Some Android phones can be soft-bricked using this picture as a wallpaper

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Have you ever heard of those message strings or files that you can send to other users to cause their phone to reboot? We’ve heard the story a few timesmainly on iPhones — and now there’s a seemingly similar issue affecting some Android devices. A simple picture has the ability to soft-brick some Android phones if it’s set as the wallpaper, and we’re not entirely sure why.


Please do not try this yourself.


Ice Universe, a leaker who focuses on Samsung products primarily, recently tweeted about an image file that was causing some smartphones — especially Samsung models — to crash and soft-brick. What exactly is a soft-brick? That’s when the device can’t be used in one way or another, but can be fixed using relatively simple methods such as deleting a file or resetting the device.

For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, this simple image is causing some Android phone to crash and then enter a state of being soft-bricked when the image is set as a wallpaper. Upon being set, the device crashes and continually turns the screen on and off on the lockscreen. There’s no way to leave this loop as even a reboot causes the phone to keep doing this after turning back on.


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  • kltaylor
    kltaylor Member, Beta Tester Posts: 1,231
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    "Why is this happening? All crap due to metadata and how SystemUI checks this. In the ICC profile metadata, the file creation date is 0000: 00: 00 00:00:00, since the date is less than the Unix start time (January1, 1970), a bootloop occurs."
    "There's a fine line between audacity and idiocy."
    -Warden Anastasia Luccio, Captain
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