How to keep your phone functioning well in frigid temperaturesPosted: Updated:
Smartphones can’t withstand the extreme cold and, since that snowball fight technically didn’t happen if you don’t Tweet, Instagram or Facebook it, let’s talk how to keep your phone from freezing.
Lithium-ion batteries just don’t work well in the cold.
As you snap photos of your family having fun in the snow, you’ll probably notice your phone battery drains faster than normal. Or, it might be fully charged and then suddenly it goes dead.
Local tech expert with Integral, Burton Kelso, said the safe range for tech devices is 50 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Well today, we’re looking at temps hovering around 0 degrees, plus a Wind Chill Advisory.
So, Kelso shared some tips to protect your phones, laptops, tablets, and other tech in this cold weather.
First of all, back up your data regularly.
Data lost from on hard drive doesn’t have to equal data that's lost forever if you use a cloud-based service like iCloud or Google Drive.
Then, warm up before booting up.
When you bring your device in from the cold, let it warm up slowly to room temperature before you turn it back on.
“If you turn your smart device on after it's been out in the cold, it can build up moisture and dew that will cause it to ruin the internal circuits,” Kelso said.
Also, get a protective case so your phone doesn’t end up looking becoming a cracked, shattered, or broken mess.
“A lot of people don't realize that smartphones and tablets become brittle in extreme cold weather,” Kelso said. “So, if you'd got a protective case, it can do one of two things. Firstly, it can make sure that if you drop your phone, it doesn't shatter or the screen doesn't break and the second thing is, it gives it an extra layer of protection to keep it warm so that you can use it in these adverse temperatures.”
You should also carry a power bank.
The cold sucks the life out of your batteries. Having a power bank (or even an extra charger) ensures you’re ready in case of an emergency. Even if that emergency is posting a photo to social media.
Also, don’t leave your phone alone in frigid places for too long. In your parked car, for example.
Stashing them in your pocket close to you, where it can absorb some of your body heat, is best.
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