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5 tips for protecting your smartphone from the cold

5 tips for protecting your smartphone from the cold

12/20/2013

After the thrill of the first snow of the season has come and gone, the winter months can be difficult to bear, especially for those who live in northerly areas of the country. It's not just your extremities you have to worry about keeping protected from the cold, either: Exposure to the high winds and low temperatures of winter can negatively affect your smartphone, too.

Keep in mind these five tips for protecting your mobile device from the damages or failures that can result if you let your smartphone spend too long in the cold.

1. Consider battery life
One of the primary effects the cold can have on your device is the reduction of its battery life. As such, it's imperative that you keep your smartphone or tablet charged if you plan on using it in sub-freezing temperatures. Tech Senser went a bit further, suggesting that you keep a car charger handy in your vehicles at all times, in case winter travel complications keep you temporarily vehicle-bound.

2. Purchase a case
By now, iPhone and Android users alike should be well aware of the advantages of having a case for their smartphones. Given how valuable your device is - not just monetarily, but also in terms of how many tasks and aspects of your life you use it for - it should go without saying that your smartphone needs a shell.

But cases also come with an advantage you might not have known about: By keeping your device warmer, they can help protect it against the harsh effects of the cold, Tech Senser noted. Alternatively, warm household items like socks might help thaw out a device that has had its battery power sapped by exposure to freezing temps.

3. Limit your usage in the cold
Of course, the best rule of thumb is to avoid taking your device out at all when you're outside on the coldest days of the year. 40Tech pointed out that in addition to reduced battery life, winter temperatures can result in cracked screens. As such, it's worth waiting a few minutes until you're indoors to send an important text message, as this may help prevent you from having to call upon your mobile phone insurance for a new device. Instead, keep your smartphone tucked safely in the pocket of your warmest coat when outdoors.

4. Keep tabs on your device
Perhaps you've already had the experience of returning to your car after an hours-long shopping session on a frigid December day - only to find that you left your Android or iPhone on the front seat, and it's powered down. Make sure you take your device with you wherever you go during the colder months so as to avoid leaving it in a near-arctic environment for a long period of time. If you do find your phone has shut off, don't start it back up immediately.

"Condensation can form inside your device if you turn it on while it's still cold," 40Tech noted. 

If, despite your efforts, you find yourself faced with a cold weather-related mobile device emergency, ProtectCELL's smartphone protection plans can help you recover with data backup and phone buyback.

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