Does Cold Affect iPhones?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Epicnessx, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. Epicnessx macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2012
    I was just curious if using the iPhone in the cold can cause it to stop working or bother it in someway?

    Just wondering as I text quite a bit and it's starting to get colder out.

    And will turning it off at night when it's cooler in the house be okay?
  2. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    What do you consider cold? 20 below zero? Then yes, it will affect the phone.
  3. Epicnessx thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2012
    Well lately the weather has been 0 to -4.
    But soon it may be more like -10 to -15.
  4. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    Sorry, should have been more clear. Fahrenheit not Celsius. When you get down to -15 C or lower, it will start having some effect on battery life and the LCD screen.
  5. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010
  6. Epicnessx thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2012
    If I put it in a phone sock while not in use will it be okay?

    And if I use it in the car while it's cooler than the reccomended temperatures is that fine?

    I forgot to add that when I turn it off at night I do put it in a phone sock.
  7. llustig macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2010
  8. Josh220 macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2008
    I've been camping in very cold temps. It'll kill your battery but that's it. Charge it up and you're good to go.
  9. Epicnessx thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2012
    Yeah more than likely I am being too paranoid lol.
    My phone is almost like my child haha.
  10. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    Don't you have heat where you live?
  11. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    Ur body would succumb to the cold before your phone would. And really, don't you use heat in your home or car when it's freezing outside?

    If u are even the slightest bit serious with this post, please check yourself into a mental institution. No offense, but u are crazy.
  12. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    That will do absolutely nothing. You forget socks only work because they retain the heat our body creates, the heat created by an iPhone is almost negligible and that might actually cool it down more (such as the case of putting clothes on snowmen)
  13. bwhli macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Sometimes when it gets cold, my screen looks like it's lagging. Could just be my eyes playing tricks on me though. Not sure.
  14. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    unless you are talking Alaska cold in January ... you should be fine.:apple:
  15. Kisey macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
  16. Bluphyre macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2012
    Wow those scratches from one slide..
  17. ManuCH macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2009
    I can actually understand the OP's question. Of course people do have heating where it's -15C outside, but you know, people sometimes go out for a walk, or they go skiing.

    When I'm in a skiing resort during winter, -15C is an everyday occurrence. I try to keep my iPhone warm by sticking it in a pocket which is closest to my body (as opposed to external pockets that are basically at -15C just like the outside air).

    When using it for prolonged periods of time out in the air with these temperatures, battery life is dramatically reduced. But other than that, nothing happens.
  18. Rixides macrumors newbie


    Oct 3, 2012
    Colorado Springs, CO
  19. Rixides macrumors newbie


    Oct 3, 2012
    Colorado Springs, CO
    * bump * b/c this contains some important info....
  20. fishmoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2008
    I live in Sweden. I've used my iPhone in -20C. It's fine. The screen sometimes feels stiff but its not an issue.
  21. CyBeRino macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2011
    I've taken phones out at -29°C at the top of a french mountain and basically what happens is the screen messes up (in my case it just went black) and often times the battery will stop giving juice.

    But it'll recover from both of those issues once it warms up again.
  22. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    The LED screen's response time would start to increase.

    Long term usage outside of Apple's recommended environmental stats would likely decrease battery life. Heat would permanently damage the battery, while cold would cause it to temporarily discharge more quickly.
  23. LoloBond macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2011
    Temperature range for all commercial electronic components is 0C (32F) to 70C (158F). The phone will definitely work at 0 if you keep it inside your coat and take it out to make a phone call, but prolonged exposure to temperatures below the MFG specification can cause failure to operate and this is not only hardware related but software too.
  24. dchao macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2008
    Extremely cold temperature will damage your lithium ion battery, and shorten the battery life.

    These batteries are only designed to run from 0ºC to 60ºC.

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