Protect your smartphones and tablets in cold weather

Posted at 1:17 AM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 05:25:35-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Protecting your smartphone and tablet from the cold temperatures will ensure their continued proper functioning.

Exposing your devices to extreme cold temperatures for extended periods of time may cause your batteries to drain faster.

Pprolonged exposure can also make the phone’s hardware more brittle, leading to cracked screens, and can cause condensation to form inside your screen if you turn it on while it is still cold.

Here are some tips from AT&T for protecting your devices in extreme cold weather:

  • The biggest and most obvious tip is to avoid prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. When you’re outside in cold weather, keep it protected in your purse, bag or pocket.
  • Don’t leave it in your car or trunk for extended periods of time – definitely not overnight.
  • If you need to expose your device to the cold for an extended period of time, turn it off and don’t turn it back on until it has warmed up. This helps to keep condensation from forming.
  • Your phone probably won’t’ stop ringing just because it’s cold out. If you expect to be out in the cold for a while you might want to invest pair of touchscreen gloves that you can leave on while using it and a Bluetooth headset that allows you to leave your phone in your pocket while talking.

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