Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Samsung Messages bug that sends photos to random people being investigated

Samsung Messages bug that sends photos to random people being investigated

Now think about all the ones that you'd be, uh, embarrassed to have randomly sent to people in your phone contacts. Since then, The Verge have reported that the photo messages are being sent through Samsung's default texting app Samsung Messages. In the meantime, you can switch to a third-party messaging app like WhatsApp, Signal, or Facebook Messenger to send all the photos you want to the right people.

"The recommendations from Samsung are to now not update to the latest messages app and any who did should disable the app's access to their phones storage area so it is unable to grab random photos".

Samsung has acknowledged the issue and said it teams are looking into the problem in a statement to the Gizmodo.

For now, it is recommended that users do not update to the latest Samsung Messages app until Samsung fixes the issues. This problem has been reported on Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Note 8 phones.


One user wrote on Reddit that his Galaxy S9+ send his entire photo gallery to his girlfriend, while he was sleeping at night. The poster says that even though there was no evidence of the mass photo sharing in Samsung Messages, it showed up on his T-Mobile logs.

A comment on that post by another user said his wife's phone did the same thing as did his own phone.

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. The issue is from Samsung's end as T-Mobile has confirmed its not an issue from its end. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly".

Once you've done this, you'll no longer be able to open your conversations or compose new messages in the Samsung Messages app, as long as you continue to deny storage permissions.

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