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Cold can be hard on cells, tablets, smartphones

Statement as issued Tuesday by AT&T:

Protecting your smartphone and tablet takes a few precautions to keep them safe from winter weather, says AT&T. Exposing your devices to extreme cold temperatures for extended periods of time may:

• Cause your battery to drain faster

• With prolonged exposure, make the phone's hardware more brittle and can lead to cracked screens, especially on devices with glass screens

• Cause condensation to form inside your screen if you turn it on while it is still cold

• Increase potential for permanent damage if you leave your device in "sleep mode" for an extended period of time.

Here are some AT&T tips for protecting your devices in extreme cold weather:

• Don't take your device out in extreme temperatures. When you're outside in weather like this, keep it in your purse, bag or pocket. Keep it protected.

• Don't leave it in your car or trunk for extended periods of time – definitely not overnight.

• Keep your phone or device in a protective case, like the Lifeproof or OtterBox case. These are waterproof, drop resistant and dirt proof.

• If you expect to be out in the cold for a while, invest in a Bluetooth device/earbud with mic and call answer buttons so that you can leave the device in your pocket while talking.

• If you know you have to expose your device to the cold for an extended period of time, turn it off and don't turn it back on until it has warmed up (this helps to keep condensation from forming.)

• Finally, for protecting yourself, if you're going to use your device outside or in cold temps, get yourself a pair of touchscreen gloves that you can leave on while using your device.

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