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Fixing the Unicode Error in App Messages in iOS 8

As we told you yesterday, an error was found in the Messages application, which plays when it receives a specific Unicode string, causing the application to close or even reboot the iOS device, both the iPad and the iPhone.

We’re going to offer you four tutorials to fix or prevent the problem , at least until Apple releases the update they’ve promised to fix the bug. We’ll explain some tips to prevent the error, if by bad luck or because they just wanted to play a joke on you, you received the damn Unicode string. Join us.

Preventing errors with the lock screen

Fixing the Unicode Error in App Messages in iOS 8
Fixing the Unicode Error in App Messages in iOS 8

It is possible that the error will cause errors with the lock screen, each user is affected differently. To prevent this error from affecting you, simply follow these four steps.

  1. Launch the “Settings” application on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Go to the “Notifications” section.
  3. Access the “Messages” application in the “Notifications” section.
  4. And disable the “Show screen lock” option.

How to prevent errors with the Apple Watch

To avoid errors with the Messages application in the Apple Watch, you can follow this simple tip and disable the alerts from your iPhone.

  1. Open the Apple Watch application on your iPhone.
  2. Go to the “Notifications” section.
  3. Once inside, access the “Messages” section and click on “Custom”.
  4. Once inside, disable the “Show alerts” option.

Cleaning the notification center to prevent error

If you have already received the Unicode text string, these two tips can fix the error, either by using Siri to send a text message or by sharing a photo with the Photos application.

Via Siri

To solve the error using the voice assistant.

  1. Press and hold the Home button to access Siri.
  2. Once Siri is open, tell her “Send a message to…” and the recipient you want.
  3. Click on send or say “Send” to Siri.

Sharing a Photo

You can also solve the error by sharing a Photo with a Messages contact through the Photos application, we explain you how to do it.

  1. Open the Photos application on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Click on any photo to share it.
  3. Click on the “Share” button and then select “Messages” from the list of applications.
  4. Click on the recipient you want to send the image to.

With these tips you can prevent errors caused by the Unicode text string, while Apple works on the patch to fix the problem. But these tips will not help you open the conversation or message containing that string, as it will still cause the failure. If you’ve been affected by the bug and have found a solution other than the ones we’ve offered you thanks to iMore, feel free to leave it in the comments, it will be a great help for everyone.

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