Ever noticed your phone is unable to detect your touch on the screen, the battery depletes much faster if it’s really cold or the phone just turns off altogether?

Phone recycling specialist Envirofone has revealed why, and how to stop it happening.

All iPhones use a type of battery called Lithium-Ion and the iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions, such as extremely cold temperatures.

That is not much help given the snow West Norfolk is experiencing this week.

To stop it happening follow these tips.

Keep phones in pockets, avoid exposing them to the cold unless absolutely necessary.

We know it might be tempting to check your phone to distract yourself from the freezing conditions, but if you want to keep your phone working, those texts and Facebook notifications will have to wait.

Ensure your iPhone also has a case – it will work like a coat.

Richard Mavers, director of group marketing and online strategy at Envirofone, said: “People often speculate about whether or not the cold really does affect the iPhone’s battery.

“Now we know it does, it is important to avoid subjecting your iPhone to extremely cold conditions.

“Minimise the use of your phone outside when temperatures drop, and keep it warm in a pocket or bag where possible.”