6 Effective Tips to Cool Down an Overheated MacBook Air

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There’s no doubt that the 2020 MacBook Air is a great gadget with attractive features and at an affordable price. You get to experience the new magic keyboard, faster RAM, double storage capacity. However, many MacBook users recently reported that the latest MacBook Air gets overheated. On the other hand, some claimed that the processors are being down-clocked, as well as the fans make a lot of noise.

Mostly, at the time of video editing and video conferencing, the MacBook Air becomes overheated and suddenly turns off. However, considering that problem, experts associated with MacBook Repair Dubai came up with some top-notch solutions. Read to know more:

Why does MacBook Air get Overheated?

Most of the time because of the build-up dust, your MacBook Air might get overheated. Apart from this, the latest version is designed with only a single vent. Also, as we have discussed earlier, intensive processing tasks- for example, playing games, rendering videos, or opening too many browsers can overheat your MacBook Air. 

Things you can do to Prevent Overheating in a MacBook Air

Remember that the older your MacBook Air gets, the more it’s cooling fan spins and slowly it will stop working. However, here professionals associated with MacBook Repair Dubai provide several easy ways that you can try to stop your MacBook Air from overheating.

  • Change the Place

This is the basic step that you can take to prevent your MacBook Air from overheating. Always, try to place your device on a hard, as well as a flat surface, like a desk which will provide the best ventilation without blocking the fan.

On the other hand, if you place your device on a soft furnishing, such as a couch or a pillow, then this will introduce dust, as well as produce more heat. And, it can reduce the system’s capability to cool itself down.

Apart from this, our experts also advise you not to place your MacBook Air directly in the sunlight. According to Apple, the ideal temperature for the MacBook Air is in between 50- 95 degree Fahrenheit. So, always try to maintain the temperature.

  • Drop the Demanding Software

Now, in case, the physical environment looks okay, then it’s quite possible that your MacBook becomes too hot as you are performing many tasks at the same time. Hence, first, check out which processor can lead to this problem. For that, move to the Utilities folder and after that, launch the Activity Monitor app. Else, you can press the ‘Cmd’ and Space key together and search Activity Monitor within the Spotlight.

Then, within the Activity Monitor, you must proceed to the CPU tab and thereafter, tap on the % CPU column in order to sort each and every processor in the descending order.  Now, if you encounter a processor that uses too much CPU, then go to the top-left corner and tap on the Stop (X) button.

  1. Keep Tabs to a Reasonable Minimum

No matter which browser you open, tabs play a crucial role. Keep in mind, the more tabs you will open, the more system resources it uses. In order to reduce the browser’s workload, we advise you to close or bookmark the task that you are not using.

Now, if you are using Google Chrome, then you will see the CPU & memory resources. For that, go to the URL bar and then tap on the triple-dot button. In addition, you must tap on the More Tools option and furthermore select the Task Manager. Within the Task Manager, you will be able to see the memory resources and CPU usages.

  • Upgrade the macOS

Sometimes, because of a software problem, you might have to deal with the MacBook Air overheating issue. Hence, in these circumstances, we advise you to upgrade your macOS to its best-recommended version. This is a very easy task. You just open the Apple menu and from there you must move to the System Preferences. Tap on the Software Update option in order to see the new macOS update. If an update is available, then download and install it to your Mac device.

  • Reset the SMC

Sometimes after resetting the System Controller Management, you might be able to cool your MacBook Air. Now, if you are using a MacBook Air with a non-removable battery, then at first, turn off your MacBook Air. 

Afterwards, go to the left side of the keyboard and simultaneously press the Option, Shift and Control option. In addition, press the Touch ID button. Keep holding all the keys for 15 to 20 seconds. Release them, as well as power on your MacBook Air.

If you are using a MacBook Air with a removable battery, then after turning off the MacBook Air, take out the battery. For 5 to 10 seconds, hold down the Power button. Place the battery and afterwards, power On the MacBook Air.

  • Run Diagnostics on the Fans

With the in-build diagnostic software, you can test the MacBook Air fans. For that, you must turn off your Mac device first and then connect the power cable. By pressing the Power button, restart your device. And, finally hold down the D key. Choose a language and after that Apple, Diagnostics will automatically test the fans and cool down your Mac.


If you are still unable to cool down your MacBook Air, then don’t waste your time and seek help from experts. MacBook Repair Dubai has been helping MacBook users to sort all the major to minor problems in your MacBook, irrespective of the model and version.