Winter, which is accompanied by cold, ice and snow, is not the best season for smartphones.
Many dangers lurk in these devices (which are not exactly cheap).
Although following the proper tips and tricks, your smartphone will pass this winter without suffering the slightest damage.
Winter is coming. This phrase not only makes Game of Thrones fans tremble, many people don’t like the cold, and electronic devices do the same.
Although as explorer Ben Saunders has shown us with his expedition to the South Pole accompanied by a Galaxy A5, making proper use any smartphone can survive the harshest winter without damage.
Always close to the body
Something important when the weather becomes colder and negative temperatures are reached is not to let the smartphone cool as much as possible.
For this reason, you should not carry your smartphone in a bag or backpack, but as close to your body as possible, i.e. in an inside pocket or in your trousers.
However, winter sports enthusiasts should be aware that in the event of a fall, a smartphone poses an additional safety risk and can cause injury. For high-risk activities, make sure everything is well-padded.
LCD displays are especially vulnerable to cold. Liquid crystals can literally freeze and cause the screen to malfunction at least temporarily, and even permanently damage it if exposed to the cold for a prolonged period of time.
OLED panels do not have this problem, although they are also not designed to withstand extreme cold.
So if you want to take care of your screens, in case of extreme cold use your smartphone only in case of emergency and for a short time.
Batteries don’t like temperatures below zero.
Batteries are, along with screens, another part of a smartphone that is particularly affected by the cold. Its capacity decreases noticeably in a cold environment.
It can also be detrimental to the battery to connect it to the charger when temperatures are very low. Therefore, the smartphone should only be recharged when a normal temperature has been reached again.
If you use your smartphone as a GPS navigator, remember to take it with you when you leave the car if you are going to leave it parked for a long time.
Cars cool down quickly when the engine is not running, so in winter they can become real coolers for smartphones.
The second important problem besides cold is humidity. Rain and snow (a typical winter thing) bring us puddles, traces of snow on the ground, drops and ice, things that are not at all good for a smartphone.
It is possible to protect against all this with waterproof covers and a little more care than normal.
However, there is still the hidden danger of condensation moisture. It forms quickly when a cold object heats up suddenly, (those who wear glasses know it too well).
Therefore, the smartphone should always be given time to thaw and should not be placed on the heater or defrosted using a hair dryer, as this could crack the glass on the screen.
It’s best to wait at least half an hour until you’re back on your smartphone after you’ve had it exposed to ice and snow, simply letting it rest or putting it in your pocket.
Surprise: protective covers protect
The protective cover should be almost mandatory in winter, because the risk of falling increases dramatically. When you slip on snow or ice, you usually drop your smartphone. And wearing thick gloves means we don’t have a good grip either.
By using the corresponding case, the smartphone is protected against falls, but in many cases it is also better protected against moisture.
By the way, a common mistake: unlike what happens with gloves or socks on a person, smartphone sleeves do not keep the device warm in the long term, because for that the smartphone should generate heat that the material of the sleeve is able to reflect.
At some point, your sleeved smartphone is just as cold as if it weren’t there.
Speaking of gloves, many smartphones are now starting to offer a glove mode that you can usually turn on and off in settings.
This is kind of comfortable when it’s cold. But generally, the accuracy of the touch panel will worsen somewhat and we won’t be able to count on the fingerprint sensor.
Luckily for them, those who have a smartphone with Face Unlock like the OnePlus 5T will not have this last problem.
Take out as much as possible
If your smartphone is wet or shows signs of moisture on the inside of the display glass, act quickly. The best thing you can do is take out the SIM card and the memory, and leave the corresponding slots free so that the humidity can come out. If your smartphone has a removable battery, it must also be removed.
But since many devices come with built-in batteries that can’t be removed, then all we can do in these cases is turn them off.
The smartphone usually takes at least a day to dry completely. Even if it works again, corrosion damage can occur and will become apparent later.