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 This text can crash your iPhone

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As if receiving a text from an ex isn’t bad enough, now there’s a far worse kind of unwanted message to worry about. This one can crash your iPhone.

YouTube channel EverythingApplePro highlights a sequence of characters that temporarily freeze an iPhone, which you can send to someone to put their kibosh on their phone. Here’s how it works: a white flag emoji, the digit “0” and a rainbow emoji confuse iOS 10 when it tries to combine them into a rainbow flag.

Send those specific characters in a text message to an iPhone running iOS 10 and that phone will freeze. The hapless recipient doesn’t even have to open or read the message — the phone freezes as soon as it receives the text.

Fortunately, creating and sending the shady text isn’t as simple as just sending a text, so you shouldn’t have to worry too much. Here’s the video explaining how to send the text message and how to fix it.