How to Fix the Black Dot Unicode Bug Crashing iMessage

Troubled by Unicode string, your iMessage seems to be completely hijacked, making you wonder what's going on! Jump over to troubleshoot black dot of death that's crashing iMessage on your iOS device. It’s time Apple completely put an end to the Unicode attack!

The Unicode string has returned to haunt iOS users all over again! The annoying bug seems to have engulfed both the iMessage and operating system. It has a black dot, pointing left emojis and several other hidden characters. Luckily, there is a quick way to fix the black dot Unicode bug that is crashing iMessage on iOS.

If someone sends you an iMessage loaded with tons of invisible Unicode characters and when you try to open it, the Messages app crashes out. To get rid of the issue, simply delete the entire conversation that contains the annoying message. If you have encountered this issue on your device, dive across to shoot it out immediately.

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Fix “Black Dot of Death” Unicode Bug That’s Crashing Message on iDevice

Note: As per reports, the Unicode bug has affected iOS 11.3 and iOS 11.4 which is currently in beta.

Follow the steps mentioned below on your iPhone with 3D Touch. For those unfamiliar, the iPhone 6s and later (except iPhone SE) is equipped with the touch technology.

Step #1. First off, force close the Messages app. On your iPhone 8 or earlier devices, simply double-click the Home button to bring up App Switcher. Then, swipe up on the app card to quit the app.

On your iPhone X: You need to swipe up from the gesture bar and hold. In the app switcher mode, touch and hold the app card you want to force close. A red close button will show up; tap on it to force quit the app. Alternately, once you hold the app card and the red button appears, swipe up to Kill the app.

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Step #2. Now, you need to ask Siri to send a reply to the person from whom you received the Black Dot.

Step #3. Next, 3D Touch on the Messages app icon from the home screen and select New Message in the menu that pops open.

Step #4. Tap on Cancel at the top-right corner of the New Message screen. Then, tap on Edit at the top-left corner of the conversation list and select the circle to the left of the conversation containing the problematic message.  Now, you should see a blue checkmark.

Step #5. Finally, tap on Delete at the bottom-right corner to eliminate the conversation.

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Follow the below-mentioned steps on your non-3D Touch device:

On iPad and iPhone Without 3D Touch

Step #1. Force quit Messages app on your iOS device. Just double-click the Home button and swipe up on the app card to kill the app. Now, you have to invoke Siri and ask it to send a reply to the sender of the message.

Note: You may have to send the message multiple times until the message with the Unicode string is pushed out of the visible part of the conversation.

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Step #2. Now, launch Messages app and select the back arrow at the top-left corner to go back to the conversation list.

Step #3. Tap on Edit at the top-left corner of the conversation and select circle to the left of the conversation.

Step #4. Finally, you need to hit Delete at the bottom-right corner to get rid of the conversation.

That’s pretty much it!

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Have your say

The Unicode attack has troubled iMessage several times before. Hopefully, Apple finds a way to keep it away for good. Let us know your feedback and whether or not you have succeeded in eliminating it.

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Rajesh Mishra
Tracking down the trending stories that are making headlines on the Internet and exploring Apple devices are what appeal Mr. Mishra the most. Aside from catching up with the fun-loving videos and FPS, he likes playing badminton and composing poems!


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