There's A Viral Video Going Around That Will Crash Your iPhone

Yeah, you might want to avoid clicking it.
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When it comes to viral videos, we're usually the first ones to watch, like, and share themespecially when a baby panda rolling around in some snow is involved.

But the latest five-second clip that seems to be doing the rounds is one to be avoided at all costs, after The Verge discovered it actually freezes and crashes iPhones within 10 seconds of being played. This doesn't sound good.

The tech site reported that the video, which is delivered via a link in iMessage, makes iOS 10 play the file in the default player (like a normal clip)but it's what happens afterwards that's strange.

Because the video is corrupt, it generates a loop that causes your iPhone to slow down significantly and crash around 10 seconds after watching it. As in, the screen freezes, the home button doesn't work, and there's no way to get your iPhone to respond.

Of course, we're not gonna share the link to the video for obvious reasons, but if anyone does send you a video link via iMessage? It's best to avoid it, really.

The good news is, you can recover from the crash by holding the power button and home button at the same time to perform a hard reset. An iPhone will work as normal once it has rebooted this waylike when you have other similar problems.

Trolls need to stop, basically.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors. 

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