The science behind why your phone shuts down when it's cold outside

  • Cold weather can be bad news for your phone – extreme temperatures can stop the lithium-ion battery and temporarily shut down your phone.
  • Apple recommends using its iOS devices in temperatures between 32 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In November 2017, Apple released an update to prevent the iPhone X from shutting down during a rapid temperature drop. However, extreme temperatures, like those during a polar vortex, could still jeopardize a phone’s battery life.
  • Watch the video above to find out why your phone stops working when it gets cold out.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published on October 24, 2016.

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