Temperature Is Too Low to Charge Phone: 8 Steps to Fix It

Here’s what to do when you can’t charge your cell phone battery because the temperature is too low.

Learn in 8 steps how to fix that.

So if you want to know what you need to do to charge your cell phone battery at low temperatures, then this article is for you.

Let’s dig right in!

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Phone Batteries and Low Temperatures

Oh, no! Your smartphone isn’t charging because… the temperature is too low? What’s up with that? 

Chances are, unless it’s the middle of winter, or you’re above the Arctic Circle, or maybe both, your phone isn’t cold, and you’re getting this wonky message. 

Look, if you are above the Arctic (or below the Antarctic) circle, or it’s wintertime, get your phone in a warm place and let it heat up a bit before you try to charge it, okay? The rest of us are going to suss out what is actually wrong with our smartphones.

Why Is My Phone Showing the Temperature Is Too Low?

It’s 95º F out! So how can the phone temperature be too low? Well, you may be dealing with one of several issues that some people claim is common with the Samsung Galaxy S9. 

This may be due to a faulty sensor or a damaged charging port, in which case it’s time to contact a repair shop. But before you rush out to buy a new phone, there are other less drastic causes for your phone showing a low temperature. These include:

  • Phone’s operating system is not at the latest software release.
  • Phone is in need of a reboot.
  • Bad wall charger.
  • Dirty charging port.
  • Bad app.
  • Bad battery.
  • Phone’s OS is corrupted.

#1 Check Your Phone’s Operating System for the Latest Software Release

Woman smiling while using her phone and laptop at night.

Sometimes the Android OS doesn’t update on smartphones, for whatever reason. In some cases, the Android OS is being totally confused and decided that it’s actually -40º F, instead of the comfy 70º F inside. 

So, you need to make sure your phone is connected to a local Wi-Fi network. (Those multi-rainbow icon looking things at the top? Yeah, those.) You can do that by following these instructions:

  1. Select the Settings app. (The app that looks like a gear wheel.)
  2. Select Wi-Fi or Wireless and Networks, and make certain that Wi-Fi is toggled to ON.
  3. Look for the list of Wi-Fi networks, and choose one that corresponds to a local Wi-Fi.
  4. If it asks for a network password, enter it in. If you don’t have a network password, choose a network without a lock symbol.
  5. Touch the connect button.

Once you’re connected to the Wi-Fi network, do the following:

  1. Select the Settings app. (The app that looks like a gear wheel.)
  2. Select About Phone.
  3. Select Check Now For Update.
  4. You’ll see either Install NowInstall System Software, or Reboot and install if an update is available. Select that.
  5. Your phone will install the software and reboot if there is an update. Otherwise, your phone’s software is up-to-date.

Once you’ve updated your phone, try to recharge your phone again. If that doesn’t fix the problem, go to Step 2.

#2 Phone Is in Need of a Reboot

Disappointed and stressed man looking at his phone while inside a cafe.

Sometimes the phone’s operating system can get a bit wonky. In this case, it may just be confused and may need a reboot. In this case, rebooting your phone is probably a good idea. To do this, do the following:

  1. Press and hold the power button.
  2. The Options menu will appear with the choices, Restart and Power Off.
  3. Select the Restart option.

Once your phone is back up, try to recharge your phone again. If that doesn’t fix the problem, go to Step 3.

#3 Bad Wall Charger

Charging smartphone in a public space, blue floor.

Maybe your phone is fine, but the charger is bad. In this case, try another charger and see if that clears up the problem. If that doesn’t fix the problem, go to Step 4.

#4 Dirty Charging Port

Close-up of micro USB port of smartphone.

If your phone’s charging port is dirty, it could be messing with the sensor. Purchase a can of compressed air designed to clean hardware and follow the instructions for how to use it to clean your charging port. 

Aim the compressed air at the charging port and give it a good blast of air. That should clean it. If that doesn’t fix the problem, go to Step 5.

#5 Bad App

Frustrated man looking at his broken smartphone.

Sometimes the app you just installed can cause problems with your phone and can actually cause a low-temperature problem. To remove the last app you installed, do the following:

  1. Select the Settings app. (The app that looks like a gear wheel.)
  2. Select Application Manager or Apps.
  3. Scroll down and find the app you want to delete.
  4. Select the app.
  5. Tap Uninstall.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, go to Step 6.

#6 Bad Battery

Man in orange shirt placing battery on a phone.

Oh, nos! Does this mean you have to replace your battery? Sometimes the sensor inside the battery may have gone out. In which case, the best thing to do is to go to your local service dealer and see if your phone’s battery can be replaced. 

If it can, see if they’d be willing to replace your battery for you. Otherwise, you’ll have to do the following:

  1. Turn off your phone by pressing and hold the power button.
  2. The Options menu will appear with the choices, Restart and Power Off.
  3. Select the Power Off option.
  4. Open the back of your phone where the battery is once your phone is off.
  5. Replace the old battery with the new one.
  6. Replace the phone back.
  7. Plug in the charger and recharge.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, go to Step 7.

#7 Phone’s OS Is Corrupted

Girl waiting for a phone call in a public place.

This fix is kind of ugly because it wipes your phone clean and resets it to factory specifications. This means all the photos of Aunt Gertrude are toast unless you back up your phone.

  1. Select the Settings app. (The app that looks like a gear wheel.)
  2. Select Backup and Reset.
  3. Select Factory Data Reset.
  4. Select Reset Device.
  5. Select Erase Everything.
  6. Go have a good cry if you haven’t backed up anything.

This is obviously a really drastic measure. If you don’t want to do this, or if this doesn’t fix the problem, go to Step 8.

#8 Take Your Phone in for Repair Service

Technician inspecting smartphone parts using a magnifier.

Self-explanatory. Or go get yourself a new phone and have the technician transfer all your apps and data over.