A weird bug has emerged that affects textual content messages between iPhone and Android customers. In keeping with a variety of reviews on Reddit, texts despatched from an Android consumer to an iPhone consumer are erroneously including an additional digit to the telephone quantity.

The issue is attributable to textual content messages being delivered from an Android consumer to an iPhone consumer, however the iPhone is inserting a “+” signal in the beginning of the telephone quantity. This causes the Messages app, or the service, to imagine the message is coming from a global telephone quantity – utilizing the primary digits because the worldwide code.

Within the Messages app, that incoming message from the Android consumer is then cut up off into its personal messaging thread. When the iPhone consumer tries to reply inside that thread, the message fails to ship. They will reply as regular within the authentic thread, however when the particular person responds, the brand new message is put into the identical thread with the inaccurate worldwide telephone quantity.

In lots of circumstances, the service’s automated system then sends a message telling the iPhone consumer to “re-send utilizing a legitimate 10 digit cellular quantity.”

One Reddit consumer explains:

I went to textual content my greatest buddy this morning, and the message went via in our regular textual content thread. For context, she is an android consumer. When she responded it, it began a brand new thread together with her quantity and a plus signal in the beginning. After I reply to it, I get an invalid quantity error, however she nonetheless receives the textual content. If I textual content her in our regular thread, she receives it too. However all her responses come from a quantity that’s invalid.

One other Reddit consumer:

I’ve had my telephone for a yr now and haven’t had any points texting with Androids till at the moment. Even simply yesterday I used to be texting one among my buddies and it was appearing completely regular. Immediately after I texted her I obtained her response from a quantity that was her quantity however spaced out in an odd means (the final digit within the space code was lumped in with the remainder of her quantity.) Anytime I textual content that chat window again, I obtain a direct error message saying invalid quantity, however after I textual content in our authentic dialog it’ll undergo. Basically my texts to her and her texts to me are displaying up in two completely different chat home windows.

It’s unclear the place precisely within the pipeline this bug is happening. On condition that these messages are being despatched utilizing SMS, nonetheless, it looks like some form of networking problem on the service’s finish. We’ve seen a variety of reviews on this downside impacting AT&T prospects. It’s unclear if it’s an issue impacting different carriers as effectively.

The issue appears to occur primarily when an iPhone consumer texts an Android consumer on AT&T, no matter what service the iPhone consumer has. The issue doesn’t seem like tied to at the moment’s launch of iOS 16.5.

Reddit threads on this downside:

We’ll replace this story if Apple, AT&T, or one other service acknowledges the issue. Are you having points texting with Android customers out of your iPhone? Tell us down within the feedback.

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