You’re not the only one that needs to bundle up this winter– your cell phone does too! As temperatures drop into the bitter cold, remember that excessive time outdoors can negatively impact the performance of your smartphone or tablet. Continue reading to understand why cold weather impacts your phone and how you can protect your device during the winter months.
The Reason Cold Weather Impacts Your Phone
According to Apple, iPhones and iPads should be kept in temperatures ranging from 32ºF to 95ºF. Outside of that operating temperature range, your device may experience shortened battery life, touchscreen issues, and trouble charging. In extreme cases, the device may even shut down altogether.
smartphone in snow and cold weather
If your device is experiencing the aforementioned issues during winter months, rest assured there is a scientific explanation for its behavior. A majority of modern smartphones operate using lithium-ion batteries, which are far more sensitive than alkaline batteries. When lithium-ion batteries are exposed to frigid temperatures, chemical reactions within the battery slow down or stop completely. As a result, the battery discharges significantly less current than the device needs to continue operating. The phone mistakes the slowdown in current for your device running out of juice, and therefore, it begins slowing down performance, shortening your battery life, and ultimately shutting down your device.
Fortunately, the issues caused by cold weather are only temporary. Once the lithium-ion battery warms up and reaches its recommended operating temperature, the device’s performance resumes as normal.
Tips to Protect Your Phone Against the Cold
Although the effects of cold weather on your device are only temporary, the computer repair team at Treasure Coast Network Solutiions prefers to keep devices working optimally at all times. Use these tips to keep your phone operating in tip-top shape all winter long.
- Keep the cell phone in your bag or purse to shield it from inclement conditions. If possible, keep the device in your pant or coat pocket. Your body heat can help the device stay within its operating range.
- Use an insulated, thermal protection phone case.
- Turn off your phone if you plan to spend an extended period of time in cold weather.
- Wait to charge and restart your device until you’re within the recommended operating temperatures. Restarting the device immediately after it unexpectedly shuts off may cause more harm to your battery.
- Do not leave your phone in your car overnight or for long periods of time.
- Always keep a backup power source with you, especially in case of an emergency on icy roads.