One user complains of scheduled texts appearing in wrong threads or being sent prematurely, while others say their phones spontaneously sent other people random photos, or, in a few instances, the entire contents of their photo galleries.
Samsung has confirmed that it is aware of the reports, and a spokesperson said in a statement that the company is looking into whether there's root cause. According to the The Verge, Samsung is asking users to call the company's helpline if they are facing the problem.
People on the Reddit forum said updates for the messaging app recently came through for T-Mobile users and thought the issue may be connected. "However, there was record of it on tmobile logs".
While most of the reports are coming from Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 8 users, the problem may plague other devices with Samsung Messages as well.
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A comment on that post by another user said his wife's phone did the same thing as did his own phone. This is exactly what some Samsung devices are doing as reported by a number of different users online. This has created an incompatibility with the Samsung Messages app which is creating this issue. At least one person claiming to be an AT&T customer also said they were affected.
In the meantime, for Samsung owners concerned that their phone might be sending sensitive pics to random contacts, there are now two main fixes to this.
Samsung is aware of the issue and is now investigating it (and T-Mobile says the issue is on Samsung's end).
Deny storage permissions for Samsung Messages in the Settings, and do not forget to continue to deny them if you open the app!