Macbooks can get warm sometimes, especially if you’re running a heavy program. Thermal performance is the tradeoff that users have to make to get portable devices. However, something can go wrong and make your computer unbearably hot and it will affect the performance and longevity of your device. If you want to fix your MacBook overheating problem, then you’re reading the right article.
We are going to take a look at what this issue is and what its effects are. We are also going to take a look at what makes the MacBook overheat and what you can do to fix it. Let’s begin.
MacBook Overheating Problem
You shouldn’t be alarmed if your MacBook gets slightly warm. Like we said earlier, that’s what happens when you cram in a lot of components into a tiny space to make it portable. There’s just not enough room for air to circulate and properly cool the computer. However, if your laptop gets too hot to touch, then there might be an underlying issue.
I think everyone knows that overheating is bad. It can cause your computer to slow down to a crawl. This is called thermal throttling and it occurs when the OS recognizes that the temperature is too hot. It reduces the performance to cool the MacBook down. The computer may even shut itself down to save its components because if a component hits a high temperature, it will start breaking down. Constantly overheating your MacBook will severely affect its longevity.
A good way to make sure that your MacBook is overheating is to just touch it. If your finger gets uncomfortable, then your computer’s temperature is too high.
Why is Your MacBook Overheating?
There can be many different things wrong with your computer that can cause this issue. It can be either a hardware or a software problem.
Software issues can include minor bugs, malware, too many apps in the background or just running a program that your computer just isn’t powerful enough to handle. Hardware issues can include unresponsive fans, an overheating battery or dirt inside your MacBook.
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How to Reduce MacBook Overheating Issues
Like most computer issues, you don’t have to take your MacBook to the professionals to fix it. There are a ton of methods you can try to fix this yourself. Let’s get started.
1. Know Your Laptop’s Limits
Running something that your computer can’t handle is one of the most common ways to overheat your MacBook. If you’re using an older model, then running extremely intensive tasks like heavy video editing and AAA gaming will make your computer hit boiling temperatures.
2. Background Apps
Background apps can severely affect performance sometimes and they can also cause the MacBook overheating issue. If you don’t need some of the background processes running on your computer, you can easily close them with the Force Quit Applications menu.
- Press Command, Option, and Escape keys together. This will show all of the apps that are running on your system.
- Select an app that you don’t need and then click Force Quit.
3. Update macOS
There have been macOS bugs in the past that made some MacBooks overheat. Updating your OS will get you the patches for these bugs and help you run your computer properly. To update macOS, just follow these simple steps.
- Click on the Apple menu. Select System Preferences.
- Click on Software Updates. Your computer will check for updates.
- If Updates are available, click on Update Now and wait.
4. Move to a Cooler Environment
Hot ambient temperature can affect your computer’s performance. The cooling solution inside the MacBook will lose its efficiency and the computer will overheat as a result. If you are noticing a massive decrease in performance while sitting out under direct sunlight, you should probably move your computer to a place with more shade.
5. Don’t Cover The Vents
Vents are extremely important in a laptop since they allow cool air to get inside the laptop and lower the temperature. Your MacBook will overheat if they are cover. Just make sure that nothing is stuck on the vents. Also, avoid placing the laptop on soft surfaces like a bed since they can cover the vents easily and block the airflow.
6. Reset The SMC
Your MacBook can overheat if its fans don’t work. They are extremely important as they are responsible for the airflow inside your computer. If you don’t hear loud fan noises even when your MacBook is overheating, then resetting the System Management Controller(SMC) can help.
SMC is important as it manages a lot of components on the MacBook. It is responsible for the power button, battery management, and thermal management. The SMC can run into issues sometimes and that can mess up the fans of the system.
- Turn off the MacBook.
- After a complete shutdown, press and hold the Shift, Command, Option keys and the Power button(TouchID) together for 10 seconds. This will reset the SMC.
- Release the keys and turn on your MacBook to see if the issue still persists.
7. Clean The Fans
A lot of users, especially with older MacBook models can face the overheating issue because of clogged fans and vents. Dust and dirt can build up on the fans and vents over time and this can lead to inefficient cooling. You need a small Philips head screwdriver and a can of compressed air for this method. Just follow these steps.
- Use the screwdriver to remove the back panel of your MacBook.
- Use the compressed air to clean the dust and dirt on your fans and vents.
- Screw in the back panel and your MacBook should be working fine again.
These methods will prevent your MacBook from overheating. If they don’t, then you should probably take your MacBook to the Genius Bar. You can check out our article on how to book a Genius Bar appointment here. Hopefully, they helped you out and if you have any doubts or suggestions, please let us know in the comments section down below.