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Playing pranks on people can be fun, but when it comes to doing so by crashing their cell phone? Well, that's not so cool.
Unfortunately, because technology is never perfect, there are people who literally spend hours in a day experimenting with different things to figure out what can bring down the "evil empire" that is mass production from big businesses like Apple. And the latest one is another example that some people have way too much time on their hands.
Yep, by sending a small string of emojis to someone else's phone, you can completely crash their device in a cinch.
“What you see in the text is the waving white flag emoji, a zero, and the rainbow emoji,” a technical explanation on vincedes3.com reads. “The rainbow flag emoji isn’t an emoji in itself, it’s made of three characters: waving white flag, a character called variation sector 16 (VS16 for short), and the rainbow. What VS16 does in this case essentially is tells the device to combine the two surrounding characters into one emoji, yielding the rainbow flag (this is similar to how skin tone modifiers work, but not exactly the same).
“The text you’re copying is actually waving white flag, VS16, zero, rainbow emoji. What I’m assuming is happening is that the phone tries to combine the waving white flag and the zero into an emoji, but this obviously can’t be done. Usually, the phone wouldn’t try to do this, but it notices that the rainbow emoji is also there, and knows that it can combine the white flag and rainbow emoji, so it tries.”
The good news here is that a) The text isn't as easy as just sending a normal text, and b) Eventually, your phone will unfreeze and return to normal.
If you do happen to fall victim to this irritating text, until Apple fixes the problem, the best thing to do is to block the number of the sender to prevent it from happening again.