Checking your laptop's temperature: 9 steps (with pictures)

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Checking your laptop's temperature: 9 steps (with pictures)
Checking your laptop's temperature: 9 steps (with pictures)

Most computers already have a sensor for measuring the internal temperature of the computer. However, it is often not easy to obtain this information. The best way to access this data is to download an app that can monitor the temperature for you. Once you know the temperature of your computer, you can take steps to bring it down.


Method 1 of 2: Checking the temperature

Check the Temperature of Your Laptop Step 1

Step 1. Choose a software program or app

While some computers have features to monitor the laptop's internal temperature, you'll usually need to download an app to access that data. You can choose from various free or cheap apps to download.

  • You can try apps like Real Temp, HWMonitor, Core Temp or Speed ​​Fan.
  • Most of these apps work fine. Your choice will mainly depend on whether or not you want to pay for it, as well as your preferred platform.
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Step 2. Download the software

Once you have selected an app, you must first download it to your computer. Find a suitable website for any app using your favorite search engine. Search for the official site of the app, and use that to download the program to your computer.

To download an app, click the 'Download' button of the app you have chosen. A screen should appear to guide you through the download process

Check the Temperature of Your Laptop Step 3

Step 3. Install the software

When the screen appears, click 'Run' for the installation process. If it doesn't appear, you may need to find out where the file was downloaded on your computer and click it to begin the installation process. Follow the on-screen instructions for installing the program. If you don't know which settings to choose, stick with the default settings.

Check the Temperature of Your Laptop Step 4

Step 4. Run the app

Once you've installed the app, all you need to do is click the app to run it. Most of them will show a screen with the internal temperature of your laptop. Some also show your laptop's maximum temperature, and you can even set some to warn you if your laptop gets too hot.

  • Usually the maximum temperature is 100 degrees Celsius. However, first check the manual of your device to find out what the max temperature is for your computer.
  • However, your laptop usually needs to run below 50 degrees Celsius.

Method 2 of 2: Keeping your laptop cool

Check the Temperature of Your Laptop Step 5

Step 1. Set your cooling method to 'active'

A laptop is often set to 'passive' cooling to save energy in battery mode. If you often notice overheating, you can change that to active cooling. Go to Power Options in Control Panel. Click on 'Change energy settings' under the scheme you want to change. Click on 'Change advanced power settings'.

You may have to do some searching here. Look for names such as "Processor Power Management" or "Power Saving Settings." Under these names you should find a place where you can change the cooling to 'active'

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Step 2. Work in a cool environment

Although it is not always feasible, it is best to work where it is not too hot. If you think it's cool enough, it's not too hot for your computer either. However, you should not work in temperatures higher than 35 degrees Celsius, if possible.

Pointing a fan at your laptop can also help

Check the Temperature of Your Laptop Step 7

Step 3. Do not place your computer on soft surfaces

When you place your laptop on a soft surface, such as a pillow or blanket, it is difficult for the device to circulate air properly. Your laptop should be on a flat, hard surface, such as a table or desk. Check that there is nothing blocking the fan.

If you have to work with the computer on your lap, make sure you have a 'cooling pad' for your laptop, or an external fan

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Step 4. Use less energy

If your laptop has to run at full throttle all the time, it will stay hot. Switch to battery-saving mode to reduce your power consumption and keep your computer cooler.

Another way to reduce your power consumption is to go off the mains if you can, as many laptops automatically go into economy mode

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Step 5. Clean your fans

When dust has built up around your fans and vents, they will no longer cool as effectively. To counteract this, you should clean the fans from time to time. The easiest way is to turn off your computer and disconnect it from the mains. Blow air into the vents with compressed air. Use only short bursts of air.

  • You can also use cotton cloths to remove lint.
  • Another option is a computer vacuum cleaner, which sucks up the dust.

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