You already know your devices can overheat in hot summer weather, but did you know that cold weather poses its own set of problems? Remind yourself about best practices for keeping your devices warm and in top shape all winter long.
- Cold weather means screens and internal components can become more brittle and fragile, so dropping a phone or tablet could be even more dangerous in the winter than other times of year. Make sure you have a protective case on your device, and don’t take it off, especially outside in the cold.
- If you’re in a temperate region, it may seem incredible, but smartphones actually stop working around -40°F, and some at even warmer temperatures. Even moderately cold winter temperatures can make your phone or device seem sluggish. Don’t be alarmed, but try not to use your device in very cold temperatures.
- Keep your device in a pocket close to your body if possible when you’re outside for a while, and protect it from snow or other precipitation. If you need to take a call outside, use your earpiece or headphone controller to answer and keep the phone sheltered and warm in your pocket.
- Don’t leave devices overnight (or for long periods) in a car in cold weather. Exposure to very cold temperatures can permanently damage components.
- If your device has gotten cold outside, let your phone warm up to room temperature before using; otherwise you risk condensation forming inside the device if it heats up quickly after coming inside from the cold.
Take good care of your device and you can avoid electronic frostbite this winter!