Your iPhone may switch off in the cold weather, but here's what you can do to stop it
It's not built to withstand extreme temperatures...
The cold weather is poised to hit Ireland hard over the next few days with freezing temperatures and snow promised for large parts of the country.
Unfortunately, electronic gadgets, particularly those powered by lithium-ion batteries, are not suited for temperature extremes.
The iPhone, for example, is designed to perform well in a wide range of ambient temperatures, with 16 degrees to 22 degrees Celsius as the ideal comfort zone.
Outside of this threshold, battery life and performance of devices is reduced, but once the battery’s temperature returns to its normal operating range, its performance will return to normal as well.
A 2016 statement from Apple explains how the cold weather issue affects their devices:
"We also want our customers to know that an iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions, such as extremely cold temperature. To an iPhone user, some of those shutdowns might seem unexpected, but they are designed to protect the device’s electronics from low voltage."
If you take out an iPhone on a cold day, the battery life diminishes quickly. Within a few minutes, the battery can lose enough power to shut down the device.
The device is not actually discharging, but rather, the lithium-ion battery simply cannot function at extremely cold temperatures. The lithium ions slow down under cold temperatures, diminishing the flow of electricity.
Experts recommend a number of different fixes, from the obvious, keep your phone inside your layer of clothing to keep it warm.
Or you can purchase a thermal case (seems a bit excessive though) or you can simply turn your phone off.