email@example.com (Evan Selleck)
For some iPhone owners out there, a strange bug is potentially wreaking havoc on folks trying to text Android users.
There are some iPhone users taking to social media to confirm that their device is running into a particularly strange bug. When they are trying to text an Android user, the iPhone is adding a “+” symbol to the beginning of phone numbers.
The problem isn’t just related to texting Android users, but also people using Google Voice numbers. The bug appears to be only impacting iPhone owners in the United States.
Adding the “+” character forces the iPhone to recognize the number as an international one, even when it isn’t. A normal U.S.-based number is automatically switched to an overseas one, causing delivery issues on both ends.
There are several threads on Reddit right now, with many iPhone owners pointing out their devices are running into the same issues. As of right now, there does not appear to be a reason for the bug.
It appears the bug is tied to the iPhone, with no specific callouts to people sending texts from the Mac. But with Macs relying on text message forwarding, it would seem reasonable that the issue would impact these users, too.
Apple’s update to iOS 16.5 earlier today does not seem to be the root issue, as many iPhone owners are pointing out the issue cropped up for them before the updates were released.
As far as fixes are concerned, some users have suggested that sending a text to yourself may patch the issue. Some users have suggested the fix is already present server-side, while others say to simply change the formatting of the number to add “+1” to the front.