Winter is Coming : Ways To Protect Your Device In Cold Weather

In Australia, winter begins at the start of June and finishes at the end of August. In the winter season, cooler temperatures are predicted all across the nation. Though snow is uncommon among the majority of Australia mountainous terrains of NSW’s Snowy Mountains, Victoria’s Alpine Region and the mountainous parts of Tasmania. The more mountainous areas can drop to as low as 6°C so be sure to wear a jacket and scarf to deal with the breeze.

Most smartphone batteries are lithium-ion, which can stop discharging electricity in freezing temperatures. In a condition like this many smartphones will start experiencing problems like shutting off, shortened battery life, display problems or even the glass shattering.

For the Apple phone users, If you look at the fine print in the user guide, Apple says that their phones are designed to operate in temperatures between 32 degrees F and 95 degrees F. There have been several reports that Apple's new iPhone X gets freezing and stop working in icy weather.

Here are some tricks you can try to keep your phone working in Arctic temperatures.

What To Do :

  1. Use a special case out in the cold so that your phone may stay warm and connected. Try some snowproof case like Lifeproof which is well known for its waterproof feature.
  2. Protect the battery. Lithium-ion batteries have a liquid inside that can freeze so put it in your pocket to keep it nice and warm or at least in a handbag.
  3. Checking the temperature before you go out is great to know before bad things happen to your device. Though an iPhone can withstand temperatures below freezing, its recommended operating temperature is still 32 degrees Fahrenheit or above, according to Apple.
  4. It’s best to turn off your phone because when they aren't turned on they can sustain much colder temps, down to -4 degrees F.
  5. If you’ve been shoveling snow for hours while listening to music, condensation can form inside your smartphone if you heat it up too fast. Yes, it’s possible to cause water damage in the phone without directly getting it wet.
  6. Apple warns that charging iOS devices in extreme temperatures can damage the devices further.Don’t ever charge your phone in extremely cold temperatures. The battery is already tense by the freezing condition so if you start charging, it can do even more damage.
  7. Keep your phone in a warm, interior pocket and don’t leave it in your car overnight. Smartphones are most vulnerable when left out in the cold or without heat for extended periods of time – to avoid leaving them in parked cars.

Conclusions

Think about it; when it’s freezing outside, of course, you’ll wear gloves and wool socks to keep your body warm and so does your phone. Yes, even our mobile phones can have trouble in extreme cold condition and need protection.

Your phone’s battery can slow down, the display might stop working, and the glass could even break too. You could try to prevent it by following the above tips. So, always be sure to be safe and connected wherever you go.


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