MacBook Air Overheating? 6 Tips and Tricks to Cool It Down

Dan Helyer Updated 20-03-2020

You might think your MacBook or MacBook Air is overheating if it sounds like a hairdryer and feels like a grill. Usually, the fans are working hard to stop your Mac from getting too hot. But if they fail, your computer might shut down unexpectedly.


There are lots of tricks you can use to stop your MacBook Air from overheating. For our purposes, “overheating” means being very hot to touch, but still operational. That way, you don’t need to wait for your MacBook to turn itself off before you use the suggestions below to fix it.

Why Is My MacBook Air So Hot?

All sorts of problems might cause your MacBook Air to heat up, ranging from a buildup of dust to a load of browser tabs. These are issues that every computer contends with, but MacBooks seem to struggle more than most.

The MacBook Air from 2019 appears to be particularly prone to overheating problems. It’s likely that this problem is down to the compact design with only a single vent—at the hinge of the screen—to aid heat dispersal.

Heat arrows exiting MacBook Air 2019 Fan

Intensive processing tasks like rendering video, playing games, or opening too many browser tabs take their toll on your Mac’s logic board and processor. The board generates heat as it works, and that heat only has one route of escape. Apple simply didn’t design the MacBook Air for processor-intensive tasks, which is why it frequently gets so hot.


Still, if your MacBook fans are whirring loudly 6 Things You Can Do to Silence a Noisy Laptop Fan Wondering why your laptop fan is so loud? Here are several ways to get some peace and make your laptop fan quieter. Read More and it’s heating up to a worrying temperature, you can follow the suggestions below to help cool it down.

1. Change Your Environment

Despite the name, the best place to use a laptop is not on your lap. Aim to use your MacBook on a hard and flat surface, such as a desk, to offer the best ventilation without blocking the fan.

Woman using a MacBook Air on her lap
Image Credit: Trinity Treft/Unsplash

Soft furnishings, like a pillow or a couch, store more heat and introduce dust. Both of these can reduce your MacBook Air’s ability to cool itself down.


You should also avoid using your Mac in direct sunlight for the same reason. Apple says the ideal ambient temperature for your MacBook Air is 50-95 degrees F (or 10-35 degrees C). There’s a lot more to learn about PC operating temperatures PC Operating Temperatures: How Hot Is Too Hot? Excessive heat can damage your computer's performance and lifespan. But at what point is it overheating? How hot is too hot? Read More as well, if you’re interested.

2. Drop the Demanding Software

If your physical environment seems fine, there’s a good chance your MacBook Air is heating up because it’s trying to do too many tasks at once. Find out exactly what processes are causing your Mac to work overtime by launching the Activity Monitor app from your Utilities folder (or search for it using Spotlight with Cmd + Space).

In Activity Monitor, go to the CPU tab and click the % CPU column to sort every process in descending order, based on the percentage of available processing power it’s using.

Activity Monitor with Firefox using lots of CPU


This is likely to reveal particular apps or processes using excessive amounts of CPU (think 90 percent and above) for no reason. Sometimes this happens when an app crashes and fails to shut down properly. You can fix that by selecting the process and forcing it to quit with the Stop (X) button in the top-left corner.

A lot of MacBook users find that Google Chrome is a big CPU hog Safari vs. Chrome for Mac: 9 Reasons You Shouldn't Use Chrome Between Safari and Chrome on Mac, Safari is the clear winner. Here's why you should avoid using Google Chrome on Mac. Read More . If that’s the case, you might want to consider switching to Safari or Mozilla Firefox.

You should also reduce the number of login items that start up when you log into your Mac. Open the Apple menu and go to System Preferences > Users & Groups, then select your profile and open the Login Items tab to remove apps.

3. Update macOS and Reset the SMC

Even if there aren’t any particular apps causing your MacBook to overheat, you might still be suffering from a software-related problem. This could come down to a bug in the operating system. Usually, all you need to do is update to the latest version of macOS to fix these issues.


