How to keep your MacBook cool even in the heat

Written By O. Love

Summer is approaching by leaps and bounds, which means that very soon we will have a strong heat wave: in one of the summer months, you and your MacBook will still have to face it.

If it is easy enough for a person to escape from the heat, then high-precision technology needs special care: Apple specifies that the operating ambient temperature should not exceed 50 degrees Celsius for Mac computers.

This means that you cannot use your laptop in the heat, and if there is no other way out, then you need to look for a way to cool it down. We tell you how to cool your MacBook in the heat .

How to properly use a Macbook

This is definitely not worth doing, otherwise the laptop will heat up and go crazy

Keeping any laptop on your lap, placing it on a bed or a fabric surface is a big mistake for any user, even the most experienced one. Soft fabrics and objects do not provide the necessary air circulation and can even block it on Apple laptops.

Even if your MacBook is on the couch or bed, try placing a book, magazine, or even a wooden, glass, or metal surface under it.

As a last resort, try to elevate the back of the MacBook in order to provide the necessary air circulation by placing something solid under it. It’s not as efficient as a laptop stand, but it does help keep your MacBook cool .

Stand for Macbook

We live in an era of high-tech gadgets and exactly the same accessories, so you can safely choose an adjustable stand for your MacBook. I chose an aluminum one from Baseus for my computer : firstly, it is ideal for any laptop from 13 to 17 inches, and secondly, it is compact – you can even take it on a trip. Thanks to its shape, the stand helps to cool the laptop better.

This compact accessory is very helpful and eliminates a lot of problems with overheating

It does not take up much space (thickness – only 0.3 mm). A big plus of this gadget is the assembly material: aluminum does not scratch, deform or heat up, which is why at high temperatures it does not stink like the same plastic. You can set the optimal angle of inclination and provide the desired level of system cooling.

What to do if your MacBook is overheating

MacBook in the heat is better not to keep and put away

How else to save a laptop from the heat? Here are a couple of life hacks that will definitely not make the device worse.

  • If you don’t have a book or a magazine at hand, then try to place the laptop on the edge of the table: yes, it’s a little dangerous, but it will increase the air flow where the MacBook heat comes from.
  • If there is a regular room fan nearby, you can use it. It sounds a little silly, but somehow you need to save yourself: last summer in the Moscow heat, you had to simply direct the air flow from the fan towards the laptop in order to dissipate heat. Definitely better than nothing at all.
  • Stay away from the sun. Sitting under the scorching sun is definitely not worth it, not only in the open air, but also at home on the balcony. If possible, it is better to hide in the far corner of the room away from the window. By the way, sitting under the sun is not worth it even on days of moderate heat, otherwise it will overload the fans.

The advice may be unprofessional, but what do you do when your laptop turns into a hot cake? Save yourself with improvised means!

How to cool macbook

Many people recommend setting the fan speed to maximum on the MacBook . The fans will start to run faster, and this will really allow the gadget to cool more efficiently. True, Apple does not support this idea : this can lead to hardware problems and system overload, so you should not repeat the trick.

Perhaps the best way out is to simply put the laptop away in a bag.

Like it or not, the best way to cool down a MacBook is to simply let it rest until the case temperature returns to normal, or until you get out of the sun. High temperatures are one of the most detrimental factors affecting the operation of any device.

So if the MacBook is forced to cool by improvised means, for example, putting something cold under it (like a bottle of ice water or an ice pack), then this will negatively affect the battery.

As you remember, sudden temperature changes are also bad for batteries, so trying to solve one problem, you simply arrange another.

It’s also worth noting that some MacBook models cool faster than others, depending on the hardware as well as the design of the fan.

Experienced users will not lie: for example, the 2018 MacBook Air overheats even at moderate temperatures in warm weather, and the 2015 MacBook Pro resists heat and overheating better.

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