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What to do if your Apple MacBook gets warm

Does your Apple MacBook get very hot every now and then, or are your fans running at full speed? On this page, we'll show you what you can do to keep your Apple MacBook from overheating. In most cases, it's enough to just ensure a good ventilation.

4 tips to keep your MacBook from overheating

Apple MacBook Pro on stand

There are different solutions to keep your Apple MacBook from getting too hot. Which solution will work for you, depends on the underlying problem.

  1. Detect hardware problems.
  2. Close demanding programs.
  3. Use a flat surface.
  4. Remove malware.

Detect hardware problems

Apple MacBook detect problems

Does your MacBook get very hot, but are the fans not doing much? There is a good chance that the fans are defective. Luckily, you can find out quickly by having your MacBook check for hardware defects.

  • Disconnect all accessories from your MacBook and turn it off completely.
  • Wait for 10 seconds and then reboot your MacBook.
  • Hold down the D key while it's booting.
  • Your MacBook will not start checking the hardware.
  • The test will be done in about 5 minutes.
  • Did it detect hardware problems? Write down the displayed reference code and take your MacBook to an authorized Service Provider.

Close demanding programs

Some programs demand a lot of processing power. When programs get egotistical and demand more than they need, your MacBook heats up fast. The best thing you can do is to close the program via the Activity Monitor.

  • Open Finder and click Applications in the menu on the left of the window.
  • Open the app Utilities and start Activities Monitor.
  • Look at the list. Are there any apps that use more than 80% of your CPU?
  • Select these apps and click on the little cross in the top left corner.
  • Click on Force Quit in the window that comes up.

Use Apple MacBook on a flat surface

Apple MacBook Pro on flat surface

To make sure your MacBook cools down well, you use it on a flat surface. Bad ventilation is a common cause of overheating. If the hot air can't go anywhere, it keeps circulating in and around your MacBook. This way, your MacBook heats up very quickly. It's not smart to use your MacBook on an uneven surface for too long. For the best ventilation, you use your MacBook on a laptop stand specifically designed for a MacBook.

Remove malware

Remove malware Apple MacBook Pro

Malware is a very common cause of overheating. Malware is dangerous and unwanted software that demands a lot of processing power. Unfortunately, it can also turn up on the Apple MacBook. Fortunately, there are different paid and free apps available that affectively remove malware. Programs like Malwarebytes, Avast, and Norton remove dangerous software from your Apple MacBook quickly and easily.

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