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Whatever you do, don’t type this message into Skype

Updated 5 years ago
Skype Message Crash Windows, Android, iOS
Image: Venture Beat

Apple’s iMessage isn’t the only chat platform that can be crashed with help of a silly message, as Microsoft’s Skype is also similarly vulnerable.

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The two incidents aren’t related however: Apparently it takes a much shorter message to crash Skype, Venture Beat reports.

Typing the following message inside Skype “h ttp://:” will crash the app. Furthermore, Skype will then crash any time you try signing back in after the app’s original crash.

A simple trick such as clearing chat history won’t be sufficient, as Skype will apparently download your chat history from the server, causing it to crash again. One way of fixing the issue is telling the person who sent the message to delete it.

Testing the bug, the blog discovered that Skype for Android and iOS fall into endless crash loops when the message is received. Skype for Windows also crashed, but Skype for Mac was left unharmed.

Meanwhile, Skype has confirmed the bug and it’s working on fixing it, Microsoft told the site.

The company has already taken a first step towards eliminating the issue by automatically replacing the message with a “This message has been removed” alert, Business Insider reveals.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.