IPhone Telugu text bug crashing your phone? Here's how to fix it

"Apple released updates for watchOS, tvOS, and macOS to stop the crash from happening on those platforms, too", The Verge reported on Tuesday.

A "text bomb" that caused havoc last week by making Apple devices crash with the use of a single letter from the Indian language Telugu has received an emergency patch.

If a user were to open any conversation in a text-based app like WhatsApp, Twitter, or Facebook Messenger and type the character, the app will crash, and it will keep force closing each time you try to reopen it.

The iOS 11.3 beta 3 likely won't bring about any major changes when compared to the previous builds, but it represents Apple continuing to address any bugs or other issues that the dedicated beta testing community comes across. Simply connect to a WiFi network, make sure you have more than 50% of battery remaining, and navigate to Settings General Software Update.

Apple is already testing iOS 11.3 with developers, and a final release is expected in the spring.

Apple has released iOS 11.2.6 to everyone running iOS 11, one month after the last iOS 11 update.

Apart from the Telugu language character issue, Apple also fixed another bug that caused the failure of third-party apps while connecting to external accessories.

Opening a message containing the character is enough to crash iOS Springboard, the system app which manages the device's home screen. The company has rolled out the fix in the form of a supplementary update across the world. Pushing out iOS 11.2.6 should help put an end to that.

You should be able to download both updates right now, and you should, or you'll probably get pranked in the near future.

Until then, iPhone users are advised to be careful when receiving messages from unknown sources, the website says.

Applying the updates below should keep most users' devices safe and crash-free.

  • Latoya Cobb