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How to Winterize your Mobile Device to Prepare for Freezing Weather


My car is winterized. My outdoor faucets are shut off for the season. My garden is ready for next year. I’m prepared for winter, but one thing I didn’t give much though to until recently was my smartphone.

Families use mobile devices to make their lives easier, more efficient and meaningful. During harsh winter conditions, it’s a good idea to keep your device safe from the cold, just like you would for any other piece of equipment you want to last.

U.S. Cellular offers the following tips to help your wireless device survive this winter:

  • Accessorize: A LifeProof case is rugged and waterproof and can protect your device through inclement weather such as lifeprooffrigid temperatures, ice and snow. Another option, and one that I use, is a waterproof Otterbox.
  • App-etizing: AccuWeather, MyRadar Weather Radar, The Weather Channel and WeatherBug are among the leading free apps available on iTunes and the Google Play store to help keep people ahead of winter storms. I love using AccuWeather on my Samsung Galaxy S 5 to see what the weather is going to be like before I head out on the road, and it works like a charm on the strong U.S. Cellular Network.
  • Battery Blues: When cellphone batteries are exposed to cold temperatures, their performance dips like the winter mercury. Cellphone batteries that would provide 100 percent capacity at 80 degrees will typically only deliver 50 percent when it’s 0 degrees outside.
  • Cover Up: Prolonged exposure to the cold may affect a cellphone’s display screen. The display cover can become brittle when exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time, which causes the liquid crystals within the display to start freezing.
  • Don’t Fret When Wet: If a cellphone gets wet from condensation or an encounter with snow, power it down right away and remove the battery. You should grab a towel or napkins to get as much excess water off the phone as possible. You should leave a wet cellphone powered down for a day or two to give the internal circuitry a chance to completely dry out.
  • Phone for Cold and Snow: The Kyocera DuraForce is an ultra-rugged smartphone that is certified to operate all the way down to negative 22 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also certified IP68 waterproof, so it can be fully submerged up to 6 feet deep for up to 30 minutes, and with its “Wet & Glove Touchscreen Operation,” you can use the phone while wearing your winter gloves and the touchscreen will continue to operate when the phone gets snow or rain on it.

kyocera duraforce

With these tips at my disposal, and a phone that is protected from the elements, I feel confident about taking my S 5 outside with me wherever I go!

My phone is protected and ready for the cold temperatures – is yours? 


Don’t forget, keep your kids accountable when using their phone by setting up a Parent/Child Agreement.

Print it, sign it, post it, and remind them! 

parent child agreement




I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade and have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.



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17 Responses to How to Winterize your Mobile Device to Prepare for Freezing Weather

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) December 31, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    I’ve had an iPhone for years and it’s always survived the winters just fine 🙂 These are good ideas!

  2. Pennywise Cook December 31, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    This is a great idea! Though I don’t foresee us being in temps cold enough that makes this necessary around here, it’s good for those who are! I like the parent/child agreement too!
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  3. Jennifer December 31, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I’m super careful with my phone and my tablet. I see people walking around all the time with no case of any sort on their phone, and I can’t figure it out. Those things are expensive.
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  4. Jenna Wood December 31, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Wow, I never thought of all the ways the cold weather could impact my smartphone! Most surprising to me is battery life under 50 degrees- I’ll have to really loo into my cases and storage (no leaving the phone in the car during snowstorms!)

  5. Tiffany (A Mom's Take) December 31, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    My phone isn’t nearly as protected as it could be. I should do something about that with the cold weather now upon us.
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  6. Melissa Pezza December 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    That phone looks super hard core. I’d love to give it a try!
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  7. Crystal December 31, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    It doesn’t get too cold here but I should still be doing these things to protect my devices. We had snow on our forecast so I was definitely using my weather apps a lot to see how it was going to play out.
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  8. Ellen That Chic Mom December 31, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Great tips I never though to winterize my phone. Hopefully I don’t need the tip for dropping in the snow!
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  9. Tammilee Tips December 31, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    I never would have thought to winterize my phone or the effects on the phone from the cold. Great tips to remember this year.
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  10. Autumn @MamaChallenge January 1, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    What an interesting way to take care of your phone! I never thought of those, but will keep these front of mind.
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  11. Lee January 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    I never really thought about winterizing my phone. However I live in Florida so it isn’t an issue for me. I will however say that when I lived in NYC and walked in the freezing sleet snow this could have been a serious issue. Thanks for that education.

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  12. Gabriel Bregg January 1, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    After almost ten years of never breaking a phone, in the last month I’ve trashed two of them. That has me being a lot more careful about them, my last one was a ruggedized phone and I still managed to break it.
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  13. Debi January 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    I never thought about winterizing my phone. I love the kids contract.
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  14. ann b January 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    I would never have thought of winterizing my phone. very interesting and I’ll have to look into it more.

  15. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) January 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Oh boy! I never thought of winterizing my cell before. Interesting!

  16. Scarlet January 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    Good tips. I never knew that battery power dips when cold!
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  17. Stacey- Travel Blogger April 14, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

    These are important tips . You never know when an emergency might take place and you need your phone.

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