Every now and then, there comes a moment in everyoneâ€™s life when you suddenly feel the need to really mess up someoneâ€™s day. Be it your boss breathing down your neck, your ex-boyfriend posting about his new relationship on Instagram, or that creepy dude from Tinder trying to arrange a second date, sometimes all we really need is to enact a swift and brutal act of revenge.
Thatâ€™s where the latest iPhone hack comes in. With a simple combination of emojis, you can utterly ruin someoneâ€™s day by crashing their phone and rendering it useless for a good ten minutes.
The discovery comes via YouTuberÂ EverythingApplePro, whoâ€™s posted a video explaining exactly how you can crash nearly any iPhone instantly.
Drumroll, please. The combination is: the waving white flag emoji, a zero and a rainbow emoji. (A zero isnâ€™t technically an emoji but you get what we mean.) During his explanatory YouTube video, EverythingApplePro explained:
â€œWhat variation selector 16 (VS16) does in this case essentially is tell the device to combine the two surrounding characters into one emoji, yielding the rainbow flag. The text youâ€™re copying is actually a waving white flag, VS16, zero, rainbow emoji. What Iâ€™m assuming is happening is that the phone tries to combine the waving white flag and the zero into an emoji, but this obviously canâ€™t be done.â€
It turns out that the hack might not work for every single iPhone, however. In order for the emoji sequence to succeed, the recipientâ€™s phone has to be running iOS version 10.0 to 10.1.1. Check out the video below for a full explanation of the best methods.