Beware! Don't use this image as wallpaper on your Android phone

A 'cursed' wallpaper could crash your phone with its color profile

The lovely image is circulating on the social media platforms, and there are several users who are setting the image as the wallpaper despite the warnings.

The image in question, first flagged by renowned leaker Universe Ice on Twitter, looks completely innocuous and shows a landscape with cloud cover and greenery. As revealed by the popular leakster Ice Universe, an image showing a scene of sunset when used as wallpaper on an Android device is bricking the smartphones. However, there are reports suggesting that Pixel phones are not immune as well.

Many people use different images wallpapers, varying from scenic locations to images of celebrities.

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As 9to5Google's Dylan Roussel points out, the wallpaper doesn't crash on phones running Android 11 since it automatically converts incompatible image color spaces to sRGB while that's not exactly the case with Android 10 and below. On the bright side, the nature of the weird bug means that applying any kind of processing to the image - from changing a single pixel to screenshotting it - should render it safe to use.

As a small reminder, folks, when someone warns you not to do something to your phone, then you probably shouldn't do it, but at least unlike catastrophic bugs like Telugu text messages crashing iPhones, someone has to intentionally set this as their wallpaper.

The image has been making the rounds across social media - because we Android nerds are a curious lot and when we hear something will mess up our phones, we apparently take that as a personal challenge - and has been wrecking havoc on phones of the idiots stupid enough to set the original image as their wallpaper. Either way, it has been soft-bricked. To recover your phone, you will have to reset your device from the bootloader, which will result in the loss of data. Other images will likely lead to the same issue.

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