Open the Apple menu and go to System Preferences > Software Update to check for new macOS updates. Be sure to download and install any that are available for your Mac.

Software Update System Preferences page in macOS

There’s a chance Apple is still working on a patch for the particular bug you’re facing. You should thus turn on the option to Automatically keep my Mac up to date or keep checking for updates yourself.

It’s also a good idea to reset the SMC on your Mac How to Do an SMC and PRAM/NVRAM Reset on Your Mac A reset of the SMC and PRAM/NVRAM can help any Mac, including MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, run smoothly again. Read More which stands for System Management Controller. An issue with it might explain why your MacBook Air isn’t using the fans to cool itself down properly.

4. Run Diagnostics on Your Fans

If your problems are more pronounced and your MacBook Air is regularly cutting out, you may need to test your fans. Sometimes, you can obviously hear a problem with your fan if it stutters and grinds audibly. But not all fan failures are this clear.

Fortunately, you can test the fans on your MacBook using built-in diagnostic software. If your MacBook Air was made before June 2013, it’ll use the Apple Hardware Test. More recent models use Apple Diagnostics.

Apple Diagnostics results screen
Image Credit: Apple

Don’t worry: both diagnostics tests are quite similar, and you access them in the same way:

  1. Shut down your Mac and connect the power cable.
  2. Press the Power button to restart your Mac, then press and hold the D key.
  3. Select a language (if prompted), then follow the on-screen diagnostics instructions.

On newer Macs, Apple Diagnostics should start testing automatically. Older Macs using the Apple Hardware Test give you the option of a Basic or a Thorough test. The basic test should be enough to detect fan problems.

After the diagnostics are complete, make a note of any error codes or other pertinent information you get. You might want to give these codes to Apple if you need to make a Genius Bar appointment to repair your Mac.

5. Override Your Fans

Macs Fan Control settings window with temperature range

If your MacBook Air is consistently overheating and you struggle to see why, you may want to install an app that allows you to manually override the fan speed. That way, you can keep the fans on full even if your Mac doesn’t usually want to.

Of course, this might come at the expense of wearing out your fans sooner. But it’s a lot cheaper to replace a fan in your MacBook Air than to replace the logic board if it dies from heat.

The best app to use for this is Macs Fan Control, a free utility that lives in your menu bar. It provides easy controls to override the default rules about using the fans: choose to keep them on all the time or adjust the acceptable temperature range.

Download: Macs Fan Control for macOS (Free, premium version available)

6. Laptop Coolers and Cleaning

It’s a last resort, particularly for such a stylish machine, but sometimes you have to bite the bullet and buy a laptop cooler for your MacBook Air. These stands prop your MacBook up and use additional fans to encourage better ventilation.

If you use your MacBook Air at home most of the time, getting a decent laptop cooler could be the simplest solution to avoid overheating problems. This is ideal if you combine your MacBook with a monitor and keyboard, so you can keep the cooler off to the side.

TeckNet Laptop Cooler Stand
Image Credit: TeckNet

If your Mac is older and the fans spin up a lot more than they used to, you may want to go a step further and clean it out. This involves opening the laptop enclosure and exposing all the delicate inner-workings. It’s entirely possible to cause permanent damage to your MacBook while doing this, so you may want to hire a professional instead.

That said, it’s entirely possible to clean the dust from your MacBook yourself. Just take extra special care when you do so.

Any Computer Can Have Problems Overheating

We’ve looked at how to stop your MacBook Air from overheating. This issue is common to Mac owners, particularly those with the 2019 MacBook Air, because Macs don’t feature great ventilation options. But a Mac isn’t the only computer that overheats.

We’ve previously written about advice to fix any overheating laptop How to Fix an Overheating Laptop: 3 Key Tips and Solutions The greatest threat to your laptop is overheating. Here's how to cool down your laptop and prevent it from getting too hot. Read More . If your MacBook Air is still getting too hot, take a look at those general tips to find out what else you can do to fix it.

