How to fix iOS 8 unicode Messages crash bug

Here’s what you need to know about preventing and recovering from the iOS 8 unicode crash bug.

While Apple is working on a fix for the bug that causes Messages and notifications to crash iOS 8, there are several things you can do right now to help prevent your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch from being affected, and to try to recover if you’ve already been affected.

In the meantime, to prevent reboots from the lock screen, turn off lock screen notifications:

For Apple Watch crashes, turn off Messages notifications in the Apple Watch for iPhone app:

Note: Unless you have reason to believe you’re a target, you probably only need to do this until your friends’ attention span lapses and they move on to the next prank.

If you’ve already received the bad Unicode string maliciously or as a prank, send yourself or have someone else send you a clean message to the same app. This can be done from a different device, including a Mac, with Siri, or from the Share Sheet from another app (like Photos).

That should fix the notification crashes, but you still won’t be able to open any conversation or screen that contains the bad string.

If you’ve been affected by the bug, or found any other fixes, please let us know.

Nick Arnott contributed to this article.

Source: iMore

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