iPhone Text Message Bug Temporary Fix Published By Apple
Apple has published a temporary work-around for the iPhone text message bug found two days ago. The bug, dubbed Effective Power, also known as the Unicode of Death, is not actually a virus as many have feared.
The bug can also effect SnapChat text chats and Twitter DMs, the Guardian reports.
The is issue triggered by a specific series of unicode characters, which overload the phone’s memory. This is turn causes resprings, reboots and for many users the inability to open the Messages app after getting the string of text.
In the published document, Apple promises to have a fix available soon in a software update. Until then, here are the step they suggest to re-open the Messages app:
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.
For those lucky enough to not have been sent this message yet, the message is basically: “Effective power”, followed by the Unicode of Death, a string of characters from Arabic, Marathi and Chinese, seen in the screenshot above.
Other fixes for the bug have been circulated, including one where a you can use the Photos app to send a picture to one of your contacts, then get access to the message history, where the Effective Power message can be deleted.