Android iPhone and iPad Security

Don’t Tap That Link! This Website Will Crash Your Phone

Joel Lee 26-01-2016

There’s a new prank floating around the Internet and there’s no word as to when — or if — it will be fixed. For those who aren’t aware, the prank involves tricking people into visiting the website. Don’t do it, but if you do, make sure you visit using a computer.


In short, the website employs a bit of JavaScript code 3 Ways JavaScript Can Breach Your Privacy & Security JavaScript is a good thing for the most part, but it just happens to be so flexible and so powerful that keeping it in check can be difficult. Here's what you need to know. Read More to recall the HTML5 history in an infinite loop, which eventually causes the browser to run out of memory. What happens next depends on your device.


On iPhones and iPads, visiting the site forces your phone to reboot after about 20 seconds. On Android devices, the site slows your device to a crawl and causes it to overheat until you close whichever browser you used to visit it.

On computers using Safari, the site causes the browser to crash. With any other browser, the site slows the machine to a crawl until the tab is closed or the browser is exited.

The good news is that this prank causes no damage.


Here’s the prank aspect: People have been linking to the site using URL shorteners that disguise the actual address. If you encounter a shortened URL, you might be able to check its validity using one of these URL expander services Reveal Where Short Links Really Go To With These URL Expanders A few years ago, I didn’t even know what a shortened URL was. Today, it’s all you see, everywhere, all the time. The rapid rise of Twitter brought a never-ending need to use as few... Read More .

Unfortunately, expanders aren’t very convenient when you’re on a smartphone, plus they aren’t always effective. So for now, and until further notice, your best bet is to avoid all shortened URLs except when you absolutely trust the source linking it to you.

Have you fallen for this one yet? What are the worst social “pranks” you’ve ever seen on the Internet? Tell us about them in the comments below!

Image Credits: White iPhone by file404 via Shutterstock, Black iPhone by guteksk7 via Shutterstock

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  1. James
    April 16, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    You really don’t know what you are talking about do you it’s a joke

  2. Zeezo
    January 16, 2018 at 6:40 am

    My pro i want a link to carsh some one
    Phone three days no use
    Plze help me

  3. Tom Hal
    October 4, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    We're a group of researchers often in the field with clients, so have been for years seeking a very light, portable machine with terrific battery life (minimum, 8-hours) that allows us to view/edit/save files offline for syncing via wifi when we're back online. We tried the iPad Pro & learned we just couldn't do this with it. Speaking with Apple Support, this was confirmed; they suggested we try the new Macbooks, at about $1400 per machine. We'd need about 20. No thank you.

    Since we do work with other engineers and scientist in remote regions of the US, even cellular tethering isn't feasible often, so the Surface Pro running a fully-fledged OS gave us hope. We've looked at the MS Surface line-up for years, but tests with its various keyboard set-ups proved it to be far too unstable for us (vs a traditional laptop). Maybe there are some cover-keyboard combinations for the machine that overcome this limitation, but we haven't come upon any.

    Our biggest fears with this machine, however, are the many reports of functional problems, such as the negative reports on the Microsoft Store's comment page, representative of the hundreds of pages of complaints we find on other user review sites:

    Until we can feel confident our work wouldn't be interrupted by the above types of issues, we'll be sticking with our bulky laptops and portable power supplies for all-day work, sadly.

  4. csrss
    January 27, 2016 at 7:27 am

    This will also crash your desktop browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
    Ironically, there are two browsers that this does NOT work on: Microsoft Edge, and much maligned Internet Explorer. That's because of the different way they handle scripts; on Chrome and Safari it would just crash and Firefox would attempt to kill it but ultimately wouldn't be able to. If you try opening it on IE or Edge, it'll render the single message "What were you expecting?" on an otherwise blank page; fortunately, it won't crash, and you could just close out of the tab, although I did notice my fan flaring up regardless of which browser I used.

  5. Zach
    January 27, 2016 at 3:28 am

    No one is going to send me this link because they know an inevitable face-punching will result. I have zero patience for practical jokes (and why do they call them "practical" jokes when they're so impractical!)

  6. Spencer Carriveau
    January 26, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    It didn't crash Microsoft Edge on my Microsoft Lumia 950, cause it to over heat or anything. All it did was load the page and it said "What were you expecting?"

    • Tom
      January 27, 2016 at 3:00 am

      Son, the article clearly notes it is an issue on iPhones and iPads. Reading comprehension is such a tough skill to master.

      • Bob
        January 27, 2016 at 3:17 am

        Umm, did you read it? lol

      • Anonymous
        January 27, 2016 at 8:33 am

        But, But, But, It Did Crash OPERA15+ On My PC.

  7. Anonymous
    January 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Overheat Causes No Damage ?

    • Anonymous
      January 27, 2016 at 5:32 am

      Nope. The circuit breakers in your phone will ensure the system is powered off before the heat could cross damaging levels.

      • Anonymous
        January 27, 2016 at 8:30 am

        Thank You For Responding.