A new bug in Google Messages can leave your camera on in the background, quickly draining your battery and heating up your device.
According to 9To5Google, in the Google Messages app, there’s an easy way to quickly take a photo and immediately attach it to a message and send it to a friend.
In the view for attaching images from your gallery, there is also a live feed of your camera to take an immediate snapshot from this thumbnail view or you can zoom it in for a better view.
In recent updates to the Google Messages app, a bug in the app sometimes lets this camera feed work even when it’s not onscreen, including when Messages is in the background.
The report mentions that the easiest way to stop the problem for now is to close the app from the Recents view.
More generally, if you don’t use the Google Messages viewfinder, the easiest way to stop this problem altogether is to deny the app permission to use your phone’s camera.
To do this on a Pixel phone, long press the Messages app icon in your launcher and tap the info icon.
This should take you to the Settings app, where you can tap “Permissions” to manage what Google Messages is allowed to do. From there, you’ll want to tap “Camera” and set the toggle to “Don’t Allow.”
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