Those of you that like changing wallpapers of your smartphone, you should be careful because this particular image will actually soft-bricked your phone.
When your device is soft bricked, though it will show signs of life but won’t boot successfully or may display an error on the screen.
According to several users on Reddit and Twitter, the issue is caused by the color profile of the image, which exceeds the bounds of what Android can handle, causing a crash. This image is known to affect smartphones from Google, Samsung, OnePlus, Nokia, Xiaomi, and more, but have different effects on each of them.
Never set this picture as wallpaper, especially for Samsung mobile phone users!
It will cause your phone to crash!
Don’t try it!
If someone sends you this picture, please ignore it. pic.twitter.com/rVbozJdhkL
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 31, 2020
The issue was recently revealed by a known leakster, Ice Universe, on Twitter. While Huawei handsets were reportedly not affected by this issue, DO NOT try this with your smartphone. If you do end up doing this regardless of all the warnings, expect to see a crash.
If you adamantly test it, restarting your device in safe mode (by holding down the volume button during boot-up) will not fix the issue.
The guys at Android Authority tested it on his Pixel 2 and he got a message saying the phone can’t boot and offered the option to try again (which I did with no luck) or factory reset the device.
Eventually, the factory resetting the device fixed it. You shouldn’t try this if you have such an image on your phone.