Does your phone keep dying in the cold?

Published: Jan. 5, 2018 at 8:25 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- It is an issue many of us experience this time of year, when our gadgets will not hold a charge in the winter. It can be an issue of safety when phones shut of because according to

about 80 percent of people now call 911 with a cell phone in an emergency.

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter said when you go outside, it is important to keep your phone close to your body and answer calls with Bluetooth, if possible. Also, investing in a waterproof case can help protect it from being dropped in the snow. You can also carry an extra power source or mobile charger in your car. If your phone does die in the cold, Van Dinter said to wait a while before turning it back on when you get inside.

"What's going to happen is your phone is very cold, your house is warmer, it's got a little bit of moisture in it. Moisture is going to get attracted to that cold object. You're going to start to see some sweating or condensation on it. What you don't want to do is fire it up, at that point in time, because there are electronics inside and you may not have dropped it in a puddle but that's going to be enough moisture that could perhaps fry your phone," said Van Dinter.

Van Dinter also said a quick change in temperature, from cold to warm, can fracture phone screen.

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