If you thought emojis were harmless, well, this one can freeze your
A new iMessage bug involving a string of text and the black dot
(⚫️) can overload iMessage if sent to your iPhone. The bug was spotted by YouTuber EverythingApplePro, who frames it as a prank to freeze people's
. Watch him explain the bug in the video below:
EverythingApplePro says the bug affects iPhones running
to iOS 11.4, but we aren't sure if he tested earlier versions. CNET hasn't tested the bug on our iPhones yet, but other outlets such as 9to5Mac and Tom's Guide report encountering the bug.
The good news is there's a fix:
If the bug crashes your iMessages, force close the iMessage app
Then 3D Touch the iMessage app from the home screen, and select New Message
Hit cancel on the New Message screen, and that'll take you back to your list of iMessage convos
From there you can delete the message with the bug
If your phone doesn't have 3D Touch, the steps are a little different. MacRumors provides a guide for these iPhones that encounter the bug:
Bring up Siri and ask it to "Send a reply to... [whoever sent you the bug]"
Keep sending replies through Siri until the bug is off screen in the iMessage convo
Open iMessage and hit back so you get to the conversation list
From the conversation list, you can delete the thread with the bug