PlayStation 4 users, if you are a regular PlayStation Messages user, we recommend that you stop using it immediately and close an open privacy hole to avoid bricking your PS4 console.
There is a malicious message, First reported by users on Redditcurrently touring and causing consoles to crash and requiring a factory reset to rebuild and access your games and data. Affected users also encourage others to delete the malicious message from the PlayStation Messages app before logging into your PSN account after restarting the PS4 and crashing.
This malicious message error is quite similar to the error faced by iMessage users earlier this year when a Telugu character caused the messaging app and device to crash. It’s the same on PS4 at the moment (seen in the screenshot above) and here’s why you can protect your console before it soft bricks because of this bug:
Steps to Protect PlayStation 4 (PS4) from Message Error
1. Download the PlayStation Messages app to your computer. Android or iOS login to your device, your account and Go to ‘Settings’. We use the Android app on the OnePlus 5 to change the settings.
2. Under Settings, Go to ‘Privacy Settings’ and then ‘Personal Information | ‘Messaging’ option to get to the most important steps of the process.
3. The PlayStation Messages app will ask you to re-authenticate before tweaking your privacy settings. once you You have to tap the ‘Edit’ button next to ‘Messages’.
4. Here’s what you need to do Change the default messaging setting from Everyone to your most obvious choice i.e. “Nobody” To avoid receiving a malicious message. If you trust the people you regularly enjoy a game or two with, you can choose ‘Friends Only’.
You can also follow the above-mentioned steps from your PS4 console or from the web. Go to your profile (top right) and click ‘Personal Information | Messaging’ option and protect yourself from malicious messages.
On the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, you need to go to “Settings > Account Settings” and then privacy settings to stop messages from anyone.
We recommend setting it to “Nobody” to avoid the possibility of bricking your PS4, even as a prank by your friend.
I hope you find this method useful to protect your PS4 console from a message error that has trapped countless users. If you have any other cheats at hand, let us know in the comments section.