anxious about the Samsung Messages glitch, AppleInsider recommends disabling the app's storage access permissions. At first, it was thought that it could be a T-Mobile issue, as most of the people who were complaining were on T-Mobile network.

That's because there's a bug in the system that's causing Samsung's texting app to send random photos to your contacts.

Samsung has acknowledged the issue and says that its engineers are working on a fix.

A prevailing theory on the Samsung message board is that the bug is caused by a odd interaction between Samsung Messages and recent RCS (Rich Communication Services) profile updates that have rolled out on carriers including T-Mobile.

Until Samsung releases a patch to address this issue, there are several ways to protect your photos from being transmitted without your permission. But in all the forum threads, a solution seems to be to change to another texting app, such as the stock Android one or Textra.

'I think it has something to do with the Samsung SMS app being updated from the Galaxy Store. Rich Communication messaging enhances the features in the regular messenger app and allows users to share different types of media over the Samsung Messenger app.