If you have owned more than one smartphone in your lifetime, chances are you have experienced a bug that has crashed your system.
While you could probably find most bugs and fix them without damaging your phone, there is a new killer bug that has just surfaced on iOS that could crash your phone all from a single, deadly text.
A software bug has been discovered in Apple's mobile operating system which can crash and reboot any iPhone.
The glitch, which reportedly also works on iPad, Apple Watch and Mac computers, can prevent people from launching their Messages app.
The text message can play havoc with an iPhone
The havoc is triggered by a simple text message.
When the specific string of characters are received in the Messages app – the Apple device will crash.
The glitch-triggering code, which was discovered earlier this week, also contains the words "Power" and "Effective".
Since the string of characters is so specific – and contains Arabic, Chinese and Marathi – most users are unlikely to stumble across the bug.
However, plenty of iPhone owners have been taking advantage of the glitch to frustrate and play havoc with fellow iOS users.
Apple is believed to be working on a permanent fix for the problem but in the meantime the Cupertino firm has released a workaround for the problem.
How to Fix The Problem:
In a new post on its Support Pages website, it confirmed: "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.
"Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app."
1. Ask Siri to "read unread messages."
2. Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you'll be able to open Messages again.
3. 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.
If the official workaround does not work, there are a few other methods being recommended online –
If Messages app was open to the conversation with the person who sent the glitch-loaded text message, it is possible to relaunch the app.
Simply replying in the same conversation string should stop the bug crashing the system.
However, if the Messages app was opened to the list view – it will crash every time you try and reload it.
Pulling down the Notifications shade after you have received the problematic text can also cause it to reboot.
Luckily, this can be fixed by asking someone to send you another text or iMessage.
You can also send yourself a message to fix the bug using voice-assistant Siri and asking to "send a message to myself".