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5 Tips for Protecting Your Smartphone and Tablet in Extremely Cold Weather

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Although it wasn't too many years ago that talking on the phone required being in your house and using a land line, thanks to the progression of technology, not only do cell phones make it possible for you to converse anywhere at any time, but smartphones are like little handheld computers that allow you to do internet surfing, check your email and even purchase things online too.

As far as computers, although we used to be confined to a desktop in our house or office, now we can take them everywhere, thanks to a handy invention known as the tablet.


So, when it's freezing outside and you're out and about, we're pretty sure that you want to be able to take your cell phone and perhaps even your tablet along with you. That's why we've offered you five tips for how to protect your smartphone, and also your tablet, in extremely cold weather below:

Don't talk on your smartphone or use your tablet during extremely cold weather.

Although just about all of us love having a smartphone or tablet that we can use anywhere and at any time, when it's extremely cold outside, it really is best to not use them until you can get to a place that is a bit warmer. While you're in the midst of snow, ice and bitter winds, place them into your coat pocket, backpack or purse until you can get indoors.

Don't leave your smartphone or tablet in your car (or trunk) overnight.

During the winter season, it's pretty common that the temperature can drop below freezing. Therefore, you definitely don't want your smartphone or tablet to be vulnerable to really cold conditions. That's why it's also important that you avoid leaving your smartphone or tablet in your car (including your trunk) for more than a couple of hours and definitely not overnight.

Don't use your smartphone or tablet while during outdoor chores.

If you're anything like us, there's a pretty good chance that you like to talk on your smartphone or use tablet in the midst of doing different chores because it helps to make time go by a lot faster. However, with snow and ice comes a lot of wetness and you don't want to run the risk of dropping either one of them in all of the slush. You can avoid this by leaving them inside of your house until you are done.

Don't forget to use certain smartphone or tablet accessories.

Say that you recently purchased a LifeProof Galaxy S5 or a new tablet. Well hopefully, you also picked up a few smartphone or tablet accessories too. For instance, if you absolutely must use your phone while you're outdoors, put it in your pocket and use the Bluetooth that you purchased. Also, don't have it outside with you for more than a couple of hours at a time. And when you're not using your smartphone or tablet, put them inside of a protective case. Our recommendation is to go with one like LifeProof. They're waterproof, dirt-proof and water-resistant too.

Don't turn on your smartphone or tablet until it has warmed up.

If there's no way that you can avoid leaving your smartphone or tablet outside for hours on end, then we have one more recommendation: turn them off the entire time. When you're ready to use them again, in order to avoid condensation from getting trapped into your smartphone or tablet, wait until you're inside of your car or indoors so that you can give them some time to warm up. After about 5-7 minutes, turn them back on and they should be fine and ready to use. For a list of smartphone weather apps that can also help you to protect your smartphone or tablet, visit Tom's Guide and put "best weather apps" into the search field.








Although it wasn't too many years ago that talking on the phone required being in your house and using a land line, thanks to the progression of technology, not only do cell phones make it possible for you to converse anywhere at any time, but smartphones are like little handheld computers that allow you to do internet surfing, check your email and even purchase things online too.

As far as computers, although we used to be confined to a desktop in our house or office, now we can take them everywhere, thanks to a handy invention known as the tablet.

So, when it's freezing outside and you're out and about, we're pretty sure that you want to be able to take your cell phone and perhaps even your tablet along with you. That's why we've offered you five tips for how to protect your smartphone, and also your tablet, in extremely cold weather below:

Don't talk on your smartphone or use your tablet during extremely cold weather.

Although just about all of us love having a smartphone or tablet that we can use anywhere and at any time, when it's extremely cold outside, it really is best to not use them until you can get to a place that is a bit warmer. While you're in the midst of snow, ice and bitter winds, place them into your coat pocket, backpack or purse until you can get indoors.

Don't leave your smartphone or tablet in your car (or trunk) overnight.

During the winter season, it's pretty common that the temperature can drop below freezing. Therefore, you definitely don't want your smartphone or tablet to be vulnerable to really cold conditions. That's why it's also important that you avoid leaving your smartphone or tablet in your car (including your trunk) for more than a couple of hours and definitely not overnight.

Don't use your smartphone or tablet while during outdoor chores.

If you're anything like us, there's a pretty good chance that you like to talk on your smartphone or use tablet in the midst of doing different chores because it helps to make time go by a lot faster. However, with snow and ice comes a lot of wetness and you don't want to run the risk of dropping either one of them in all of the slush. You can avoid this by leaving them inside of your house until you are done.

Don't forget to use certain smartphone or tablet accessories.

Say that you recently purchased a LifeProof Galaxy S5 or a new tablet. Well hopefully, you also picked up a few smartphone or tablet accessories too. For instance, if you absolutely must use your phone while you're outdoors, put it in your pocket and use the Bluetooth that you purchased. Also, don't have it outside with you for more than a couple of hours at a time. And when you're not using your smartphone or tablet, put them inside of a protective case. Our recommendation is to go with one like LifeProof. They're waterproof, dirt-proof and water-resistant too.

Don't turn on your smartphone or tablet until it has warmed up.

If there's no way that you can avoid leaving your smartphone or tablet outside for hours on end, then we have one more recommendation: turn them off the entire time. When you're ready to use them again, in order to avoid condensation from getting trapped into your smartphone or tablet, wait until you're inside of your car or indoors so that you can give them some time to warm up. After about 5-7 minutes, turn them back on and they should be fine and ready to use. For a list of smartphone weather apps that can also help you to protect your smartphone or tablet, visit Tom's Guide and put "best weather apps" into the search field.

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