This URL will crash your iPhone

A URL, which is said to be an iPhone crusher, has recently made its way to social media where most people are posting warning messages about it while some others are using link shorteners to trick their friends into opening it.

The warning messages are asking iPhone users not to visit crashsafari.com on an iPhone because it will crash the browser or even the device itself.

“We tried this and can confirm that the website will indeed crash an iPhone 6S and an iPhone running iOS version 9.2.1 and a regular iPhone 6 running iOS 9.2,” The Huffington Post reported.

Further, smartphone users have been warned that if they are using a recent iPhone or one running the latest version of iOS they are probably at risk.

Here is what happens when you tap the URL:

It will load for a moment and then crash Safari or force a reboot of your iPhone, sending you back to the home screen with everything else intact. Depending on your settings, you might lose some tabs, but it won’t do anything to damage your device otherwise, the newspaper claims.

However, 9TO5 Mac, a technology website, claims that although the crashsafari.com is annoying but will not compromise the user’s personal information. It explains that the site relies on JavaScript to create a loop with the History API which means it will not compromise your personal information, adding the glitch works on desktop version of Safari, though not many people use that.

Apple, the iPhone manufacturing company, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the website.

Meanwhile, a similar test was run on the Samsung S6 Android phone while using the Chrome browser and it did not crash the phone but the website did freeze the app, making it switch on to a different URL.

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

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