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Why is my laptop getting hot? Latest 2019 Guide

Why is my laptop getting hot
Written by Emily Wilson

Ahhhh..Again? Why is my laptop getting hot?

Why my laptop is getting hot? You have arrived here because you are one of the affected users, right?

You have come to the right place where all your queries will be answered.

Laptops do get little heat up while using and it is perfectly normal. Especially, when you are performing heavy duty tasks like graphics designing, video editing and playing games with heavy graphics etc. You should only be alarmed if it gets overheated quickly and remain overheated all the time. It can cause various problems ranging from blue screen of death, hardware issues and even male infertility.

It means before buying a laptop, the cooling system of the laptop should be an important consideration for you.

Usually we see that aging laptops get overheated and most often we are not sure, how to fix it. But I will definitely help you to figure out your this BIG ,BIG and BIG problem.

Overheating laptops can cause a lots of problems, from seemingly random blue screen crashes to data loss. It is important that you should know the maximum temperature of hardware components like processor, video card, motherboard, hard drive and graphics card. To aid this, either you can download the dedicated softwares/gadgets, which will keep you informed about the temperature of different components or install adhesive rubber feet. Also, adding a notebook cooler (cooling pad or cooling fan) can also help in keeping temperature normal.

Most often, live streaming laptops posses best cooling systems.

The big question that comes to mind is, why on earth, is my laptop getting hot?

Temperature gadget for windows 10

Why is my laptop getting hot?

The root cause of laptops heat up is non-working of fans or malware is also cause of overheating.

Because of its size, laptops have less efficient cooling system than that of desktop PC’s. All the components are tied closely to make the size of laptop compact and smart allowing less to no breathing space. And due to lower consumption of energy, cooling unit is not that efficient in many laptops as compared to cooling unit of desktop PC.

Most common reasons for laptop getting HOT:

  • Bad quality laptops (Sony vaio has certain reports of burn hazards)
  • Insufficient Cooling because of non-working fan.
  • Exhausted ports are restricted by dust.
  • Malware attack
  • Hardware failure
  • Incorrect laptop placement.
  • Thermal grease that develops between the heat sink and the CPU has degenerated this may contribute to the overheating of the laptop.
  • High room temperature if above 95° Fahrenheit (35°C).

Indications that your laptop is getting heated:

  • When your basic tasks such as opening a new tab of browser ( IE, Google Chrome and safari etc) does not work.
  • Random program shows mysterious error messages.
  • When lines are displaying on your screen it means that your video card is overheating.
  • Abruptly shutting down of laptop preceded by increasing cooling fan sound
  • Fan constantly running
  • Computer frequently freezing

How to Fix an Overheating Laptop:

  • Take a break from using it.
  • Keep its position flat and on hard surface
  • Replace the battery
  • Turn ON power save mode
  • Blow out the dust
  • Keep the laptop cool
  • Use softwares designed for this very reason
  • Keep a close watch on processes that are consuming maximum resources.

Quick Fixes to Cool your Laptop:

                                                Queries answered for you:

Q: How to prevent a laptop from overheating?

A: Fix the root cause and make possible internal cooling.

Q: How can I reduce my laptop heat?

A: Keep the laptop on hard and flat surface.

Q: Can a laptop explode from overheating?

A: Yes, if atmosphere is humid and hot enough, it can cause short-circuit and can result in explosion.

Q: Do laptop overheats on bed?

A: When your laptop is on a soft surface it blocks the airflow preventing the fans from cooling it down. Hence, overheats the laptop

Q: How can i cool down my laptop while playing games?

A: You will need to install rubber feet at the bottom of laptop.

Q: Do laptops shut down when overheated?

A: Expect sudden shutdown, which is default mechanism. Otherwise hardware components will suffer.

Q:  Why is my laptop fan so hot?

A: If these vents become clogged, or if heat-generating parts become covered

with dust, the fan cannot cool the components properly and results in getting hot.

p.s: for more cool tips and guides, you can visit Whatlaptops

How to Test your CPU’s temperature:

Best Temperature Scale and danger Zone:

Optimal operating temperature is 50°celsius ( 122° fahrenheit )or below , but according to new temperature monitoring programs many new processors are comfortable roundabout 70° (158° fahrenheit ).

Maximum temperature for processors is 100° celsius (212° Fahrenheit ) range.

How to keep a close eye on heavy duty processes:

While using your laptop, keep an eye on your taskbar, it will show tasks and applications in process. Keep it minimum by closing applications that you are not using because it has direct impact on your laptop’s temperature.

You can also open up task manager by pressing Ctrl+shift+Esc or right click on taskbar and then click on task manager.




When you click on it, it will give you screen like below. It has list of all the tasks/ processes running and also how much memory each one is consuming.

Why is my laptop getting hot

If mac (OSX) user then open up activity monitor which can be found under application/utilities and then check the processes tab



Alternatively, you can use spotlight search by pressing Cmd+spacebar and search for activity monitor.

Based on this, you can decide on which applications to close. Prioritise applications that are consuming more resources and that you don’t need anymore.

Which Softwares can Aid our problem:

Software helps you to control the temperature of laptops. There are lots of monitoring software programs available which monitors internal temperature. Although, these softwares does help but are not sufficient.

HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring software that reads your PC systems’ core health sensors, including voltages, fan speed, and temperatures.

This software supports most computer peripherals such as graphics card, processor, hard drive, and ACPI. Regarding processors, even modern versions, including Intel Core i5 and i7, are compatible with HWMonitor. When a scan is complete, the information gathered will be displayed clearly via the software’s intuitive interface.

Speed fan is another software but is intended for Windows only. Mac (OSX) user smcFancontrol. These are temperature monitoring program for fan speed, voltage and processor temperature. It has access to info which helps to evaluate your hard disk’s temperature.

Core Temp is a tool for laptop as well as for all desktops. It shows the temperature of each core in coloured numbers in the notification area.

Real Temp is specially designed to determine temperature for all Intel Single, dual and quad-core processors. It tracks out all the lowest and highest temperatures since when you opened the program.

CPU thermometer When we starts the windows, it starts monitoring temperature in Celcius and Farenheit.

System Monitor is a specially designed software for macOS. We can see it on  menu bar for its activity monitoring. It shows temperature on your Mac with processing load, Ram consumption, storage space and disk activity.

Repurpose the Laptop:

If your laptop is still heating up, even after applying all those solutions stated above, then the best option is to repurpose it. Install lightweight version of linux in it and use it for tasks which are not CPU -Intensive.

Summary / Conclusion of all the solutions enlisted:

  1. Internal fixing which includes cleaning dust and dirt from fan, grills and exhaust ports etc.
  2. Use flat and hard surface to make sure your pillow, blanket etc is not obstructing airflow.
  3. Purchase cooling pad (cooler) which has fans that ensures keeping your laptop cool.
  4. Last, but not the least, do use software and gadgets to keep any eye on laptop’s temperature. Although, it will cost you some bucks but I guess it is worth it.

Hopefully my this article will help you clear all your ambiguities regarding heat up issues. But if it’s continuously making problems then make sure, you are not using laptop in your lap, on pillow or blanket etc. You can reach us via our contact page or drop us a comment below, in case you are still facing issues, have questions or you want to add anything to it.

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