Related topics: Laptop, MacBook Air, Overheating, Troubleshooting.

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  1. Julia
    April 22, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Extremely clear and helpful. Thank you so much!

  2. Nick Turner
    July 19, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Thankyou appreciate the free advice. Seems my MacBook does not have a problem.

  3. Pravin Ghaju
    June 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    stat let me increase the fan speed and while it was 58 degree centigrade, i increased the speed of theban and it decreased to 47. really amazing

  4. Joshua
    November 2, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    57 ° setting higher fan 2400 rpm mb-air 2014 only safari with telegram. OS: 10.13.1
    I think High Sierra is the heaviest version of macOS.

  5. Paul
    October 9, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Hi, running Zwift for the first time ran my MacBook Air 11” battery flat. I’ve plugged into power source and now fans are going as unit is too hot. Problem is it won’t turn on. Do I need to wait for fans to stop running? They have been for 3 hours but unit is still hot. Can I manually cool it - a fridge?

  6. mike
    September 4, 2017 at 1:12 am

    We found another culprit that doesn't show up on the open applications. Didn't spot it till we looked at the Activity Monitor. It was Carbonite, the backup program that runs a lot of the time; it was using over 90% of CPU. We paused it and the problem was solved. Why now? It is over 95° today, so everything is hot.

  7. Hollie
    June 6, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Thank you so much for this article! I had an application that was hung and never would have known, nor would I ever have made the connection between that and my laptop always overheating. Pretty sure you're my laptop's savior! Thanks again!

  8. gan
    March 29, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you for the tip!!!I checked the apps that were running and apparently Spotify was killing the laptop!! wtf!!!Temp dropped after that!

  9. alexandra
    March 23, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Tanks so much for this article very useful. Tanks for helping. Love

  10. druantia
    December 2, 2016 at 5:22 am

    I just want to say THANK YOU! I have been searching for an answer to loud fan and over-heating for about one week now and have tried many things. I came across this article and it has been the most comprehensive and helpful one yet!
    Again, many thanks!

  11. Martha Miller
    October 29, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Hey! You save my life -- at least the life of my MacBook Air, which was heating up frighteningly. A trip to Apple's Genius Bar was useless, so I resorted to an online search, found your post, discovered the culprit on my Activity Monitor and solved my problem.
    My coworker was experiencing similar problems, including a battery that wouldn't stay charged. I walked her through your suggested process and we found the culprit on her machine. What a revelation.
    Thank you thank you!

  12. shounak
    October 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    hello macbook air gets heated up as soon as i net and battery drains facing this problem after updating to new update....any suggestion

    • Sum
      October 21, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Would you be so kind to provide more details?
      1.- Which updates? Apple updates?
      2.- Does your Macbook tends to overheat when you're using an specific software?
      3.- Do you have lots of programs or tabs in your browser?
      4.- Is the vent (at the hinge) obstructed?
      5.- Do you use your laptop on a hard surface?
      6.- Which model is your Macbook? (
      7.- What OS are you running?

  13. sophia
    August 31, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    THANK YOU! I know this is an old thread, however. My MackBook Pro has been loud fanning sound for so long, and turns out it was literary just a click of a button. I disregarded all the softwares running in the background, which I wasn't aware of until I stumbling upon this thread. So thank you so much!!

  14. sravan
    August 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    i just used my mac for about 4 months now i used it for 12 hours after it a small fan noise is heard near the ports it it a big issue?

