If your iOS 10 powered iDevice is frozen, it probably is from this malicious text

There is a text message that can freeze an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 10 through iOS 10.2.1. Unlike the last malicious iOS text message we told you about, this one has an easy fix that will unfreeze your iPhone as though nothing ever happened to it. The text is made up of four characters. They are a white flag emoji, a character known as VS16 (which is not visible), a zero and a rainbow emoji. This text will freeze any iOS 10 powered device for two to three minutes before the phone crashes and comes back to life.

The reason that this works is believed to be due to the fact that the text is trying to combine two characters that cannot be combined. The VS16 character tells the phone to combine two characters that are next to each other; in this case the white flag and the zero are supposed to equal the rainbow flag which is actually made up of the white flag emoji and the rainbow emoji.

Sending the text is a little more difficult than just typing on your phone. One way to do it is to enlist your computer. There is also a more complex method that does not require you to employ a computer. The video at the top of this story will show you how to send this. However, with great knowledge comes great responsibility. You might know some people who you'd really love to play this prank on. Resist that urge. We are showing you the video just in case one of your buddies (or mortal enemies) has frozen your phone and you are panicking. As you can see from the video, time is your friend. After no more than three minutes, the device will start working again.

As benign as this should be to the workings of your device in the long run, it is downright annoying. In addition, if for some reason you have rebooted the phone and you can't load the Messages app, do the following:

  • Launch Safari and head on over to vincedes3.com/save.html.
  • Select Open from the dialogue box that appears to jump into the Messages app.
  • Exit out of the new thread it creates within the app and delete any threads with the malicious text

That's all there is to it. The problem is that there is no way to block this message outside of blocking texts from all of your friends who are immature pranksters. If you are in the middle of doing something with your iDevice and it just freezes, dollars to doughnuts that this text is the reason why. Hopefully, Apple comes up with a software update that will fix this problem soon.

source: EverythingApplePro via RedmondPie



1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Knowing Apple, this will be fixed in no time.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If its Apple all will be forgiven. If it this happen on Android, Apple band of merry trolls will be the first to post bombastic ridicule and sarcasm.

5. Nopers unregistered

It affects android phones too. It makes them lag a lot but not freeze.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Meaning? Any link for more information.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Because with android you'd be lucky to get this fixed within 6 months. Or like most never st all - just end up with a new device running newer update within a year or two. With Apple - I give it less then a month and sometimes in couple of days.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There no mention of Android having this problem. I do use Android on a day to day basis. Never even heard of the problem. Where else, i am aware that iPhone have this problem. Its so common that back on iOS 6 there already mention of the problem. Now its back. I think its because of the integration of iMessaging and SMS that give it complication. There's no iMessaging equivalent on Android. https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=sms+will+freeze+iOS

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Read the post in replying to: my point was, the reason Apple gets a pad is because they usually push a patch for these little things within a week or two. If android has an issue it's months if you're lucky.

11. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

New flash : these sms problems DON'T OCCUR with android :)

12. AlikMalix unregistered

1. Which android? 2. Stay within the context of the dialog - I'm replying to the post above mine. Android has little issues spread all over the android spectrum - then rarely get solved. The difference is how fast they're patched.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

We are discussing about this sms problem affecting iOS 10. One of apple fan claim that android has the same problem which is untrue. What you bring in are off topic which is a typical apple fan deflecting behaviour. Android users are well aware of Android related problems. We don't deflect when issue are brought up and pretend that everything is perfect. We discuss and come up with workaround and manage our problem. So much so we even have dedicated forum such as xda.

