1. Windows Central Question's Avatar
    Got text on my Lumia 520 from my sister's Samsung Galaxy 3 weeks ago in Asian characters. She said it happened to her coworker weeks ago. I re-booted phone. Tonight, 3 texts from a friend's iPhone, then 1 from my sister. Online translator can't translate. These are sent in English and arrive on my phone in Asian, perhaps Chinese. Again after re-boot tonight. What do I do?
    10-20-2016 03:58 AM
  2. jeffchapik's Avatar
    Is the sender sending emoji's? The text may contain an emoji your phone doesn't recognize.
    10-20-2016 06:54 AM
  3. DD F's Avatar
    See this forum:

    the problem seems to be suddenly common.

    10-20-2016 11:55 AM
  4. jeffchapik's Avatar
    Gbobman in that thread alluded to the same thing I'm thinking. Android and iPhone users are sending proprietary emoji's that our phones don't recognize. What you are seeing is the text representation of a graphic image.
    10-20-2016 04:34 PM
  5. Dusteater's Avatar
    I am getting the same thing frequently starting the last week or so. All texts from an iPhone. But why would one emoji cause the entire rest of the text to be garbled?
    10-20-2016 05:09 PM
  6. ShakaSurf's Avatar
    Me too! This month. A few but more often now! Some from Samsung phone using just regular smiley emoji, then some from iPhone6. Maybe it has something to do with a recent update or a virus??
    10-21-2016 12:35 AM
  7. ShakaSurf's Avatar
    Yes! Just this month! Doesn't seem to be from emoji because my sister's been texting me for months. just confirmed she used standard smiley emoji! I guess I'm downloading virus protection...
    10-21-2016 12:40 AM
  8. jeffchapik's Avatar
    There are no viruses on Windows phone. The way the OS is built, they can't do anything. So you won't find any *real* virus protection software.
    10-21-2016 06:48 AM
  9. ShakaSurf's Avatar
    You're right, no "real protection" for windows phones since programs all run in sandboxes. Very odd that it seems it started sparsely with others toward end of summer and is now in full swing during October. Makes me think it's a hack to a recent update or a maybe messenger hack. A friend is convinced it's vendetta from a biotech company that doesn't like what we published...their little seeds.. planted to..annoy.....
    10-21-2016 04:56 PM
  10. ShakaSurf's Avatar
    Got long text in Chinese. out that's not one on my lumia 520. Buddy resent text without the sticking-tongue emoji that's not included in my keyboard figures. Got it in English. BUT, same emoji & short text arrived in English! Strangely random. Is there any help Windows Central Moderators can offer?
    10-22-2016 02:32 AM

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