How to Keep Your Laptop From Overheating

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If your laptop overheats, there's are several ways to fix the problem, and they don't involve buying a new one. (Although sometimes that's just inevitable.)

Laptops are compact and portable, which is of course a big reason why people use them. However, the smaller the device, the less space there is for parts like the microprocessor, motherboard, and hard drive—all of which produce heat. The closer these parts are together, the more concentrated the heat it, which can cause the internal fans to work in overtime to cool the parts

When your laptop slows down considerably, the bottom is super hot to touch, and you can hear the fans working, chances are it's overheating.

Here's what to do if your laptop is overheating:

  1. Turn off your laptop and check for dirt, dust, or debris that could be causing blockage and preventing it from working efficiently. You can do this with compressed air like this bottle from Amazon.
  2. Make sure your laptop has enough airflow while you're using it. Don't set your laptop on a blanket, pillow, bed, or carpet, as these things can block the air vents.
  3. Consider buying a cooling pad like this one that lifts the laptop has built-in fans to help with airflow.
  4. Limit the number of software programs and apps running when you power on your laptop and shut it down when it's not in use. You can also change your settings to power save mode.
  5. Turn the laptop off overnight to give it a chance to cool down. And when you're carrying it in a bag, make sure it's turned off.

If your laptop continues to overheat after you've tried everything, you might need to take it in. Sometimes the problem is something else altogether.