Samsung phone bug secretly shares your photos with rando contacts

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In a statement, the company said: "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it". How many people received private photos, without alerting the owner, is unknown. The seemingly misbehaving app is the default messaging tool on Samsung's Android devices.

That's because posters to Reddit and the Samsung forums say Samsung Messages is malfunctioning. These text messages also included photos stored in their respective devices, reports Gizmodo.

Users on Reddit and Samsung's forums have reported that their photos are being sent to random contacts over the Samsung Messages app, and no record of the images being sent is shown.

Some Samsung smartphone users have reported that their devices randomly sent photos to their contacts without their knowledge and without a trace.

The issue isn't specific to one mobile carrier alone, and users from different operators reported the same problem.

This can be done by going to Settings - Apps - Samsung Messages - Permissions - Storage.

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.

There are now two fixes if you are anxious about the issue affecting your device.

The good news is that the issue appears to be limited only to modern Samsung Galaxy series, such as S9, S9 Plus, and Note 8, and not to all Samsung handsets.

If you're using Samsung's Messages software, and are anxious about unapproved picture texts, find the application in the apps section of your device's settings, then go into its permissions, and disable access to storage.

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