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AT&T offers a guide to keeping your smartphones and other devices safe from the summer heat

AT&T offers a guide to keeping your smartphones and other devices safe from the summer heat

With triple-digit temperatures reaching inland, our smartphones, laptops, tablets and other electronic devices need extra care to function properly.

This means you should avoid leaving them in your car on a hot day.

“Try to move your devices to an area with some shade,” said Elizabeth Magaña, AT&T Technology Specialist. “We know how important it is for everyone to have their devices with them at all times, especially when we need them.”

AT&T offered tips such as not exposing devices to direct sunlight, not leaving them in hot cars, removing them from their cases to cool them down and closing unnecessary apps.

“What we definitely recommend, not just for your cell phone or tablet but for your other electronic devices, is to leave them outside of your car. Because those temperatures can get really high inside the car and can damage any electronic devices inside,” Magaña said.

Giving your devices a break to cool down after overheating is a must, but that doesn’t mean you should put your devices in the freezer to cool them down, as this could cause further damage.

“Having a transition period is very important because we’re suddenly taking our device from extreme heat to extreme cold, and we don’t want to do that because it could cause another type of damage to the phone,” Magaña said. “So having a transition period when you go into a cooler area will definitely help.”

As a final tip, consider purchasing insurance through your wireless provider to cover broken devices. Prices can vary depending on plan and company.