How to easily crash an Apple iPhone

A string of text doing the rounds on iOS Messenger has the power to crash an iPhone.

The text message also breaks the iOS Messenger app, locking users out and preventing them from using the service.

Once an iPhone user receives the message, their phone instantly crashes and reboots. Currently, the only way to reverse the damage is to get someone to send you another message in the Messenger app.

According to Gizmodo, this sets the phone back to normal.

An Apple spokesperson told The Verge that the company was aware of the issue and was working on a fix.

MyBroadband tested the text, and the recipient’s phone crashed as expected. A video of the test is embedded below.

Further testing revealed that when the same message is sent over WhatsApp from an Android device to an iPhone, the same result is achieved.

Update: The article was updated to include results of further tests where the same message was sent from an Android device to an iPhone over WhatsApp.

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