17. mikehunta727 unregistered

Please stop trying to speak for "all Android users" I have seen countless trollish comments from Android fans/mass deflections/lies from Android fans too who have tried to bolster their failing argument too. In reality Android users deflect more then any other fanbase by sheer volume of Android active user base. "We don't deflect when issues are brought up and pretend that everything is perfect" You must of not been on the internet for long to say a comment like this. I Have seen too many of tryhard wannabe Android enthuiast who just puts a bad name on actual intelligent Android users who don't just blindly hate other companies like Msoft or Apple etc

19. mikehunta727 unregistered

"Android users are well aware of Android related problems. We don't deflect when issue are brought up and pretend that everything is perfect. " Tell that to 90% of the Android users here on this site lol they don't act like this or seem to think this way, you and I are the small minority here

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Since you ask me a direct question i will tell you i don't perceive 90% of Android users on this site as trolls. Maybe 1 or 2 accounts that are the equivalent of Android Mxy. Most Android comments are personal experience or fact. We do not like to cover up flaw. Read my past comment. I share my personal experience with pre-loaded Android malware on generic Android handset and my challenges with wp10.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree, I went on a tangent. But you specifically asked why when it comes to Apple this is "all forgiven". And that's because it usually gets taken care of right away - and mentioned android as an EXAMPLE to compare.

16. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

you're the one getting out of context , we're not talking other problems , we're talking about the the sms leading to freezing issues no android gets these sms issues , else it would have gone viral .

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah.. they'll fix it in next update.. they'll also include new bug in that update... just like they always do...

18. mikehunta727 unregistered

Sounds just like every piece of software update, fixes a few things and changes the behavior slightly of other things which usually breaks/bugs a few things. Welcome to the computer world you 2000's born baby! This is very common in the software world, the behavior of updates on OS'es

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Why do we have the same damn argument every single time - you're forcing to bring android into an Apple article with every post: android has bugs with every one of the updates - but you don't hear about them usually because when new android update released only less the. 3% get it for the first few months. And so may different android forks have their exclusive bugs and problems with updates. (Source: any android forum). It's impossible to report these as they're different on so many devices. Apple has only few devices that get same software and adoption rate is super fast - it's easier to report on apppe bugs because of how fast the new software is adopted and how similar all devices are!!!

22. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Except Androids bugs don't freeze your phone for 3 minutes like joke iOS haha. Sorry you have to now accept your precious Apple is vulnerable like all OS's

23. AlikMalix unregistered

Android freeze all the time on their own, either incapable of processing graphics or poorly written code. I had a note 4 - the damn thing was a jitter lag nightmare where my iPhone 5s was (and still is today) smooth regardless what game I throw at it. LG G4 lags like crazy running Real Racing 3 that my older iPhones and 2012 ipad plays smooth. Do you know how many times I had to pull my battery just to reset your precious android phone - 3-4 times a week - it would just freeze on it's own doing basic tasks. Compared to that - how many times does someone actually needs to send you that specific message that freezes your iPhone for 3 seconds --- that's right, NONE, ZERO TIMES!!!! This is a non-issue that will be patched anyway with the next update. Geez.

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Replace Android with iOS and LG with Apple and you will find how disingenuous your comment is.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

Nope - still have my 5s running 10.2 - smooth, handles all the latest games and UI without a hickup.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I also had no problem with my android smart phone. So whatever you said about you LG are either faulty handset, incompetence OEM brand or user. If i have to guess i would be more inclined that the apple troll is lying. He knows nuts about Android because he don't even own what he claim to own.

29. AlikMalix unregistered

I never claimed I own android devices - I try them every two years when my upgrade is up - and compared to iPhone there's a lot to be desired in all that I tried. Especially in UI fluidity and basic everyday stuff.

30. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You don't own any Android device and yet you have non-stop negative comment on Android. Please be a social responsible person and stop spreading hear say.

31. AlikMalix unregistered

I purchase android devices and try them out once in a while. I have an overall worse experience with android devices vs iPhone. I have no disdain or spew derogatory comments toward those that prefer android. My posts are to assert that there are people that do not like the Holy Android but instead prefer iOS or even WP before Android. You'll only see any negative or critical comments toward android when I see someone spewing the same toward iOS - just to counter the unnecessary hate and ridicule of the iPhone users. I have no issues when someone criticizes ios or iPhone (unless its blatant lies and overexageration)...

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

This typed and posted with an iPhone 6S on iOS 9.1 ;)

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Fix after fix after fix after fix......

13. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I thought the ios was immune to any type of malware.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

iFroze........epic failure!

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