10 Tips to fix MacBook overheating issue in 2022

How to fix MacBook overheating issue

As time passes by and the MacBooks get older, they start having issues. Among these, the most infamous issue is overheating. Having the Mac on our lap becomes unbearable once it’s heated up. So what do you do when your MacBook is overheating? 

In this article, I’ll give some solutions to prevent MacBooks from overheating. And if it does overheat, you don’t need to worry; you can take a look at some hardware-based and software-based solutions to sort your issues.

What causes MacBook overheating?

Serval factors can cause your MacBook to overheat. One of the major reasons is the fan of your MacBook Pro being blocked. Another reason could be the use of a faulty charger. Or you could make some silly mistakes and cause damage to your MacBook.

Suppose you feel that your device is physically in great condition but is still overheating. In that case, software issues like heavy software bulk, unnecessary background processes, not shutting down at regular intervals, etc., could be the issues. The list is endless. Read on to find out more, as I will discuss these issues one by one. 

How to stop your Mac from overheating? 

Now that we know the MacBook overheating issues can be categorized into two sections let’s take a look at the solutions. 

Pro tip: Try restarting your MacBook once. If that does not work, take a look at these technical solutions.  

Hardware-based solutions for overheating issue on MacBook

Now, if you think that there’s something off with the physical condition of the MacBook, then you can go through these quick checklists that can give you an idea if the overheating is due to physical damage or not.  

1. Unblock your Mac’s air vents 

This is the most common mistake. Sometimes I’ve mistakenly obstructed my laptop’s vents, resulting in the MacBook Pro getting overheated. (I mean, there’s a reason why it throws out hot air.)  

Also, keep cleaning the air vents with a small brush as they tend to get clogged by dust particles. You have no idea how much damage dust can cause!

Fun fact: Most MacBook overheating and fan failure issues are caused by clogged dust. 

2. Check if your charging cable is damaged

Yes, you read that right. Damaged charging cables can let your Mac down. When the charging brick or cable gets damaged and has an open wound, it starts inviting trouble. It may not give you a shock, but it can get surely heat up your Mac.

If the charging cable is damaged, replace it immediately to avoid any further casualty to the internal components. 

3. Use genuine Apple accessories

Sometimes low-quality accessories can cause your MacBooks to heat up. Apart from overheating, the use of poor-quality accessories can cut short the lifespan of your Mac.

Always use genuine MFi-certified accessories. It will increase the durability of your device and prevent further damage to it. It will also ensure your device continues to be under warranty cover.  

Note: Apple will discard the warranty if you damage your product using a non-certified product. 

4. Unplug peripherals you don’t use 

It’s important to keep an eye on all the external devices you have attached to your MacBook. It sometimes draws more power from the socket and can overheat your MacBook. As mentioned above, use only MFA-certified products. It won’t just ensure safety but also be a productivity addition to your MacBook.

5. Ensure Mac’s internal components are genuine 

If you have had something inside your MacBook changed or replaced – a memory upgrade, a fan change, etc., make sure the components you replaced or installed are genuine and are not some rip-off.

Honestly, I would suggest that if you wish to upgrade or change some internal components, get it done from Apple’s authorized service center.  

It would be best if you were looking for these basic hardware solutions physically on your own, which are easy to solve. If your MacBook is still overheating, try some of these software fixes. 

Software-based fixes for Mac overheating issue

Now that we have looked at some hardware solutions for your overheating Mac, here are some DIY software solutions.

6. Cut down background processes

At times, we tend to get so busy with work that we forget to close the activities that we already have opened, and they are left running in the background. This could take a toll on your MacBook. Follow these steps to close all unnecessary background activities.

  1. Go to Finder.
  2. Tap on the Applications folder.
  3. Go to Utilities.

    Go to Utilities on Mac
  4. Enter the Activity Monitor. Check the activities; double-tap and Quit activities you are not currently using.

    Cut down background processes on Mac

    These unclosed activities put extra load on the processor and cause heating issues for your MacBook. Check and close them one by one. They are also resource-hungry, use up a lot of RAM, and leave your MacBook furious.

7. Update your MacBook (Don’t use the beta version) 

Apple gives us seamless software updates, but like any other software, it might also encounter some bugs. And those bugs might also push your MacBook a little more towards the warmer side. Update your macOS to the latest version of software to avoid any issues. To update, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple logo at the top-left of your screen.
  2. Go to About This Mac.
  3. Tap on Software Update
    Click on Software Update in About This Mac
  4. If there’s an update available, click Update Now.

    Click on Update Now to upgrade macOS

Also, unless necessary, do not use beta software as it pushes the Mac to its limits.

8. Enable the graphics settings of your MacBook 

Turning on the graphic settings in the MacBook can help reduce overheating. It will help you sync your graphics with the CPU. To do so:

  1. Click on the Apple logo at the top-left of your screen.
  2. Go to System Preferences.

    Open system Preferences on Mac
  3. Go to Battery.

    Go to Battery in System Preferences on Mac
    On clicking, it takes you to Usage by default. Below Usage, click on Battery.
  4. Enable Automatic graphics switching

    Enable the graphics settings of your MacBook

Do note that this setting might not be available on your M1 Mac. So far, this setting is available only on Intel-based MacBooks.

9. Reset SMC on MacBook

No M1 Mac requires an SMC reset. The new, improved M1 chip handles all SMC functions, so these computers don’t even have a system management controller. 

If your MacBook is Intel-based, then check out our guide on how to reset the SMC on your MacBook. Resetting the SMC can drastically reduce overheating issues.

10. Customize energy saver settings 

There have been times when you don’t have many tasks, yet your fan goes full throttle. This forces your Mac to heat up. Now what?

You can resolve this by using your MacBook’s in-built energy-saving mode. In this mode, your system will stop any apps from running in the background if they aren’t necessary. To enable Low Power Mode:

  1. Click on the Apple logo at the top-left of your screen.
  2. Go to System Preferences.
  3. Go to Battery.
    On clicking, it takes you to Usage by default. Below Usage, click on Battery.
  4. Now, enable Low Power Mode.

    Customize energy saver settings on Mac

Conclusion

Overheating is a common issue in any Mac, but with some easy-to-fix solutions, we can fix the overheating very easily and rapidly. Just follow the steps mentioned above, and you will get back your cool and calm (literally) Mac. In the comments, let me know which of the above fixes sorted your issue!  

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