Will the 2024 solar eclipse affect phones? Here's what Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile say

Portions of the United States, Mexico and Canada will experience a total solar eclipse on Monday, meaning the moon will completely cover the sun, making the sky go dark.

As tourists flock to states in or near the path of totality, network providers and public officials say there will be a spike in activity on cellular and Wi-Fi networks, according to CNN.

While Arizona is not in the path of totality, it will see a partial solar eclipse, starting at 10:08 a.m., peaking at 11:20 a.m. and ending at 12:35 p.m.

Here's what cellphone providers like Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T say about the eclipse's impact on cellphone service.

Will the solar eclipse affect cell or wireless connections?

The solar eclipse itself will not affect participants’ access to Wi-Fi or cell usage; however, the amount of traffic on these networks could slow down speeds, CNN reported. The more people on networks, the slower they are likely to be.

Areas in the path of totality are more likely to face this issue, said Caty Pilachowski, an astronomy professor at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, according to CNN.

Arizona is not in the path of totality, and will only observe a partial solar eclipse.

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What do cell networks say about wireless traffic and speed?

Despite recent outages in February, a spokesperson for AT&T said it was prepared for an increase in network traffic, CNN reported. During the last total solar eclipse across the United States and North America in 2017, AT&T saw a jump in usage by 15%.

Other cell networks feel similarly, CNN said. Verizon and T-Mobile both feel confident in their network’s capability to manage a larger capacity of users due to traveling for the eclipse.

T-Mobile has dispatched additional, temporary cell towers to accommodate for the increase in traffic, TIME reported.

What if I lose my wireless connection? What should I do?

If you’re worried about dealing with slow connections, you should try and make sure you download anything you will need access to, such as directions or your hotel address, CNN said.

Pilachowski said that eclipse viewers should try to be in the moment. It’s important to enjoy the experience and to recognize how grand it is, she said.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Will the 2024 solar eclipse affect phones? What to know