Your MacBook, like any other computer, is prone to overheating due to overheating, I know that a hot MacBook is not only uncomfortable to work with, but it can reduce battery life and possibly damage other internal components as well.
So how do you do a few things to cool it down and keep enjoying using your MacBook? Here are the details, according to a report published by businessinsider, a technology news website.
Why is my Mac getting hot?
According to the report, there are many things that can cause your MacBook to overheat, one of the most common reasons is that something is blocking the vents, or you have placed it near another device that generates heat, there can be a lot of heat Accumulated dust that causes internal allow components to heat up – Dust is a notorious heat trap.
Another common cause of MacBook overheating is that the processor is doing a lot of work, for example, you may have too many windows, applications or tabs open (for example in Google Chrome), and forget about multitasking.
The reasons also included that if your macOS system is old, the old software can put unnecessary pressure on the processor, causing it to overheat, and a faulty internal cooler can overheat the device.
How can you prevent your MacBook from overheating?
I know that whatever is causing your MacBook to heat up, there are eight ways you can solve it and cool it down.
Do not block the holes
To control the heat: do not block the vents
It’s really easy to accidentally block the vents if you rest your MacBook right on your lap or work in bed, with the laptop on a soft, form-fitting surface.
If you block the vents, you’ve trapped hot air inside and stopped circulation, the MacBook’s primary heat dissipation tool. The solution: Place your MacBook on a book, laptop stand, or other flat surface that provides a clear path for air to pass through the vents.
Clean the inside of your MacBook
If there’s a downside to the fact that MacBooks tend to live for a very long time, it means that there’s plenty of time for dust to build up, obstructing airflow and making it hot.
If your MacBook is more than two years old, open it occasionally and clean the dust. You will need a simple Phillips screwdriver to remove the bottom plate and gently blow off any accumulated dust.
Do not work in direct sunlight
Your MacBook has an optimal operating temperature range – Apple recommends a range of 50 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, if you work in direct sunlight or in a very hot location, it can overheat your MacBook.
Avoid opening too many browser tabs
This may come as a surprise – after all, how bad is it to have a bunch of tabs open in your web browser?
It seems that no matter what browser you use, having many tabs open is a resource-intensive activity. No matter what type of MacBook you have, try to limit yourself to less than a dozen tabs at any one time.
And if your system starts to heat up, close any unnecessary tabs to take the load off the CPU.
Reduce your multitasking
Similar to managing tabs in your browser, avoid running too many programs at once – especially resource-intensive programs, many users find Adobe Photoshop and iTunes, for example, a particularly bad combination. If you use Photoshop (or any other graphically intensive application), maybe use your phone for music.
Check Activity Monitor for apps that are running poorly
Some applications put a huge load on the CPU, whether it happens normally or the application misbehaves, the fact remains that it can run your CPU, you can check it in Activity Monitor.
1. Open Finder on your Mac.
2. Click on Applications.
3. Click on Utilities.
4. Click on Activity Monitor.
5. Select the CPU tab to see which applications are using a high percentage of the available CPU resources.
6. If you see something monopolizing the CPU, and you don’t need to use it, close this program.
Make sure your fans are working properly
It’s possible (but unlikely) that your MacBook fans have failed. You can find out by running the Apple Diagnostic Tool built into your Mac.
Steps to run Apple Diagnostics on a MacBook with an Apple Silicon (M1) processor:
1. Turn off your MacBook and make sure it’s plugged into a power outlet.
2. Press and hold the power button – your MacBook will boot – then release it when you see the boot options screen.
3. Press and hold Command + D and follow the instructions to complete the test.
4. The test results will not be in plain English, but look for any error codes starting with “PPF” – these indicate fan issues.
5. If you see a PPF error code, your MacBook will need to be serviced.
Steps to start Apple Diagnostics on a MacBook with an Intel processor:
1. Turn off your MacBook and make sure it’s plugged into an electrical outlet.
2. Turn on the laptop and immediately press and hold the D key. Release the key when you see the diagnostic screen appear and follow the instructions to complete the test.
2. The test results will not be in plain English, but look for any error codes starting with “PPF” – these indicate fan issues. You can find a key for all error codes on the Apple Support page.
4. If you see a PPF error code, your MacBook will need to be serviced.
How to keep your MacBook up to date?
Finally, here’s a great tip for any issues or concerns you have with your MacBook: Make sure it’s up to date With all software and firmware updates installed, you can make sure you’re up to date by opening your MacBook’s System Preferences and then click on Software Update.