Smartphone Issues? Blame the Cold.

Smartphone Issues? Blame the Cold.

According to experts, cold weather can lead to major smartphone issues.
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Let's be honest, many of us have smartphones, but very few read the fine print. When it gets this cold it turns out we probably should.

Below thirty-two degrees Apple warns that its devices might suffer from shortened battery life, or altered behavior. Garth Vest knows that first hand.

He says he's been having trouble typing texts and emails.

"It didn't start happening until the really low temperatures, and I walk to and from work, so my phone's in my pocket,” he said.

Steve Kelley has an LG phone, and works outside.

"Being outside in the cold does drain the battery," he said.

In some cases phones totally shut down after being out in the cold. Apple expert Jonny Wanser says that typically happens after a phone is brought inside from extreme cold.

"Condensation forms, and if your electronics are on, then it will cause corrosion because the moisture is in there, which will in essence kill your phone," Wanser says.

The experts at Small Dog Electronics say there are some easy things you can do to help protect your phone if you plan on being outside in the cold for a long period of time.

"What we recommend is turn your device completely off if it gets really cold or if you're not going to use it. Bring it into the room and let it warm up to room temperature, then turn it on," he said.

Apple adds that devices shouldn't be left in cars parked outside either. Temperatures can quickly fall below the acceptable range there. Apple says extreme heat, mostly over ninety-five degrees, can also harm devices.
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