Why does my MacBook get so hot? There are various reasons for overheating the MacBook. Even though Mac’s has created its products with all it needs. There are built-in cooling system but if it still overheating then read future for information.
The main reasons for this overheating are;
- Overloaded CPU
- Direct sunlight
- Stuck or unresponsive apps
- Clogged fans
- Un-Update Mac system
- Peripherals usages
- Apple diagnostics on a Mac to check error
How To Keep Your CPU Cooled?
Just remember that whenever your Mac’s processor cores are working on multiple tasks, the more likely it will heat up and lead to overheating. You may have noticed that your Mac’s also work slower when you are using more than one browser.
How To Know Check CPU Usage?
If your Mac is overheating,you should check the CPU usage. You don’t need anyone to do it for you to keep on reading to know how to check the CPU load using Activity Monitor?
- Go to Activity Monitor
- (Finder > Applications > Utilities)
- Select the CPU tab.
You’ll see all the apps and processes listed here. You can find the most intensive to the least intensive app overloading CPU. To prevent your Mac from overheating just close the most intensive apps from here.
How To Check How Hot The CPU Is?
There are famous free tools in CleanMyMac which analyses the CPU performance. Find out your Mac CPU temperature. Normal CPU temperature should be between 45-66 degrees Celsius.
Check your Mac temperature by downloading the free edition of CleanMyMac X. With the usage of this app you can control your max temperature and prevent overheating.
How To Avoid Hot Temperatures?
Mac’s comply with various temperature limits. But sometimes extreme heat climate may harm and cause overheating. Apple itself recommends using your Mac between 50°and 95°F (10°and 35°C) to keep it cool. Avoid direct sunlight. Using any laptop, computer, or even Mac can harm its machine.
How To Control Malware/Virus?
Malware or virus is tricky to spot on a Mac, but they can hiddenly run a ton of intensive processes which makes your Mac overheat. Check your Mac if you feel it’s been heating up for no reason because Browser hijackers, and adware are common threats nowadays. Get rid of all viruses.
How To Fix Unresponsive Apps To Avoid Overheating?
Well, if an app is unresponsive remember it is still consuming Mac’s memory. your Mac allocates CPU resources to fix it. This can also lead to overheating the processor. Try to avoid or delete such applications.
- Mac menu
- System Settings.
- Select General.
- Visit the Login Items tab.
- Find unresponsive apps
- Select the app
- click the button to remove
How To Fix Clogged Fans?
Using your Mac in bed can also cause overheating. Because placing your Mac onto a duvet/blanket or on a mattress can lead to overheating and fans can clog. If the vents are clogged, the warm air of the system won’t pass out. Which will lead to damage. Clean as you can to keep it cool and unclogged.
Dust can mess up with your Mac’s fans and because of this it can overheat.
- Compressed air can help to clear those tricky to reach corners
- You will have to remove the bottom panel
- Pass the air into the vents of your mac.
- Grab a microfiber cloth
- Gently wipe away any dust
- Reinstall the bottom panel
If you are unaware of this cleaning system then ask a professional to do it for you or clean under the guidance of a person who has done it.
How To Control Multitasking?
You can control overheating by working on the task that is needed. If you are multitasking on your Mac it will cause it to overheat. Using so many applications at once can make your Mac freeze and become stuck due to which it will put a burden on your processor and it will lead to overheating. Close all the unwanted tasks and prevent overheating.
How To Update The Mac System To Prevent Overheating?
Apple releases fixes to performance issues on Mac with every new update. Your Mac’s overheating problem may be fixed with the latest macOS released update. How to find new updates is mentioned below,
- Select your Apple menu
- Go to System Settings
- Then Settings
- Check Software Update.
- If an update is available
- click Update Now.
Update your Mac to keep the applications running in smooth flow. It will also keep your Mac cool.
How To Avoid Overheating While Using Peripherals?
If you are using an external hard drive which is kept plugged in. It can cause overheating because they don’t have their own power sources for example like a battery or plug-in power supply. So they will need to draw power from your Mac. When you are not using it Make sure to plug it out.
How To Start Apple Diagnostics On A Mac With An Apple Silicon (M1) Processor?
- Firstly Turn off your Mac
- Make sure it’s plugged into an outlet.
- Press and hold the Power button
- It will start up
- Now release it when you see the startup option
- Hold Command + D
- diagnostic screen that appears when you press the key D
- Perform tests using the diagnostic tools.
- Remember that the test results won’t be in plain English so look for error codes that begin with “PPF” which refers to fan issues
If you see a PPF error code then you will have to get a Mac serviced by a professional. Get it fixed to prevent it from overheating and losing a life. Keep yourself updated with your mac.
Mac has built-in with heat resistant features but if still, it’s heating the following the guide written above. Follow the instructions and keep your Mac from overheating. I also use these techniques to keep my laptop from overheating. Thanks For Reading!