Simple Changes to Prevent Your MacBook Pro Retina Overheating
Is your Macbook Pro retina overheating to the point where you can’t even hold it in your lap? The issues go beyond your discomfort—computers operating at higher temperatures won’t last very long, as the components tend to wear out faster than a computer operating at normal temperatures. Keeping your computer at a reasonable temperature is good for both your comfort and your pocketbook.
1, Make a Simple Setting Change
Try out this system tweak to lower your computer’s temperatures:
System Preferences > Energy Saver > Uncheck “Automatic Graphics Switching”
Believe it or not, that is one of the simplest and most effective ways keep your computer’s temperature in check.
This simple settings tweak changes how your computer delegates graphics processing. Your computer will only use its graphics hardware to process your on-screen graphics. This will make sure your computer’s components will only do the work they’re optimized to do, instead of switching between multiple components for higher graphics performance.
This tweak isn’t available on all models of the MacBook Pro, only ones with a discreet graphics card. Try this tweak instead if you can’t turn off automatic graphics switching:
System Preferences > Energy Saver > Graphics > Choose “Better Battery Life”
This setting will lower the your computer’s performance slightly, thus increasing your battery life and decreasing how hot your computer will become. If this still isn’t enough, there are some other things to try outside of software tweaks:
2. Use laptop cooling fans to reduce your MacBook Pro’s heat
Your MacBook Pro has built-in fans that work to keep your computer at stable temperatures. The fans do their best, but the computer will start to suffer if temperatures reach higher than 75 C, something that can happen when using taxing graphic processing software like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, or Blender 3D modeling. This is especially true in the case of the MacBook Pro with retina display as the high-resolution display is very taxing on the computer’s hardware.
This is where external fans can be a godsend, keeping your CPU and other critical components at a stable operating temperature.
Laptop cooling pads come in many shapes, sizes, and even color options.
This product is the simplest option for solving your MacBook Pro overheating problems. It will protect your lap/table from the heat of your computer and it will use its patented filling, which it calls “Heatshift technology” to cool your device. This type of pad requires no batteries or cords and you don’t need to cool it down in the refrigerator. This is one of the better rated brands and the 16 inch pad costs about $35. You can get similar pads for around $15, but their reviews are less stellar.
The Tree New Bee pushes air toward a laptop to more actively cool down the overheating MacBook. This particularly product has four fans and a heat-drawing metal base. You can adjust the fan speeds. The stand requires power via a USB cord, but it provides extra USB ports to offset the loss. You can nab the Tree New Bee for about $18 (and it’s one of the best rated and best selling on Amazon) and other brands offer similar pricing.
If you don’t want a stand or pad underneath your laptop, consider adding a small side fan to push air your way. The Opolar mounts in two ways to the side of your computer and allows you to manage its 13 (!!) speeds and specific air temperature from a LED display. The Opolar doesn’t require charging or cords and advertises a 5,000 lifespan.
3. Other ways to prevent your MacBook Pro retina overheating
The very first thing to do when you’re you find your MacBook Pro overheating is to clean up your house (so to speak). CleanMyMac 3 is a simple Mac cleaning product that does just that: it rids your MacBook Air of useless junk files, thus giving you more storage space.