Stupid Iphone text message put my iPhone into a constant reboot cycle - HELP!!

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  1. polo3400, May 28, 2015
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    polo3400 macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    Behind you!
    My friends thought it'd be funny to send my a tonne of the same
    "Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗"
    message to me, but it crashed my phone. Left it for hours in a reboot cycle - no avail. Anyone know of a fix? I'm completely unable to get into my phone. I've even phoned Apple, who said to restore it - this didn't even solve the problem!!
    Really worried - would updating to a beta fix it? Thanks for any help in advance.
    Please don't do this more than once to your friends, it's a major pain in the ass.

    Edit: Messages were sent on Whatsapp*
  2. EDH667 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Northern California
    Did you try a DFU Restore?

    To put the phone in DFU mode. While connected to iTunes via USB, hold the power and home buttons for 10secs then release the power button only leaving the home button pressed.
  3. polo3400 thread starter macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    Behind you!
    Yeah I've tried

    Problem being that iTunes doesn't recognise it because its constantly restarting, just crashes iTunes.

    Nevertheless, I've restored the phone twice now.
  4. canuckRus macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2014

    Siri of possible use?

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  5. polo3400 thread starter macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    Behind you!
    Nope, can't access siri

    The most I can do is (maybe) swipe to put in my passcode before it reboots again.

    I used another phone - cleared my messages.
    Problem still there on the original phone.
  6. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    first thing you need to do when you get your phone fixed is to BLOCK those IDIOTS from being able to contact you. Friends like that, people don't need!
  7. Tuscany123 macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2015

    Apparently this should fix it. Going forward you should turn off text notifications until Apple releases the update to fix this.
  8. excommie macrumors regular

    May 12, 2009
    The only fix that worked for my coworker, that I just implemented (he was able to use the iPhone, just wasn't able to get to Messages app)
    1. set the date few months forward
    2. iMessage setting - delete all messages older than 30 days
    You'll loose all messages.
  9. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    can we prevent this from turning imessages off until this is fixed?
  10. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    I believe this can happen with regular text messages, and even messages in other apps, like WhatsApp (as mentioned in the OP), and other similar apps (like Viber, etc.).
  11. polo3400 thread starter macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    Behind you!
    Cheers for the help everyone.

    To confirm, it works with any messaging apps, other than emails, that sends you notifications. Even Snapchat.

    If you get stuck in a reboot cycle like me, your phone is essentially corrupt so you better have a backup handy.

    Update to a beta of IOS and it'll fix the problem.
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