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iMessage Crashing or Won’t Open After Getting Message with Arabic Characters? Try These Fixes

Apparently, many users are reporting that iMessage has been crashing after receiving a certain message with Arabic characters on their iPhone. Knowing this, people have started sending the message to their friends and family as a prank which only aggravated the situation. True enough, the problem has become widespread and has affected a good deal of users.

iMessage Crashing or Won't Open After Getting Message Containing Arabic Characters
Reddit user Andrew623224 complains:

My buddy messaged me this evil line of code and ever since, it will not allow me to open the stock Message app on my iPhone 6 (iOS 8.3). I tried restarting my phone, but nothing helped. When I tap on the Message app, it just opens to a white screen and closes immediately.

Of course, we have decided not to show the Arabic characters for obvious reasons. The message looks like just your typical message but with Arabic characters that could even freeze or turn off your phone. This bug / prank has even forced some users to restore the phone.

Fortunately, there are quick fixes to this iMessage bug which are provided by some Reddit users. If you are experiencing this problem, don’t restore your phone yet and try these potential fixes:

  • If your iMessage is crashing due to the Arabic characters, navigate to your Photos app and send any picture to the person who has sent you this bugged message. Open your message and it should be fixed.
  • Sending a message via Siri has reportedly worked as well. If you can’t find the recent number, tell Siri to send the message to “my latest text”.
  • If you can’t find the number or have received the message from a random number, try this: as you open the iMessages app and it crashes, double-tap the Home button to go to the app preview screen. From there, you should see the number.
  • If the above fixes still don’t work, try going into your iMessage via Mac if you have one and delete the character text. Retry the first and second method.
  • NOTE: IMPORTANT IF YOU RECEIVED THE MESSAGE IN A GROUP MESSAGE, YOU MUST RESPOND TO THAT EXACT MESSAGE.

This seems to be a nasty iMessage bug that can definitely ruin one’s day. Here’s hoping that Apple fixes this one before it blows out of proportion. [via iPhoneHacks]

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