Mobile Galaxy S9 owners suffer privacy-violating Samsung Messages update

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Samsung users in the USA are reporting that their phones are sending text messages with attachments from their photo gallery to random contacts without explicit permission. One user has even claimed that Samsung Messages sent all of the photos in their gallery to one contact late at night for no apparent reason.

In another potentially embarrassing case, a Samsung Note 8 user reported that his scheduled text messages had been sent to the wrong recipients.

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

Speaking to Gizmodo, Samsung said it was aware of the issue and its technical teams were looking into it. Users experiencing this issue can call the company directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.

Go to Settings Apps Samsung Messages Permissions.

In the meantime, it has been suggested that users should switch to a different messaging app. "However, there was record of it on mobile logs", one Redditor posted less than a week ago.

Samsung phones are sending photos to their owner's contacts without their permission, according to reports. It may be related to a recent T-Mobile profile update to the new RCS text-messaging format. However, T-Mobile told Gizmodo that it's not a T-Mobile issue. It's also possible to prevent files from being sent by disabling access to a phone's storage in the Samsung Messages app.

Another Reddit user summed things up quite nicely: "Give me a spontaneously exploding phone any day of the week, Samsung, instead of this nightmare scenario".

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

Another user on a forum page on Samsung's website said they noticed Samsung Messages became "very buggy" after an update from the carrier.

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