Issue with iOS 12 has messages being merged accidentally and received by unintended recipients

Issue with iOS 12 has messages being merged accidentally and received by unintended recipients
Over the weekend, we told you about a passcode glitch in iOS 12 that could allow an attacker to break into a locked iPhone and look at a user's contacts and photos. Now, a new and potentially embarrassing bug has been discovered that can send your messages and texts to unintended recipients. For example, you might send an explicit text to a sibling only to have the message sent to your mother instead.

The bug is the result of some work Apple did quietly behind the scenes to improve the iMessages experience on iOS 12. The idea was to create a single unified thread for contacts who use multiple numbers and email addresses. While a great idea in theory, the way that Apple went ahead to put the new feature in place has created havoc among some iOS users. According to those who have complained on Apple's Communities Forum, messages being sent to those in a combined thread are being received only by the person in that thread who last left the sender a message. And when a message is sent to the intended recipient, it shows up in the combined thread. Either way, a message could be received by someone it wasn't intended for. A number of complaints have been posted on Apple's Communities Forum. 

Part of the problem has to do with linked Apple IDs. One iOS 12 user posted a workaround that appears to work. Go to Settings > Messages > Send and Receive. Touch on Apple ID and sign out of Apple ID for messages. This will force all devices using the same Apple ID to use their phone numbers for messaging instead of the shared Apple ID. Finally, delete all threads where the messages merged.

If you are experiencing this issue, hopefully signing out of Apple ID for messages will end the problem. Others in the forum have called this a workaround, and are still imploring Apple to come up with a fix of its own.


source: Apple

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30 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

This is what people spent $1000+ on. Feature lacking software that doesn't work right and ports that don't charge.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

This is common unintended consequences for software behavior changes. Sadly, Apples quality control has taken a nose dive since Tim Cook took over. From bendy phones, to keyboards destroyed by dust, to terrible software updates, etc.

12. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

not to be "that guy" but Samsung Messages a couple months ago was also sending messages to non intended recipients, sometimes ghost sending media attachments and their system doesn't integrate multiple points into one thread. I say this as both a iPhone XS Max on 12.1 beta and Samsung S9+ US unlocked owner.

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Source?

33. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

29. yalokiy

Posts: 1057; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It's just that apple is believed to offer the most bug-free and issue-less experience. But that's not true. It's on par with Samsung & Google.

31. Vokilam

Posts: 1286; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I agree with final flash, digital boy and yalokiy, these kind of conversations make me come and read the comments sections. The rest are bunch’s fanboy rhetoric obsessed 12 year olds.

15. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Well when you spend that much money on your devices you only deserve "the best ever" and I think Apple has finally delivered on that promise. This is simply "the best ever" way to lose your job or girlfriend from misdelivered messages, and for that - I give iOS 12 a score of 9.3 per the exact and perfected iPA rating system.

17. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

This is the reaction of people who can’t afford apple flagships and so they tend to cry about prices and keep trolling. Wait after 5 years so you can buy Xs Max. Didn’t experience this problem though.

20. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I wouldn't call it trolling as I own an iPhone X and just got this V35 as well (my preferred daily driver), unfortunately I didn't see what all the hype was about the "S" - being so similar to the original and frankly I'm glad I haven't taken iOS 12 yet because of this "best ever" experience that's been going on...

25. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I think this issue applies even to the older iPhone models and not just the new ones. So, It isn't right to address it to the pricier models. I ain't defending the price of the new iPhone because I find it also rediculous but hey it their prerogative and we (as customers) have also the choice to buy it or not.

2. nikhil23

Posts: 472; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

and people call it "premium phone"

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple will issue a fix, and it’ll be over and done with. Problems are gonna happen, is what it is.

6. nikhil23

Posts: 472; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

not with imessage. Apple fixed a lot of bugs but when it comes to imessage, they fix one and add a couple more

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah ok dude lol. You guys are blasting Apple over software issues, that you know will be fixed by the first update, if not sooner.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

DJ, You know they earned the blast though with that premium everything tude. Essential did this and was and is put through the ringer often, cost them everything. May be done even. Why should Apple skate by without retort especially when they be portray it as, it just works? The weaker lte signal, slower wifi, unwanted photo filters, charging issues, messaging problems, I doubt we've seen the end of issues. No offence but that's shameful and should be noted over an over like ifans do any issue with less expensive phones. It's just how it should work.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True, but if it’s software, it’s just not a big deal. If it’s hardware, then that’s another story. The iFlock has earned the chastisement though. The Note 9 has had a smoother launch too, can’t deny that.

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

You know it, if it's just software it'll all be a thing of the past in short order no doubt. Like water off of a ducks back, again lol. It just don't stick for long to Apple strangely.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’ve honestly had none of the issues with mine, but we both know software is hit and miss. Apple had better get these issues resolved quick though, before it gets too widespread.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

The issues are stacking up with the latest and greatest. So much beta level issues too, shame considering the cost.

7. KickRocks

Posts: 279; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Another day and another issue with Apple

9. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Samsung fans getting brave, they forgot when Samsung sent their nudes to unknown people when a bug similar to this affected their beloved phones, just shut up darlings

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4269; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

26. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

LMAO, did you even read the thread? All recognized the pics were from WhatsApp and other chat apps, it was actually ignorance from those users who didn’t disable auto save media on those apps, but nice try, you can pet yourself for trying, take your cookie :)

32. cmdacos

Posts: 4269; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Blame the user. It's the Apple thing to do.

16. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Wow. People are gonna get fired. Relationships are gonna be messed up.

23. peace247 unregistered

and the bug fest begins ..

24. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I don't have much issues with iOS 12 compared with iOS 11. It actually improved the performance even for older iPhone models. My only concern is the iMessage. The arrow button for back when you want to go back to the list of messages sometimes isn't responding for its intended use. When I tap the arrow (back button), it displays the option for audio, face time & info instead of going back to the message list. I find it annoying most of the time. Is there anyone who has similar issue?

28. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Didn't Apple claim a few months ago that IOS 12 would not be getting many new features so that they could concentrate on releasing a more stable bug free OS after all the problems they had with IOS 11. It's only been out a few weeks but it's obvious that this approach failed, they should have named it IOS 11 Max.

30. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

This equation of Apple's quality is fairly accurate: Everything now < Everything before Steve Jobs left.

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