Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

IPhone users hit with iOS iMessage emoji bug

IPhone users hit with iOS iMessage emoji bug

A new Unicode text bug is being spread around today called the "black dot" bug because of its origins on Android as a bug related to WhatsApp. The black dot bug is malfunctioning iPhone X along with iPhone 8 and 7 series as well and might also work in the previous models.

If you're hit by this issue, CNET has outlined a couple of ways you can fix the issue quickly and easily without doing something silly like wiping your handset.

In iOS Messages, however, the same text causes the app to hang immediately, AppleInsider reported.

However, if you just delete the WhatsApp app from your phone then it should not delete your messages for good. Do take note that the steps mentioned below work on iPhone 6s and newer devices. If this specially crafted text is sent through the Messages app, then it will result in repeated crashes when the recipient tries to read it.

Now, 3D Touch on the Messages app and tap on New Message in the pop-up menu.

Then, open iMessage and return to the conversation list, where you can manually remove the thread.

Now tap the circle to the left of the conversation that houses the Unicode bug message. You can use 3D Touch screen to use the messaging icon present in the home screen.

First and foremost, force close the iMessage app and then ask Siri to send a reply to the sender of the Unicode bug message as many times as you can so that the message goes way up in conversation and out of the screen. Delete the message else it will be very problematic as you might end up opening or seeing the message, which will lead to the glitch again.

'... If you didn't know what was going on, you'd definitely think the Messages app was broken permanently'. Instead, Apple will be focussing on reliability and performance improvements following a pretty buggy iOS 11 launch. There will be more details on the matter, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. We last saw a bug like this with a string of Teluga characters in February.

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