  15. Sara
    August 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    i had my mac for less than 5 monthes and this was the first time it started overheating and making weird noises ,at first i thought that it was normal and that its going to stop after a while but then it didn't so i started researching but as soon as i read this article i tried the hardware test and deleted some of my softwares it started cooling and the noises stopped , so thanks a lot

  16. Anita Imani
    July 16, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    It worked for me, Thanks a lot!

    June 25, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    NO NO NO! if the mac is overheating, there's a 99.99% chance the fans are either failing or the air exit is blocked y dust. one thing you can do, open the back of the mac, REMOVE THE FAN, and spray canned compressed air from outside, into the air exit. you might see balls of dust and lint flying away. then put the fan back, close the back of the computer, and see if it fixed the problem. if not, then your fans might be experiencing failure. take it to an apple store and they'll run a diagnostic on it. if it's the fan, they'll replace the fan for about 60, 70 bucks. or you can buy the fan on ebay for 10 bucks and replace it yourself. DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANYTHING TO OVERRIDE FAN COMMANDS, THOSE PROGRAMS ONLY HACK YOUR COMPUTER.

    • MacCentric
      May 2, 2018 at 12:11 am

      I disagree. I use Macs Fan Control (smcfancontrol is similar) to adjust the fans more aggressively than Apple does. Apple has it set up to be quiet and it gets a lot hotter, regularly in the mid 95c range. Setting the fans to ramp up sooner keeps it at least 10 degrees cooler on average.
      Still gets too hot in my opinion, but seems to be the nature of the beast. I'm going to reapply the thermal paste and see if that helps.

  18. Cblack
    June 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I know this is an old thread but.....i have a macbook air 13" i7 etc etc that started having this fan issue after 3 months. i am a writer and when the fan comes on i find the mac slows down dramatically which means applications are too slow for me to use. what i found (for me) was my issue was the printer. even after a print job the app stayed open and this is what was causing my fan to stay on. i know this will not fix it for everyone, but i have come across this before in a similar thread and when i shut down the printer app properly, it worked for me. Just another idea to try before you do anything drastic because i know how frustrating it can be.

  19. Amy
    June 16, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Your advice was spot on. Spotify Helper was the culprit with my MacBook Air, as well. I've had my Macbook Air for 1.5 years without a hitch. Today it started overheating, seemingly for no reason, and the fans were going full blast. I checked the Activities Monitor and the CPU: Spotify Helper was using 187%. I quit the process, and within 30 seconds the fans stopped and the computer cooled down. Thanks!

  20. Sarah
    June 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Hello everyone. Thank you for the sound advice. I've had my MacBook Air just a year and suddenly realised it was really hot on the hinge, back and front, and underneath. I have been at my wooden desk for maybe 4 hours, but the laptop was asleep (I rarely shut down), with the cable plugged in so 100% battery.

    I just took the cable out, and have been using the battery for a bit.

    The laptop has cooled down pretty quickly, and the keyboard is noticeably cooler - within 15 minutes.

    The fans were always silent so of course I had no realised it was overheating.

    Just an idea... I am seriously not tecchy!

    • Casey
      September 25, 2016 at 4:57 am

      You should most definitely not keep it plugged in, that actually wears the battery out and you should shut it down after each use also, idk, just my opinion. But look it up ;)

  21. swanson
    May 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Wow, I'd been dealing with this issue for maybe a few weeks before I thought to Google it. It seemed like the fan was coming on more often than it used to and was working harder than it used to. Even when I had it on a flat surface. Opened up the Activity Monitor and low and behold, something called "Spotify Helper" was taking up like 90% of the CPU. Closed it, and closed out Spotify, fan quit buzzing in under a minute. I've been using Spotify more often lately, which is probably why the fan seemed to be going nuts only recently.

    Thanks! I'll be sure to close out my programs instead of leaving them open on the dock. I forget that they're still open even after I X out of them.

    • Tim Brookes
      May 12, 2016 at 4:23 am

      Glad the article was of help to you. I've not used Spotify for a long time (I switched to Rdio, then Apple Music) but if the "Spotify Helper" is anything like the "Evernote Helper" then you can disable it from running at all at startup.

      Head to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items, and it will probably be in the list. I'm not 100% what sort of effect that will have on Spotify's general operation, but if you find it crashing a lot of the time and fancy getting rid of it that might solve your issue.

