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Tips for Using Your Smartphone in Cold Weather

Written by Angie Hammond, Administrative Assistant for Data Network Group.

Extreme weather can be hard on sophisticated electronics devices, like your smartphone. So with winter approaching, here are a few tips to keep your mobile phone fully functional when it's cold outside.

For starters, keep your phone fully charged. Cold temperatures can run the phone's battery down more quickly. Make sure you have a car charger to keep your phone charged if you get stranded or stuck in traffic on icy or snowy roads. You might also want to think about an extra battery as backup.

Make sure to handle your phone with extra care as the temperature falls. The display screen can become brittle when exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time, and could be more susceptible to cracking. When you are outside for extended periods, keep your phone in a warm place like an inside jacket pocket, keeping it close to your body for warmth. Avoid leaving it in an outside pocket or backpack or in the car overnight.

Finally, remember that you can't dial or access the keyboard on a touch screen with traditional gloves. If you need access to your phone while outside in the cold, you might consider purchasing a new type of gloves that have an electrically conductive overlay in the fingertips, which allow you to use your phone while still wearing the gloves and keeping your hands warm. Local Boulder company, Agloves, produces and sells these touchscreen gloves. Check them out at


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