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Tips to protect your phone in cold weather

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While bundling up, it is also important to keep your trusty cell phone warm, otherwise it could get too cold to work. While bundling up, it is also important to keep your trusty cell phone warm, otherwise it could get too cold to work.
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

Cold snaps pose a danger not only to humans, pets and vehicles but also to something people count on every day.

When it is this cold, cell phones could stop working when people need them the most.

While bundling up, it is also important to keep your trusty cell phone warm, otherwise it could get too cold to work.

Broken cell phones pour into Mission Repair this time of year due to people slipping or falling. But besides the accidents, the extreme cold takes a toll.

LCD screens become sluggish and batteries don't last long, says Mission Repair general manager Troy Harris.

"If you're trying to use the battery itself in the cold weather, it will deplete it quickly," Harris said.

Different cell phones perform better than others. It is best to follow the manufacturer's guidelines.

Apple tested their iPhones to perform best at temperatures no higher than 95 degrees and no colder than 32.

The best thing to do when a phone's screen freezes is turn it off and warm it up slowly, Harris said.

Otherwise, the extreme temperature change could crack the screen or even damage the computer parts inside the phone.

"When you take metal outside, it shrinks," Harris said.

And there is a possibility of the metal breaking.

The best advice Harris has to help phones survive the cold is keep it close to your body on the inside of your coat. It'll keep it warm and functioning properly.

He also stresses not to leave it in the car.

In addition, if you're planning a road trip, bring along a secondary charging source. That way you'll be able to keep your phone charged in a winter emergency.

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