Samsung phones are randomly sending owners' photos to contacts

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The issue largely stems from a bug in Samsungs default messaging app, Samsung Messages. The weird part is that the receiver received the message, but there was no trace of the sent message on the senders phone. While the widespread of devices indicates that any Galaxy device could be affected, it seems that it's mostly T-Mobile users that are affected by the bug. One Reddit user said that at about 2:30 am last night, his entire photo gallery was sent to his girlfriend.

As reported by The Verge, when Samsung was questioned by various media about this mishap, a spokesperson informed that it's "aware of the reports" and that its technical teams are "looking into it".

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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. The company also asks affected users to call the company's support line at 1-800-SAMSUNG with any complaints. However, T-Mobile told Gizmodo that it's not a T-Mobile issue. Samsung's Gallery app has a Shared tab that allows users to share their photos to a contact without leaving the gallery.

What's odd though is that it does not show the files have been sent.

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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. £23pm We have to say that we love this Samsung Galaxy S8 tariff - at a time when S8 deals are falling all around, this one still somehow manages to stand out from the crowd. The other option is to use a different texting app like Android Messages.

The folks at Samsung are now looking into the issue.

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As a workaround, concerned Galaxy users can head over to settings and disable the Samsung Messages app's access to device storage. There are numerous messaging apps in the Google Play Store, including Google's own Messenger, and many others.

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