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iPhone text message bug – Fix

The following is only a temporary fix & not tested with many iOS & iPhone versions.



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The latest iOS bug causes Messages app to crash and in some cases causes the iPhone to reboot when a certain text (highlighted in box) is received. So without getting into more details, the following are the suggested fixes.

  1. Receiving this text string as SMS/text (WhatsApp is reported also) can crash your iPhone entirely, causing it to reboot. This crash is caused due to the ‘Banner Notifications’ work –which apparently are unable to display the malicious string and causes the phone to crash–. To avoid this, disable the banner notifications until a proper fix is suggested by Apple. To disable banner notifications visit this link:
  2. If you get this text message while on your phone’s screen is locked, you may not be able to open the Messages app. In case of the Messages App lock-down, ask the person –who earlier sent you the message with the malicious string– to send you another message. This second message can be anything. This will hopefully fix the lockout issue.

We hope the above fixes resolve the issue for you and give you some relief from your naughty friends and enemies who are exploiting this bug.


The following is the official response from Apple about the reported bug:

“We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update.”

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