If you’re in the northeast United States, or anywhere where it gets incredibly cold you may be wondering how this cold will affect your phone. Luckily, AT&T has your back so whether or not you’re an AT&T customer your can follow these tips to make sure your phone is safe this winter.
AT&T’s Tips for Protecting Your Device From Cold Weather:
You’re careful enough to protect yourself with coats, gloves and scarves, but what about your smartphone, tablet and notebook? It requires a few special precautions to keep it safe from winter weather too. 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.
So here are some tips from AT&T for protecting your devices in extreme cold weather:
- The biggest and most obvious – don’t take your device out in extreme temperatures. When you’re outside in weather like this, keep it in your purse, bag or pocket. Keep it protected.
- Don’t leave it in your car or trunk for extended periods of time –definitely not overnight or if you’re driving up to the Poconos for a day of skiing or snowboarding, don’t leave it in your car all day.
- Don’t take your phone outside to shovel snow or sled with your kids because 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 Life proof or OtterBox case. These are waterproof, drop resistant and dirt proof.
- Your phone probably isn’t going to stop ringing just because it’s cold out, so if you expect to be out in the cold for a while and want to heed our advice about keeping it in your pocket, invest in a Bluetooth device/earbud with mic and call answer buttons so that you can keep on talking!
- If you know for some reason that you just have 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.)
From us here at OneTechStop, we hope that you have a happy and safe winter and use extreme caution when traveling.