      You'll have to actually remove it from the list using the "-" minus button, rather than just checking/unchecking it :)

  22. Adam
    April 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Fantastic article Tim. Everything I needed to know and sadly if I had read this article 72 hours ago I would've saved my MacBook Pro from overheating. Am now applying your lessons to my other MacBook Air and found some stupid programs in the queue to automatically launch when I turned it on. Deleting those and monitoring CPU usage and the Air is quiet again. Question though, on my MacBook Pro what is a good way to gauge if I am overusing it? The device has burnt out twice in the last year. I use it as my primary computer because I am on the road so much. When it last shut down I was unaware of your overheating tips and I restart did three times and eventually lost the ribbon through overheating and warping. These mistakes get expensive. You seem to know a lot about the Mac hardware. What should / could I do to prevent overheating? Should I only run X number of programs at a time? Should I shut down every night? Should I delete old programs I am not using off the device? Thank you sir.

  23. Magnus
    April 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Besides shutting down the activities in the activity panel, using up too much CPU, is there any other explanation for overheating that can be EASILY detected and fixed?

    I use a OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and I cannot see why my computer is getting too hot for my lap suddenly. I bought it less than a year ago and it used to be really cool the first ten months. All I use it for is really Word, Excel, Safari and Outlook and Mail. Yes, I have many open doc's and many open internet windows, but I have always had so, and the activities are far from overusing CPU (Also, I tend to regard these tasks as basic for a machine that costs trice the price as any other similar). The WndowServer is in lead by using 13-22%, kernel tasks ca 3-7%.

    So, why is it so hot???

    • Tim Brookes
      April 20, 2016 at 12:52 am

      You say you bought it a year ago — you can probably take it to Apple and get them to take a look at it, even if it is just a software issue. But it could also be a fan failure or something like that. I use an app called smcFanControl to keep a readout of my current Mac temperature in the system tray/menubar, which is handy, and depending on your Mac it will give you RPM readings for your fans. If you aren't getting a reading then this may be indicative of a fan failure:

      You could also try running the in-built OS X diagnostics as described in this article: //

      But basically if you bought your Mac new and you're in Europe or Australia or somewhere like that, there's a good chance you have a 2 year manufacturer warranty by law — so use it!

      Good luck.

      • magnus
        April 20, 2016 at 7:07 am

        Thanks, for confirming that this is clearly abnormal.
        The Swedish consumer law says that if you detect a problem within six months then the seller is the one who needs to prove the opposite, so that period is usually called "guarantee period". You can return a product even up to three years after purchase, but you are to prove that the damage was part of the product when you bought it. Some products are sold with a "guarantee" though, normally two years. I will check with Apple.
        But then you know, when you live with the thing (I spend at least 8h every day with it), you want it to be fixed immediately... so you make a cost-benefit-analysis and come up with - 3h (phone calls + bringing back and fourth) + two weeks absence + only maybe 85% success in fixing the problem so that it never occurs again
        accepting it as it is...
        The last alternative tends to be the one you chose, until the problem becomes totally unbearable.

      • joseph akle
        April 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm

        i wanted to ask you something...
        i run bootcamp windows on my macbook pro and i game on it. i think because it produces too much heat im getting really bad fps. because ive tried setting the game i play to the lowest and i still get 40-50 fps and im pretty sure an i7 processor with 8gigs of ram should be able to handle that better. so my question is, at what rpm do the fans become prone to failure?

        • Tim Brookes
          April 26, 2016 at 4:28 am

          I can't say for sure, but if you're heavily taxing the fans all of the time then they're obviously going to experience a shortened lifespan. The good news is that in terms of the other heat-related issues your laptop may encounter, fans are a pretty cheap fix. A buildup of heat will shorten the lifespan of your battery, GPU and other components also; and these are often far more expensive (or impossible) to replace.

          If you're using your laptop for gaming all of the time, you should probably invest in a laptop cooler with integrated fans (the more you spend, the better generally) which will improve airflow and hopefully extent the life of your machine.

