How to protect your smartphone in freezing conditions





With winter weather in full swing across the country, you might notice that your smartphone is faulty.

Your phone’s battery life could be compromised if temperatures drop too low.

Temperature can actually affect how phones work.

If a phone gets too hot or too cold, it can lock up to help regulate its temperature.

Many smartphones use lithium-ion batteries which are easily affected by the cold.

The science behind these types of batteries shows that as temperatures drop, the battery’s internal resistance increases, according to Science.

In simpler terms, this means your battery has to work a lot harder to keep your phone powered on and running.

As such, you might notice your phone moving slowly and visuals not being as sharp as usual.

In some cases, your phone’s battery may also suddenly decrease or even turn off completely even though you’ve had an almost full charge.

Luckily, any temperature-related issues usually go away once your phone is back in a stable environment.

Sometimes that just means your phone needs to be back in a warmer environment, but some models

But if you’re going to be outside in the cold for an extended period of time, you might want to turn off your phone to protect the battery.

A woman walks with a phone in the snow.
Any temperature-related issues usually go away once your phone is back in a stable environment.
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You can also move your phone to an internal coat pocket, as your body heat might help keep the device warm.

If you work outdoors in the winter, you can invest in a phone case with insulation to protect the longevity of your device.

Another hack is to carry around a portable charger. You can plug in your phone to keep it warm and to boost the battery if you know you’re going to be out in the cold.

It’s also important to note that even if you’re on a quick errand, it’s best not to leave your phone in the car, as this can affect its lifespan and operation.

Woman with phone in the snow.
If you plan on being out in the cold for an extended period, you may want to turn off your phone to protect the battery.
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Apple specifies on its website that phones should be stored between 32º and 95º F.

The company also warns that using devices in extremely hot conditions can permanently affect battery life.

A TikTok user recently revealed a trick to increase the battery life of Android phones.

This story originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced here with permission.




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