Samsung phones are sending photos to random contacts without permission

Someone looking at their smartphone shocked

Someone looking at their smartphone shocked

Sending photos can be disabled entirely via Settings by disabling storage permissions for the Samsung Messages app. Users can also switch to other messaging apps. Both they and other Reddit users who reported the same problem found no record of the messages having been sent, either.

Samsung's logo is seen on a building during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on February 25, 2018.

Their owners say that Samsung Messages, the default texting app for Galaxy devices, pushed photos and scheduled texts to random contacts, but left no record of the messages being sent.

According to reports, a small group of people with Samsung cells have stated that their phones have randomly sent images in their galleries to numbers in their contacts. It may be related to a recent T-Mobile profile update to the new RCS text-messaging format. What's even worse is that the app reportedly leaves no evidence of photos being sent, which means users won't know when their phone may have unwittingly sent sensitive photos to a friend or co-worker until some time has passed. However, T-Mobile told Gizmodo that the whole thing is "not a T-Mobile issue".

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Speaking to Gizmodo, Samsung said it was aware of the issue and its technical teams were looking into it. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG", Samsung said in a statement.

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

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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