          I'm not sure that heat should have a massively adverse effect in terms of performance unless things are actually overheating (and you get crashes, visual distortion etc). Unless you notice a degradation in performance as you use your laptop — e.g. it runs well to begin with, then as the fans kick up things get a lot choppier — it's more likely just limitations of the hardware.

          Graphical performance depends largely on your GPU than the processor or RAM. If your MacBook has both integrated (Intel) and dedicated (AMD or nVidia) graphics chips, you'll want to check that Windows is using the more powerful dedicated chip. In OS X this is handled automatically, and I'm assuming Windows does the same, but you might want to check.

  24. Rich
    April 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

    great article - activity monitor solved my issues -- thanks!

  25. Anne
    February 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I had the problem of my new MacBook Pro fan suddently running constantly. The problem turned out to be a third party app called EEventManager, which started up after I uploaded an image I had scanned on an Epson printer/scanner. EEventManager was using about 38% of my CPU activity. I opened the Activity Monitor, quit EEventManager, the computer cooled off and the fan slowed down and finally quit running. This app was the problem.

  26. Josh Adams
    January 18, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Or you can buy or build your own PC (for cheaper) and fix it yourself (for less).

    • Jmmm
      February 12, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Josh Adams
      18 January, 2016
      Or you can buy or build your own PC (for cheaper) and fix it yourself (for less).

      So your just here to be an ass????

      • Shinnosuke
        April 18, 2016 at 12:40 am

        He's not being an ass by stating the obvious. I bought a MacBook Air recently thinking of gaming on it. (More on that later.) The idea was to wipe the SSD clean, install Windows on it, and use it purely as a lightweight gaming ultrabook. Before this I've compared the prices of HP, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, etc. The MacBook Air is of course a tiny bit more expensive and doesn't come with graphics card, but its form factor, backlit keyboard, good contrast ratio display (gorgeous despite not being Retina), and the fact that you don't have to depend on Microsoft if you don't want to, seals the deal for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad Windows 10 came out to patch up all the mistakes of Windows 8 and 8.1. But come on, Microsoft, it's the 21st century, and you guys are using Cleartype, a font smoothing technique from the 80s? Sure, Cleartype has its fanboys, but why does your Windows phone line uses a new Mac OS style font smoothing, yet your Windows 10 still rely on something that came down from the Apple // era? And still Windows users put up with it. That boggles the mind. Luckily there are people who see this problem and came up with a remedy, namely, GDIPP. This font smoothing add-on has stopped development, so some guy from China had to step in to further the effort. What did the guy call it? MacType. [shakes head] Microsoft should be the one to address their poor font smoothing, but no. The majority of Windows users seem to be blissfully ignorant of the poor font smoothing. Anyway, coming back to OS X... So yes, I like to boot up to the Mac OS for far superior web browser text. Lucky for us, Google Chrome now come with Mac type font smoothing by default. On Firefox you can use an add-on called Anti-Aliasing Tuner. [Set Anti-aliasing mode to default, rendering mode to outline.] So thankfully, Windows users aren't as left out as they used to be 5 years ago. They can see the same font smoothing on Windows as they do on Android devices, which uses the same Mac font smoothing from day 1. [Microsoft? You listening?] Besides building a PC that runs Windows, you can also build one that runs OS X. My MacBook Air 2015 comes with Broadwell chipset that won't run Mountain Lion. I have a few programs that won't launch on any OS X newer than 10.8. So it makes total sense to build a cheap Mac clone. With this hack Mac, I quite easily installed 10.8.5 (which is supported on Broadwell chipset), and the system was rock solid, running without a hitch 24/7. So the MacBook is, as strange as it sounds to average PC users, being used as my Windows gaming laptop, and the hack Mac/desktop PC is my main workstation.

        • Tim Brookes
          April 18, 2016 at 1:29 am

          So how does the MBA work out as a gaming PC? When did you buy it? Integrated graphics?

          What kind of games are you playing on it?

