Samsung Galaxy phone users could have a serious case of the Mondays because of a bug in their Android messaging app that sends their camera roll to random contacts.
Thankfully, Samsung is aware of the issue and there’s a couple of ways to safeguard your private photos while they work on a fix. There are many users reporting this apparent bug in the Galaxy S9 section of Reddit and on the Samsung Forums. The issue appears to stem from an update to RCS (Rich Communication Services) and how the Samsung Messenger App interacts with the update, but Samsung has not officially acknowledged the source of the problem as of publication.
When Gizmodo asked for a comment on the issue, Samsung sent the following response, “We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it. Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.”
Until Samsung releases a patch to address this issue, there are several ways to protect your photos from being transmitted without your permission. There are numerous messaging apps in the Google Play Store, including Google’s own Messenger, and many others. If you just can’t live without the Samsung Messenger app, you should revoke local storage access for the time being. This will restrict the app from being able to access your photos, which could be inconvenient, but better than the alternative.
You can find official Google instructions on changing Android app permissions here. Scroll down to the “Turn permissions on or off” section for the details. While we’re on the subject of app permissions, it’s not a bad idea to go through the rest of your apps and make sure there aren’t any other apps that have permissions beyond what you’d like them to be able to access.