Gizmodo first reported that on complaints on Reddit and Samsung's hosted forums that images stored on at least a few models of Samsung smartphones had been sent randomly and without warning to people in users' contact lists. It only became apparent after the recipient alerted them.
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". One Reddit user said that at about 2:30 am last night, his entire photo gallery was sent to his girlfriend.
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'Oddly enough, my wife's phone did that last night, and mine did it the night before, ' said Reddit user Sfkn123. You may want to disable the Samsung Messages app's access to your device's storage for now.
That's because there's a bug in the system that's causing Samsung's texting app to send random photos to your contacts.
The folks at Samsung are now looking into the issue. It also appears that the Messages app does not leave any evidence that the messages were sent, but users discovered them via their T-Mobile log.
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However, a T-Mobile spokesperson told The Verge to 'check in with Samsung on this, it's not a T-Mobile issue'. The Samsung Messages app doesn't show any sign of sending the photos, meaning the user is completely unaware of the picture messaging.
Redditors were quick to point out that most affected phones so far seem to be on T-Mobile, which has recently been upgrading users to the Google-backed RCS "advanced messaging".
Samsung is encouraging those experiencing this issue to call the company directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.
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