'Black dot' bug now crashes iPhone devices- Here's how to fix it

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If you use Whatsapp then be on the lookout for a new "black dot" bug that could potentially crash your phone. Apple is typically fast in responding and fixing bugs, so you should expect the company to come out with a fix for the black dot bug soon enough. This causes the system to overload and crash.

There have been various WhatsApp prank messages throughout the app's history, and the black dot message is just the latest example.

Among WhatsApp users on Android, the message would cause WhatsApp to hang if you open it.

Touching the black dot will not cause any permanent damage to WhatsApp or the user's smartphone. Then it's as simple as deleting the conversation that contains the black dot and the phone should work as normal again. The secret behind its power is not the black dot but the blank space that follows it.


The main problem is that there are a lot characters within the message and the processor inside the iPhone or iPad is not able to deal with it and as a result it crashes the iMessage app. These characters tell the messaging app about how to read messages, be it right to left or left to right.

The right-to-left text format is used for languages such as Arabic and Urdu while the more common left-to-right text format is used for languages such as English. The message appears to be quite harmless but it comprises of a string of hidden characters. First users must force close the app, then they have to ask Siri to send a reply to the sender of the black dot. You can use 3D Touch screen to use the messaging icon present in the home screen.

From here, hit the edit button and delete the message containing the bug.

We heard about a WhatsApp text bug freezing Android and iOS devices earlier this week, and it looks like a similar trick has now spread to iMessage as well. It won't lead to any data loss and besides the bug in the message has not been reported for any hacking activity.

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