Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Here's Apple's official fix for the annoying text message bug

apple.jpg

"Hey! I got a message from my mate Dave! That's nice - I've not heard from him in... what's going on with my phone?"

Oh the hilarity.

Earlier this week, word started to spread of an oddly specific text message that, if sent to an older model iPhone, would cause it to repeatedly shut down. Conversations like the above began circling offices, as more people got wise to the prank and began sending it to their own chums.

And now, Apple has reached out to its panicked users with a reassuring guide on how to prevent the message from messing with their mobiles. 

"Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," reads the support document. "Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app."

First, ask Siri to "read unread messages". You might not even know Siri could do this because, well, who the hell uses Siri? 

Once read, use Siri to then reply to the malicious little scamp of a text. Siri is your technological night in shining armour right now, eh? Forget that useless Microsoft paperclip.

Finally, delete all trace of the offending text, either by swiping left to delete the entire thread of messages from that individual (no longer your friend), or tap and hold the malicious message, tap 'More', and delete the message from the thread.

Until Apple releases a software patch, the above is their recommended approach to stopping the pranksters. That, and you can turn off notifications for messages - though we understand if that leaves you in a nervous sweat of isolation. 

Happy pranking.

(Image: Rex)

Related

apple.jpg

Revealed: The 8 brands that rule the world

lenovo1.jpg

This new smartphone projects a keyboard onto your desk

iphonebackhero.jpg

Add a back button to your iPhone with this genius gadget

What Emoji Symbols Really Mean

applemaps.jpg

Apple Maps might finally be getting a lot better

tray2.jpg

This KFC tray cover doubles as a wireless keyboard

Comments

More

The Last Of Us 2 and nine more new Playstation games set for 2017

A certain spin-kicking marsupial is back, too!

by Chris Sayer
05 Dec 2016

Super Mario Run is coming to your mobile phone

Nintendo's mobile platformer finally gets a release date and price

by David Cornish
16 Nov 2016

Meet the Skyrim obsessed gamer granny with 170k YouTube subscribers

She's got more subscribers than you

by David Cornish
31 Oct 2016

The deaths and headlines VR will inevitably cause

It's just a matter of time

by David Cornish
31 Oct 2016

The best game I ever played: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Tristan Cross remembers the video game that shaped his life

by Tristan Cross
28 Oct 2016

The Gears of War director tells us about his favourite games

Rod Fergusson tells us about the greatest games he's ever played

by David Cornish
28 Oct 2016

The best games still to come in 2016

Better get saving...

by David Cornish
27 Oct 2016

Why gaming is more important for men than you might think

Sam Diss on the games that bring men closer together

by Sam Diss
27 Oct 2016

Awesome Halloween costumes for your iPhone (seriously)

Because buying your own fancy dress is too much hassle

by David Cornish
27 Oct 2016

How video games made you the man you are today

...without you even realising

26 Oct 2016