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Bug alert! Samsung Galaxy phones texting photos to random contacts

The bug is affecting recent handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9

Santanu Basu @shaanthegame 4 July 2018, 1:22 PM
Some users reported that individual images, or even entire picture galleries, were sent to random contacts via SMS

Some users reported that individual images, or even entire picture galleries, were sent to random contacts via SMS Image: Samsung

If you are using recent Samsung flagship handsets (S8, S9 or S9+) and also use the default Samsung messages app to send texts, there's some bad news for you. There's a new bug in Samsung’s default texting app, Samsung Messages, which is sending photos from your phone to your contacts automatically through text messages. Oops! Check your gallery right now to make sure there aren't any sensitive images.

The scariest part is that the bug is not leaving any trace of the erroneously sent texts; so, users wouldn't have any idea about what went wrong. According to Gizmodo, a bug in Samsung phones has resulted in the texting app randomly sending out pictures from the gallery without the user's knowledge. Numerous complaints have been posted on Reddit and Samsung forums, and looks like it is happening to users of Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9 and S9+ as of now.

One Galaxy S9+ user on Reddit said, "Last night around 2:30 am, my phone sent her my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app. However, there was a record of it on tmobile logs. Why would this happen?" Another user on Reddit said, "Yup. Some pics are meant to be private, and I can see this destroying relationship, and even potential job losses." Another user whose photo gallery went to his wife's phone said, "Oddly enough, my wife's phone did that last night, and mine did it the night before. I think it has something to do with the Samsung SMS app being updated from the Galaxy Store. When her phone texted me her gallery, it didn't show up on her end, and vice versa." 

According to Sky News, the South Korean giant has announced in a statement that it is investigating the issue, which seems to have affected the Samsung message app. Samsung mobile phone owners, who want to safeguard their pictures until a solution is released by Samsung, should go to their phone's Settings and revoke Samsung Messages' ability to access their phone's storage, and also try to switch to a different texting app such as Textra.

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