Here's a fix for the iOS bug that crashes iPhones

Here’s a fix for the iOS bug that crashes iPhones

We’ve previously reported about an iOS bug that plagues certain iPhones by sending a malicious SMS. Apple has been made aware of this and now offers a temporary fix while they prep an update.



Here’s what you can do just in case you get the text that could render your phone useless:

  • Ask Siri to “read unread messages.”
  • Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you’ll be able to open Messages again
  • In Messages, swipe left to delete the entire thread. Or tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.

The Cupertino company mentions that the bug is caused by a specific series of unicode characters and that they are in the process of making a software update that would hopefully prevent this from happening again. Until then, we can just follow the method above.


Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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2 Responses

  1. nego says:

    So this ‘ask siri to open iMessage or SMS then swipe left’ thing is just a temporary solution… I wonder how these random quirky bug unicode characters can crash and reboot iPhones. Is it the messages app or the whole OS, I mean the entire software. -_-

  2. abuzalzal says:

    haha text lang pala katapat nyang mga iphone nyo e!

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