Why Google Search crashed on asking “How many emojis on iOS or Window”

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When individuals try to search for “How many emojis on iOS” and “How many emojis on Windows,” a strange thing happens. When looking up these phrases, Google search engines fail to show answers.

Google Search is throwing a server error, shown below.

“We’re sorry but it appears that there has been an internal server error while processing your request. Our engineers have been notified and are working to resolve the issue“.

Please try again later”.

How many emojis on iOS

However, Google was quick to resolve this issue within 3 hours. The issue originated from a country-specific domain,, but then spread to, as further confirmed by YCombinator Hacker News.

Why did Google Search crash over a simple search term?

Google has not disclosed the specific cause of the Google search engine failure, but it is related to This is because when asked about anything emoji-related, Google attempts to pull data from to display in the Google term “Featured snippets.”

These Google searches all contained the same error, and the only thing they had in common was the word “emoji.”

1. “how many emojis on ios”

2. “how many emojis on apple”

3. “how many emojis on windows”

4. “how many emojis on lumia”

5. “how many emojis lumia”

I am not technically an expert in these areas, but “Unicode” is primarily to blame.

In simple terms, more than a million code points are supported by Unicode, and they are denoted by a “U” followed by a plus sign and the relevant hex number. It has a vast character set with glyphs and emoji for every language spoken in the globe. Computers determine which set of bits should be represented as which character using the UTF encoding.

For Ex: The word “Hello” is written U+0048 U+0065 U+006C U+006C U+006F

All browsers (Including yours’s Google Chrome) and all search engines (including Google) use Unicode internally and convert all other encodings to Unicode for processing. Here’s the list of all Unicode characters and list of Emoji Unicode.

The Google Search engine crashed because Google could not extract the proper Unicode characters from for “feature snippets.” iOS and Windows have nothing to do with it because they are not the ones causing these problems.  

I hope this slightly helps you to understand the cause of the Google search engine. Let me know what you think about it in the comment section.

Shashank Sharma
Shashank is a tech expert and writer with over 8 years of experience. His passion for helping people in all aspects of technology shines through his work. He is also the author of the book "iSolution," designed to assist iPhone users. Shashank has completed his master's in business administration, but his heart lies in technology & Gadgets.

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