The reports suggest that this bug in the Samsung Messages app doesn't leave any trace behind that it has automatically sent photos from the device to a random person. ".When her phone texted me her gallery, it didn't show up on her end - and vice versa".
Affected users are encouraged to contact Samsung directly until a fix is issued. Head to the app settings in your Galaxy phone and make sure Samsung Messages can no longer access your storage.
Users who encountered the bug say they didn't know the phone had sent out the photos, as they do not appear as sent messages.
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. Notably, there's also no record that the photos were sent from an affected users' phone, according to the Reddit user. One said: "Um, this is disturbing".
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User jdrch summed up a common fear: "Do S9s come with divorce lawyers?" The seemingly misbehaving app is the default messaging tool on Samsung's Android devices.
Per the report, the bug has been experienced by a number of users, including owners of late model devices such as the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9. The working theory is that this error is something to do with the RCS profile updates that have been rolling out on United States carriers.
The cause of the problem isn't clear either, but a current theory is that a recent T-Mobile update that allowed for advanced texting features (like reading receipts, typing indicators, and advanced media sharing) is the glitches' source.
However, a T-Mobile spokesperson told The Verge to 'check in with Samsung on this, it's not a T-Mobile issue'.