Will your delicate iPhone survive this week’s cold snap?

iPhone minimum temperature
Cold comfort: will your iPhone make it through the snowy snap?

Here we are in the middle of snowmageddon in the UK, where we’re facing frankly devestating scenarios such as this:

As a nation, we will endure. But will your smartphone? While you’re rushing out to take snow selfies or videos of the kids breaking their arms as they toboggan into Tesco’s, have you considered that your iPhone might not be as keen on the cold as you are?

iPhone minimum temperature

iPhones have, on the face of it, a pretty low tolerance to the cold. According to Apple’s official guidance, your iPhone should be kept “where the ambient temperature is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F)”.

If you’re looking at the weather forecast, seeing the minus temperatures, and are now worried your stupidly expensive smartphone is going to cark it the moment you step outside, chillax.

Bear in mind that’s the ambient temperature, not the temperature outside. The ambient temperature of your jeans pocket is going to be a lot warmer than absolute freezing, and if it’s not, you’ve got bigger problems than your phone conking out. Plus, the phone itself generates heat when switched on, helping to counteract any freezing temperatures.

Besides, unless you’re trekking through Siberia, the worst you’re probably going to suffer if the device does get too chilled is the cold shoulder. “Very cold conditions outside of its operating range might temporarily shorten battery life and could cause the device to turn off,” Apple warns.

Samsung, interestingly, doesn’t give specific guidance on minimum temperatures. Samsung’s official guidance focuses more on what happens when your phone gets too hot – perhaps understandable given Samsung’s history with smoking handsets…

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About the author

Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at barry@bigtechquestion.com.

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