Mobile Galaxy S9 owners suffer privacy-violating Samsung Messages update

Isaac Cain
July 4, 2018

A glitch in the latest version of the Samsung Messages texting app that comes pre-installed on all Samsung phones is sending random pictures to users' contacts.

T-Mobile reportedly told Gizmodo that "It's not a T-Mobile issue", pointing them back to Samsung. Samsung is now investigating reports from users who say their devices have recently begun doing this.

Samsung is said to be aware of the complaints, which surfaced last week, and is investigating.

This doesn't seem to be an isolated case as some users have commented in the same post that they too have experienced the problem. This problem has been reported on Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Note 8 phones. 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. The user pointed out that the issue was do with the Samsung default SMS app being updated from the Galaxy Store.

Over on Samsung's forum, a Galaxy S9 user this week complained that Samsung Messages "has become VERY BUGGY" since T-Mobile started rolling out RCS support.

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Another user added: "Oddly enough, my wife's phone did that last night, and mine did it the night before". Once again, this was all on a Galaxy S9 on T-Mobile - not on a Galaxy S7 edge that DrDeLaHoya also had - with only the recent RCS upgrade on the Samsung Messages app.

Affected users are encouraged to contact Samsung directly until a fix is issued.

The only way to now stop this from happening is to turn off auto updates, and then disable the storage permissions for the Samsung Messages app.

In the meantime, it has been suggested that users should switch to a different messaging app.

Samsung is aware of the issue and is now investigating it (and T-Mobile says the issue is on Samsung's end).

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