Every now and then we come across these kind of coincidences that can crash your iPhone. Nail Instagram’s seemingly normal story is responsible for blocking hundreds of iPhones In the whole world. Created by “@pgtalal”, when viewed on an iPhone, it will be locked without the user being able to do anything to prevent it.
On some occasions we have found similar stories like this post which also left your iPhone or Apple Watch locked. In this case, when you click, you will see the story with a gray screen with random arabic text written on itHowever, the iPhone will stop loading the story and the phone will stop responding.
And why is that? Is apparently related to the size of the stickers that we can introduce into a story. User “@pgtalal” made a story with two insanely large stickers. The stickers that Instagram allows in its stories they have a height and a width between 0 and 1 inch.
The the stickers used in the story of “@pgtalal” are very large, of the order of ten million inches. Being so big, the iPhone is unable to render them and crashes. The user managed to create this story by manually changing the height and width of the stickers using an HTTP proxy on the Instagram server.
What to do if your iPhone crashes while viewing an Instagram story?
In this case, your iPhone is completely locked and not responding to any touch on the screen. You can’t go back, you can’t exit Instagram or close the app. The the only option is to restart it manually:
- Force restart an iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and iPhone 12: Press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, and then press and hold the side button. When the apple apple appears, release the button.
- Force restart iPhone 8 and iPhone SE (2nd generation): Press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, and then press and hold the side button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.
- Force restart an iPhone 7: Press and hold the volume down button and the power / sleep button at the same time until the Apple logo appears again.
- Force restart an iPhone 6s or iPhone SE (1st generation): Hold down the power button and the home button at the same time until you see the Apple Apple again.
If you come across this story by chance, you know what you should do. Don’t worry if your iPhone freezes, you can use it again just by restarting the device.