Every now and then, there comes a moment in everyone’s life when you suddenly feel the need to really mess up someone’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.
That’s where the latest iPhone hack comes in. With a simple combination of emojis, you can utterly ruin someone’s day by crashing their phone and rendering it useless for a good ten minutes.
The discovery comes via YouTuber EverythingApplePro, who’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 isn’t technically an emoji but you get what we mean.) During his explanatory YouTube video, EverythingApplePro explained:
“What 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 you’re copying is actually a waving white flag, VS16, zero, rainbow emoji. What I’m assuming is happening is that the phone tries to combine the waving white flag and the zero into an emoji, but this obviously can’t be done.”
It turns out that the hack might not work for every single iPhone, however. In order for the emoji sequence to succeed, the recipient’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.