Galaxy S9, S9+ MMS bug randomly sending photos to contacts

Some Galaxy S9, S9+ owners are complaining of an MMS bug. (Source: Samsung)
Some Galaxy S9, S9+ owners are complaining of an MMS bug. (Source: Samsung)
Users of Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ are reporting a bug that is causing random photos from their device to be sent to random contacts. In one instance, a user claims that all of the photos from his device were sent to his girlfriend.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Some Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners in the US are complaining about an MMS bug that is causing photos from their devices to be sent to contacts on a random basis. The photos are being sent through the default Samsung Messages app. The app doesn't show the photos that have been sent, with users only alerted to the issue when informed about the photo being sent by the recipient.

A Samsung spokesperson told The Verge that it is "aware of the reports" and that the company is actively "looking into it." The issue is being reported on Samsung's own forums as well as through Reddit with the Galaxy S9 and S9+ models the only devices that appear to be affected by the issue at this stage. Samsung is asking US users experiencing the issue to contact the company directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.

Early speculation about what is causing the issue is centering on a RCS message update that was recently pushed to devices from carriers including T-Mobile. The update is designed to make the Messaging app work more like a chat app with read receipts and typing indicators, but could also include erroneous code that is causing the issue.

A workaround for the MMS bug involves S9 owners revoking Messages storage access permissions. Given the sensitive nature of people's photographs, that sounds like good advice to us.


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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-07- 4 (Update: 2018-07- 4)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.