Cold warning for all iPhone owners as risk of frost has been revealed

A BIT snow can help get you in the Christmas spirit — but freezing temperatures aren’t as fun for your iPhone.

If you’re suddenly getting dodgy iPhone battery life – or a handset that won’t turn on – then Britain’s cold snap could be to blame.

A woman walks her dog through the snow in County Durham at night


A woman walks her dog through the snow in County Durham at nightCredit: PA

Much of the UK is currently experiencing snow and freezing temperatures.

This frosty weather always leads to complaints from iPhone users that the battery life is not up to par.

However, you shouldn’t worry too much.

It’s not uncommon for this to happen. In fact, Apple even has a dedicated support page that explains the issue.

“Low or high temperature conditions can cause the device to change behavior to regulate its temperature,” writes the iPhone maker.

“Using an iOS device in very cold conditions outside of its operating range may temporarily decrease battery life.”

Apple adds that very cold temperatures “could cause the device to turn off.”

The support page continues: “Battery life will return to normal when you bring the device back to higher ambient temperatures.”

The good news is that the real problem isn’t cold weather – which only temporarily affects your iPhone – but hot weather: “Using an iOS device in very hot conditions can permanently decrease battery life.”

Why does cold weather affect phone batteries?

Your iPhone—and other smartphones too—use lithium-ion batteries.

These batteries contain an electrolytic liquid.

When it gets very cold, this liquid can crystallize—like honey in a cold pantry.

In this case, the current cannot flow properly through the battery.

That means you can end up with significantly worse battery life.

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In some rare cases, this may mean shutting down your phone completely.

Luckily, once you get to a warm place, your phone should work normally.

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