Another Weird iOS Bug Can Totally Screw Up Your Messaging Apps

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The bug appears to be only affecting iPhones running iOS 11.2.5.

Apple users are at risk of catching the "Telugu Crash Bug" if they come in contact with a particular Unicode character from an Indian language.

Italian blog MobileWorld first reported its existence, and The Verge noticed and tested the bug, which consists of partially or fully crashing an iPhone just by sending a message.

This means, if you receive a message, a notification, or an app that includes the character, the app will likely crash on your device, reports The Verge. Now, researchers have discovered a bug that's even worse. Telegram and Skype are immune, it seems. After signing back in, Warren is unable to re-open iMessage, which crashes right after he presses the app icon. If that happens, developers recommend waiting and hoping for the phone to restart properly as forcibly restarting it can result in a boot loop, potentially requiring you to reinstall the operating system (OS).


iPhone owners, brace yourself for yet another bug that pranksters and other ne'er-do-wells can use to crash your iPhone and block access to messaging apps like iMessage and even third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Gmail. The app tries to load the message and shuts down each time, says Italy's Mobile World.

It merits mentioning here that iOS 11.3 already has a fix for the problem since all available betas of iOS 11.3 are protected against this. And while that issue has been patched, a new bug has appeared that can wreck Messages, along with a number of other major apps. At that point, users are unable to relaunch the apps.

When Apple rolled out its latest iOS 11 update to the public, it had numerous bugs that needed to be fixed. You can regain access to your Messages app by having another friend send you a message and try to delete the thread that contained the Telugu character.

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