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Warning: This Wallpaper Can Crash Your Phone; How to Fix

A new Android bug is making the smartphones to crash and leaving them unusable. We are talking about wallpaper which can crash your smartphone leaving it useless. This wallpaper makes the system UI crash on some smartphones while creating a boot loop on others. Well, some smartphones are alright with this wallpaper too but its still not a good idea to try it on your phone.

This issue has been spotted by IceUniverse on Twitter, this wallpaper seems to exceed the sRGB colorspace on Android smartphones. This issue has been first spotted on the Samsung devices but later we got reports of other smartphones crashing from this wallpaper running Android 10 or lower.

This happened because the histogram value of the image is more than 255 which is more than the sRGB limit on Android. This problem has not been spotted on Android 11 beta maybe because the developers fixed this bug in a new version of Android.

Well, a popular developer Davide Blanco interfered in this issue and found out that this wallpaper is in RGB color space. The sRGH color space on Android is not detecting the image and crashing the system. This bug has been reported to the AOSP platform and the patch may be on the way for all the Android smartphones.

How to Fix your crashed smartphone

If you ignored the warning from IceUniverse and tried this wallpaper hence a crushed smartphone then here is the solution. The wallpaper only soft bricks the smartphone so if you reboot your phone to the safe mode and change the wallpaper, you are good.

  1. Press and hold the power button to bring up the Power menu.
  2. Now tap and hold the Reboot option from there.
  3. A pop up will ask you if you want to reboot to safe mode, tap OK.

After that, your phone will reboot to the safe mode and then you will be able to change the wallpaper and reboot normally to the regular model. If you are not able to bring up the power menu then you have to reset your smartphone from the recovery mode where you will lose all your data.

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Amit Rahi

He is a tech enthusiast who always keeps an eye on the latest tech news. He is a master at Android and Windows “how to” articles. In his free time, you will find him tinkering with his PC, playing games, or browsing Reddit. At GadgetsToUse, he is responsible to update the readers with the latest tips, tricks, & hacks to take the most out of their gadgets.