How to protect your smartphone from the cold?

No matter how much we try to postpone this moment, nothing depends on us. Winter has nevertheless come and we need to accept that the next few months won’t be too warm. Therefore, the problem of using a smartphone in cold weather becomes more urgent than ever. 

The modern smartphone has long turned from a communication tool into a multitasking assistant that we use everywhere. For example, you can easily book a 7 passenger SUV rental directly from your smartphone. All you need to do is install the corresponding car rental application. Unfortunately, even such a simple task as car rental may not be available due to the detrimental effect of cold on your device. 

We read expert advice year after year, but we don’t listen to them when we expose our devices to the cold. So, don’t be surprised why your new smartphone’s battery gets worse after just six months. Using a smartphone in winter is a bit like digital hygiene – we stubbornly ignore these problems, and then we wonder why something goes wrong. Well, if you want to use your smartphone safely even in freezing weather, check out some important tips.

Pay attention to the phone’s body material 

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Glass phones are a modern trend. However, in addition to scratching quickly, being fragile, and being expensive to repair, they have certain difficulties with use at low temperatures. Fortunately, glass phones have advantages as well. 

For example, aluminum smartphones freeze harder than glass ones. If your phone is made of glass, then you are a little more fortunate – the battery of a glass smartphone will last much longer than an aluminum one at low temperatures. Naturally, this does not free you from carrying your smartphone in a case in winter, if you don’t want to face blackouts in the cold. 

Choose a suitable place to carry your phone 

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Yes, you need to carry your phone in your inside pocket. Sometimes it’s inconvenient, but in this way, you will protect the device from sudden shutdowns. The phone simply won’t cool down to low temperatures. 

The problem arises if you carry your smartphone in a bag or backpack, where it’s much cooler. As long as your device is closer to your body, the battery is less exposed to frost, thereby reducing the risk of battery degradation. The same applies to situations when you use your smartphone in the cold – it’s better to reduce the number of such sessions until you enter a warm room.

Avoid screen flickering 

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The screen refresh rate decreases in cold weather. It’s both funny and sad at the same time. It seems that your smartphone is starting to slow down, but the reason is only the freezing of the display. In the event of prolonged hypothermia, the display matrix may be subject to damage that can’t be corrected in any way. You may even need to contact a service center. 

Neither IPS nor OLED screens like cold temperatures. If you notice that the display has started to work slower, then quickly put the phone in your pocket, but don’t try to warm it with your breath.

Warm up your smartphone properly 

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No smartphone likes moisture, even if it has a high ingress protection (IP) rating. You probably noticed that condensation appears on the phone after you entered a warm room from the cold. Unfortunately, it can appear not only outside, but also inside. Therefore, don’t take your smartphone out of your pocket right away, but let it lie in a jacket or jeans for some time. 

For the same reason, you shouldn’t breathe on your smartphone if it turns off in the cold. This can cause condensation to appear inside the smartphone and, as a result, oxidation of the contacts. Of course, in no case should you try to heat your phone with a hairdryer, as too fast heating is also harmful to the device. You can overdo it, and thus even cause the battery to explode.

Don’t charge your smartphone when it’s cold 

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Low temperature is the enemy of your gadget’s battery. Smartphones not only discharge faster in freezing temperatures but also break down faster when recharged cold. Never charge your smartphone in cold weather, as it will kill your phone. 

But this is not a reason to get a power bank and connect a smartphone to it as well. Go indoors and let your smartphone warm up, and only then connect the charger. Also, don’t leave your phone in the car in winter, as the interior cools down incredibly quickly and your smartphone gets cold too.

Clean your smartphone from snow properly

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What to do if you accidentally dropped your smartphone in the snow? You don’t need to do anything if you kept it in a case. This practically eliminates the risk that snow will penetrate into various holes, then melt and create condensation inside the device. 

However, if this happens, then you need to take care of properly drying your phone. First, you need to turn it off in order to avoid an accidental electrical short circuit due to moisture. And secondly, you need to dry your phone. Do this very carefully so as not to overheat the device.

A smartphone and too cold weather are incompatible things. Prolonged exposure to cold is bad for your device and can cause premature failure. Therefore, you should always try not to overcool your gadget and use simple rules to help it stay in work as long as possible.





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