  27. TechJD
    December 5, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    To get this out of the way, my background in PC/Mac Repair/Maintenance/Troubleshooting /Advanced Troubleshooting/Data Recovery/Blah blah ( a lot ) has been professionally active for about 6 years now at the university I attend. I am saving hundreds of students/faculty or staff members/and the public loads of money at a service center on campus. By bending over backwards to any challenging situation they throw at me has really taught me quite a bit! The best part is seeing the wow on their face when they get to take home their device absolutely free :D

    So to my point, August 23'rd 2015, is they day that a great PC fanboy (me) decided to throw $3200 to buy his first MacBook Pro. My opinion so far, Apple builds the laptops, and PC builds the desktops (end of story).

    Yes SMC + PRAM reset helps. Actually it is required to appropriately perform the diagnostics before Apple will look into the warrantee process. ( I am an Apple Certified Technician )

    I have gone through HUNDREDS of customers with this issue. Litereally, word spreads pretty quick when some guy is getting everybody fixed up (THE RIGHT WAY) and cheaper than anywhere around town ( Simply Mac suprizes me, ignorance, laziness, little ambition ).

    The CULPRIT to the over heating issue is Apple SUCKS at applying thermal compound between the heat sinks and fans!! The design of their cooling is supposed to be state of the art but how can I see a better way than that? All i have against Apple in that engineering is a some at home overclocking to my PC's.

    Anyway, Apple applies more than triple the amount of paste, its embarrassing. I found this out when I FRIED my logicboard. MY MACBOOK PRO 15" i7 2015 Retina Display.

    I couldn't process my own warrantee and my fellow mate did so, he grabbed me and said, "Well theres yer problem" and we just starred at the gobs of thermo compound.

    Not only that, they give the Apple Technicians the Thermo paste to use (IT SUCKS)

    Between this thread and myself, I left Apple out on what I chose to put between my heat sink and fan (Arctic Silver Thermo Compound - for bad ass over clocking). Wow, now that make a difference.

    Anyway, my machine still gets hot due poor design to the cooling. So why don't I stop using demanding software??????????

    Apple decided to put the BEAST in my MacBook Pro that I get to unleash for the price of $3200.. but I am governed to slow down how I use it to the measly performance of a cheaper MacBook Air? That doesn't sound right. What sounds right is to keep my warrantee updated for more years to come, and see how many logic boards I can fry up for Apple. That is truely what everybody should be doing. I'd love to swap about logic boards all day long if that was the case.

    There you go guys. I'll shut up now

    Need help? Email me at this Apple Service Center:

    I fix mobile devices and build raspberry Pi's too

    • Sultan
      April 3, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Hi, I have a MBA Early 2014 and as soon as it heats up it shuts down.
      I think it shuts down at 70°C and I read you article please help.

  28. Anonymous
    November 1, 2015 at 6:33 am

    When I shell out $1300.00 for this mind-and-lifeforce-sucking digital deatheater, I expect the MANUFACTURER to iron out these very annoying stabs in the old eye ball. Little did I know that for that $ I was going to learn to fix Mac's bugs to the point that I seriously consider add Mac laptop repair to my CV. Thanks for helping us, the endusers. This is by no means a criticism of you; it is an indictment of a company that, the day it files Chapter 11, I'll wear vintage Ossie Clark!

  29. Anonymous
    October 24, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Amazing! This just solved my heat problem. One app in Activity Monitor was over 90%. I closed it and my Mac became silent and cool again just in 30 seconds. Thanks a lot! :)

  30. Karembeu
    April 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Hardly had any problems in macbook air 11 (Late 2009) especially when running VMWare. The new ones macbook air 13 (Early 2015) does get warm even if I wasn't running VMWare.

  31. Bucky
    April 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    An effective low-tech means to keep your laptop cooler is simple - place two plastic bottle caps under the hinge. Prop up the laptop just a tad so that air can flow under. It's simple, works well, and even gives a slight typing angle.