Up until now, sending a certain emoji to an Apple iPhone running iOS 11.2.5 would cause its apps to crash unexpectedly. While there wasn’t an exact reason why this was happening, Apple has nonetheless fixed it in a new update rolling out to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches in the form of iOS 11.2.6.
To install the update on your device, head over to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap “Download and install” next to the iOS 11.2.6 listing and you’ll be good to go. I recommend jumping on a Wi-Fi network first alongside plugging in your device beforehand as a) you don’t want data overcharges on your bill and b) you don’t want your phone or tablet to die during the installation process.
iOS 11.2.6 release notes
- Fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash
- Fixes an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories
Apple also released tvOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, and a supplemental update to macOS 10.13.3 to patch up the same issue.