Brr! Tips to Protect Your Smartphone in Cold Weather

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Temperatures may have risen a bit, but baby, it's still cold outside! In extreme weather, AT&T is reminding people to take proper care of electronic devices. The company sent us these cold weather tips for your smartphone, tablet and notebook.
Exposing your devices to extreme cold temperatures for extended periods of time may:
  • Cause your battery to drain faster
  • With prolonged exposure, make the phone’s hardware more brittle and can lead to cracked screens, especially on devices with glass screens
  • Cause condensation to form inside your screen if you turn it on while it is still cold
  • Increase potential for permanent damage if you leave your device in “sleep mode” for an extended period of time, especially with netbooks and laptops
Tips for protecting your devices in extreme cold weather:
  • Don’t take your device out in extreme temperatures. When you’re outside in weather like this, 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.
  • Don’t take your phone outside to shovel snow or sled. Not only do you expose it to the cold, but you have the chance of getting it wet.
  • Keep your phone or device in a protective case.  We recommend something like the Lifeproof or OtterBox case. These are waterproof, drop resistant & dirt proof.
  • Invest in a Bluetooth device/earbud with mic & call answer buttons so that you can leave the device in your pocket while taking calls.
  • If you absolutely must 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.
  • Finally, for protecting yourself, if you’re going to use your device outside or in cold temps, get yourself a pair of touchscreen gloves that you can leave on while using your device.

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