Scheduled messages are also reported to have been sent at incorrect times and messages are apparently being displayed as successfully sent when the other party has not received them.
The forums indicate that Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices are affected, but may not be the only ones afflicted with the bug. One impacted user claims that the Samsung device sent the entire photo gallery to their girlfriend.
Another hypothesis is that the problem affects only shared plans because some customers report the photos had been sent only to partners or family members.
However, this is still a big privacy issue.
That's because there's a bug in the system that's causing Samsung's texting app to send random photos to your contacts. As the app will not have the permission to access storage, it will not be able to send pics through SMS or MMS.
There's no definitive list of Samsung phone models affected yet, and the issue may be related to recent software updates pushed to phones. RCS is supposed to improve texting by adding features like group chat, video and GIF support and file and location sharing.
Both persons are on the same T-Mobile plan and it seems like anecdotes from other Redditors share this couples dynamic.
"We encourage any customers who may have questions or concerns to contact their local Customer Service centre at 0818 717100".
It wasn't too long ago that Samsung had to recall the Galaxy Note 7 after a huge number of reports surrounding battery failures and explosions. There are some ways to get around the bug though. The issue is from Samsung's end as T-Mobile has confirmed its not an issue from its end.
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.
What's unusual though is that it does not show the files have been sent.