How to Prevent MacBook Overheating [Easiest Remedies]

Typically, when electronic devices get old, they tend to cause you various kinds of issues. However, there can be instances that even relatively new machines also become problematic. The MacBook overheating problem is one such concern that most Apple users face. Anyway, you should know that heat is part and parcel of the game, and most devices are bound to get heated when you are using it for long periods. If you notice that your MacBook becomes abnormally overheating, we have few easy fixes you can try without much effort.

Reasons and Fixes for MacBook Overheating

There can be various reasons for this issue, and fortunately, there are multiple solutions as well. Let’s see what they are.


If your computer is affected by malware, it will throw you a wide range of issues, and one of them is MacBook overheating. MacOS does have built-in features to keep your computer safe from malware attacks, but they are far from being perfect. Also, it won’t be easy to check for malware if you don’t have a good antivirus software program installed on your computer.

If your MacBook already has a third-party virus guard, scan to check for the malware. If you find any, delete and see whether it fixes the MacBook overheating problem.

Excessive usage of tabs

Of course, these are tabs of the internet browsers what we are talking about. Regardless of the browser you use for internet activities, try to work with a minimum number of tabs whenever possible to minimize the stress on your computer.

If you are using the Google Chrome browser, there is a useful feature on it to check the running processes; this is called Chrome task manager. You can access it by pressing Shift + Esc and get rid of unnecessary processes to keep everything cool.

Unwanted apps

Similar to tabs of your internet browser, you can quit the unwanted apps that take significant space from your computer’s CPU. Not all the apps are equally designed; hence they might cause various issues to your computer. The best possible method to quit apps and their processes would be to use the Activity Monitor of the Mac.

Activity Monitor is the Task Manager of Mac, and you access it by going to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor. From here, navigate to the CPU tab and inspect the applications that are eating chunks of the memory and causing MacBook overheating issues. If you notice one or a few apps that use the CPU meaninglessly, you can quit by double-clicking on the respective process.

The surface

Yes, the surface that you use to keep your MacBook also can contribute to this problem. Before you consider your comfort, you must worry about your beloved device if you want it to work for you flawlessly. In an ideal world, you should use the laptop on a rubber sheet.

This should promote proper air circulation and help your MacBook work cooler. In addition, you must make sure that you are working in clean environments to prevent dust creep inside your computer. The accumulation of dust in the inner components (especially on the fan) would not help your laptop perform to its fullest; this problem can lead to a heated computer.

Graphic settings

Certain MacBook computers have two graphic cards in them. One out of the two usually utilizes more resources from your machine and obviously can be a reason for fast battery drainage and overheating. However, in order to mitigate this issue, Apple did come up with an easy fix.

All you have to do is enable “Automatic graphics switching.” Here is how you do that.

First, go to system preferences and select battery. Now, look for the section that says “Automatic graphics switching,” and then enable it. Once you enable this setting, your MacBook will automatically use the less power-consuming graphic card to accomplish your tasks.

Using fan controlling software

There are third-party fan controlling software tools available for you to manipulate the speed of your computer fan. Of course, there are certain pros and cons of these programs. As far as Apple users are concerned, they don’t have to use such tools as the MacBook is wise enough to adjust the speed of the fan to facilitate sufficient air to the inner components.

In fact, these fan-controlling software tools can hurt you in the long run by damaging your Mac. We suggest you remove such programs as a solution for MacBook overheating issue. Simply drag and drop the app into the trash and empty it.

Using different chargers

You must not use different brand chargers to charge your MacBook. Always try to stick with the original one that came with your laptop. We have seen people use fake chargers to charge their computers for various reasons. If you are one of them, there is a huge chance that your current charger will be the culprit for the issue you are experiencing right now.

We urge you to use only original Apple chargers; if the original one is not available to you, you can shop for one via Apple online store without much of a fuss.

Outdated MacOS

Outdated MacOS is also is a common reason for this issue. If your computer has minor bugs and glitches, updating it to the latest available version works instantly as a remedy. Updating your computer’s MacOS isn’t that hard, and there is nothing to worry about as well.

Here is how you update the MacOS

Go to system preferences and navigate to Software Update. Now, see whether there is an available update and click on Update Now if you see the latest version of MacOS.

Conclusion on MacBook overheating issue

Now you have a handful of options to try and prevent MacBook overheating. Frankly, this issue happens mostly because of your own bad computer habits. If you really love your MacBook, it’s your duty to protect it. We hope our article has helped you in finding solutions. For those who need further clarification, please comment on your concern below. We will attend to it as soon as possible. Cheers!


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