With winter weather in full swing around the country, you may notice that your smartphone has been glitchy.
Your phone’s battery life could be in jeopardy if temperatures drop too low.
Temperature can actually affect how phones function.
If a phone gets too hot or cold, it may glitch to help regulate its temperature.
Many smartphones rely on Lithium-Ion batteries which are easily affected by the cold.
The science behind these types of batteries shows that as temperatures drop, the internal resistance of the battery increases, according to Sciencing.
In simpler terms, this means that your battery has to work that much harder to keep your phone on and running.
As such, you may notice that your phone is moving slowly and that the visuals aren’t as sharp as usual.
In some cases, your phone’s battery may also suddenly decrease or even turn off completely – even if you had a nearly full charge.
Luckily, any temperature-related glitches usually subside once your phone is back in a stable environment.
Sometimes this just means your phone needs to be back in a warmer environment, but some models
But if you’re going to be out in the cold for a prolonged period of time, you may want to turn your phone off to protect the battery.
You could also move your phone to an internal coat pocket, as your body heat could help keep the device warm.
If you work outdoors in the Winter, you could invest in a phone case with insulation to protect the longevity of your device.
Another hack is to carry a portable charger. You can plug your phone in to keep it warm and to boost the battery if you know you’re going to be out in the cold.
It’s also important to note that even if you’re running a quick errand, it’s best to not leave your phone in the car, as this can affect its battery life and functioning.
Apple specifies on its website that phones should be kept between 32º to 95º F.
The company also warns that using devices in extremely hot conditions can permanently alter battery life.
A TikTok user recently revealed a trick to boosting the battery life of Android phones.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.