Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Glitch in Samsung Messages App Sends Photos to Random Contacts

Glitch in Samsung Messages App Sends Photos to Random Contacts

They added that they had enabled a setting allowing pictures to be automatically backed-up to Google, and suspected that the leak occurred because of an update to the Samsung Messages app.

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.

If you'd rather stick with Samsung Messages, then you might want to make sure there aren't any salacious or embarrassing photos in your phone's gallery, because you never know who might receive them. Errors included scheduled text messages ending up in the wrong threads.

The cause of the problem isn't clear either, but a current theory is that a recent T-Mobile update that allowed for advanced texting features (like reading receipts, typing indicators, and advanced media sharing) is the glitches' source.

Samsung acknowledged an inquiry from Gizmodo that it was aware of the bug and that it is now working on a fix.

Samsung has acknowledged the issue in a statement released to United States outlets such as The Washington Post: "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it". TechCrunch has also reached out to T-Mobile for comment.

T-Mobile reportedly told Gizmodo that "It's not a T-Mobile issue", pointing them back to Samsung.

So we're asking - is this affecting you? I think it has something to do with the Samsung SMS app being updated from the Galaxy Store.

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".

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