6 Cold Weather Tips to Protect Your Cellphone this Winter

As a runner I’ve had to get used to many different weather conditions, some I don’t mind and some I don’t like at all. Like, I love to run at the track with the sun beating down on me because it adds some extra intensity to my workout. I don’t even mind running in the rain, which is a realization that actually surprised me at the time. My least favorite weather to run in, though, is the freezing cold of winter. I figured that out the hard way when I was training for a half marathon and had no choice but to log many of my miles during the coldest time of year here in the Northeast. I was smart, though, because I always made sure I had the essentials including warm running tights, a few layers on top, a pair of gloves, and most importantly my phone. Not only in case of an emergency, but also because my phone is my music player. It’s funny, though, because it turns out that mobile devices don’t necessarily enjoy being out in extreme cold temperatures any more than I do. However, did you know there are ways to actually winterize your cell phone in order to prepare it for the freezing temperatures and protect it from damage when the weather gets cold? I know I didn’t, which is why I’m really glad my friends at U.S. Cellular shared a few tips to keep my Samsung Galaxy S5 safe this winter and I’d really love to share their tips with you as well!

Cold Weather Tips to Protect Your Cellphone

Kyocera DuraForce

  1. Accessorize: A LifeProof case is tough and waterproof and can protect your device during severe winter weather, including frigid temperatures, ice, and snow.
  2. Best Weather Apps: AccuWeather, MyRadar Weather RadarThe Weather Channel and WeatherBug are some of  the most popular free apps available on iTunes and in the Google Play store to help keep you up-to-date on winter weather.
  3. Battery Blues: When cellphone batteries are exposed to chilly temperatures for extended periods of time their ability to function drops like the winter mercury. Mobile device batteries that would provide 100% capacity at 80 degrees will usually only deliver about 50 percent when the temperature outside dips to zero.
  4. Cover Up: Extended exposure to the cold could harm your cellphone’s display screen. The display cover can actually become weak, which could cause the liquid crystals inside the display to begin freezing. Yikes!
  5. Don’t Fret When Wet: If a cellphone gets wet due to condensation or from getting dropped accidentally in the snow, turn it off immediately and remove the battery. Use a towel or napkins to get as much excess water off the phone as possible and leave it turned off  for a day or two to allow the internal circuitry a chance to dry out fully.
  6. Phone for Cold and Snow: The Kyocera DuraForce is an ultra-tough smartphone that is built to withstand frigid temperatures down to -22 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also certified IP68 waterproof, so it can be fully submerged in up to 6 feet of water for up to 30 minutes and with its Glove & Wet Touchscreen Operation you can even use the phone while wearing winter gloves or if the screen gets wet.

If you need to be out in the cold with your cell phone for any length of time I hope you find these tips to be helpful because it you’re anything like me then it would be truly devastating if any harm came to your beloved mobile device.

P.S. Did you give your child their first cell phone for Christmas? Did you upgrade them to a smartphone? If so, this Parent/Child Agreement is a must-download to make sure everyone is on the same page and always using their phone responsibly.

Disclosure: I’m a compensated member of the U.S. Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade, but thoughts are always my own. 



  1. I’ve lived in cold weather states but have seldom given thought to how it effects my electronics. I know better now!

  2. Great advice to remember. Lot’s pf people can use these tips.
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  3. Any recommendations for cases that can be used with Nokia Lumia phones?
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  4. These are some great tips. I never thought about the cold weather having an effect on my cell phone.
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  5. Great tips! Some of these I have never even thought of! <3
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  6. Great tips, unfortunately here in South Florida we do not really have to worry about cold weather, wish we did though!
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  7. Interesting I had n clue cold weather had that effect on phones. Good to know will take better care.
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  8. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I got my husband a Lifeproof case for Christmas and I am sitting here wondering why I didn’t get myself one, too. It’s awesome.

  9. I didn’t know that the cold could impact the battery life. That’s good to know.

  10. Great tips, I have left my phone in the car overnight a few times in the winter, and it has an impact.

  11. I had never heard about the Kyocera DuraForce phone but I am going to let my family that lives in a very cold state know about this. I live in a warm weather state so I usually have more issues when it heats up in the summer.

  12. I never even realized that cold weather could affect your phone, I’ve always been worried about overheating and the AZ heat in the summer!
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  13. We did get my daughter a smartphone for Christmas this year and the Parent/Child agreement is just what I’ve been looking for so we can establish some reasonable boundaries!
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  14. These are good ideas. People often forget that phones are impacted by teh winter termperatures.
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  15. Great ideas! I just moved to Michigan from Tennessee and I’m dreading the colder winter!
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  16. Love your tips! It makes sense to me that temperatures would have an effect on our phones.
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  17. This is a great phone! Absolutely love this

  18. I had no idea this kind of cell phone existed. I would love a phone that is made to withstand the harsh winter conditions.
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  19. I don’t think Florida got the memo. It was like 80 here yesterday! I don’t have to worry about this, but in fact, the opposite problem! Sometimes my phone gets TOO HOT!
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  20. Great tips as the winter weather sneaks in. Too bad we have rain instead of snow down here in the South. Still having to make sure it doesn’t drop in puddles.

  21. Great tips thanks a lot

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