How The Chill Hurts Your Smartphone
Cold weather can damage your screen by permanently dimming it at 10 degrees, cause battery issues at negative 10 degrees, force the device to shut off at negative 20 degrees, cause irreversible LCD and battery problems at negative 30 degrees and completely ruin the device between negative 40 degrees and negative 55 degrees, Popular Mechanics reported.
You have to take some extra steps to protect your device from the freezing temperatures so it does not sit in the cold for long periods. According to the International Business Times, you should care for your smartphone just like you would treat your own body. Keep devices close to your own body heat so devices don't reach subfreezing temperatures in your loose pockets.
Additionally, limit taking your device out of a warm spot and using it in the cold temperature. The less you use your smartphone in subfreezing temperatures, the fewer chances you will damage your device's battery or screen.
Taking extra steps to protect your phone
Another recommendation from IB Times is to wrap up the device with a scarf or additional piece of clothing like you would for any exposed skin in the cold months. Place your phone in your gloves when you're noting using them or carry an extra glove to keep your phone in while it rests in your pocket.
One of the best ways to prevent your smartphone from seeing water damage is to keep it away from snow activities. The majority of water damaged phone incidents happen when people go sledding, skiing or shoveling snow, the source reported. To prevent a water damaged phone, simply leave it behind for the activity.
Jeremy Kwaterski, a smartphone repair expert and employee at CPR Cell Phone Repair, explained if your smartphone turns off from the cold weather, you should wait until it's fully warmed to a normal temperature before attempting to restart it, CNN reported.
"Restarting your phone immediately could actually cause more harm to your phone and actually shorten your battery life," said Kwaterski.
Kwaterski added that your smartphone is made of several delicate parts and microchips that simply aren't built to withstand severe temperatures and can malfunction when exposed for a long time, CNN reported.
Your smartphone's screen is obviously very sensitive to touch and when the device is exposed to extended periods of cold weather, the screen can be dramatically affected. However, to add extra security to your devices through the freezing days of winter, personal insurance will replace devices that are damaged by water, snow or cold temperatures.