Laptop Overheating Issue: 3 Ways To Fix An Overheating Laptop

laptop overheating

An overheating laptop is not uncommon.

When I got my first computer I was able to use it for a few months before its processor fan stopped working. As a result I started experiencing a lot of problems with my laptop and there are some periods I’ll be using it only for it to shut itself down in the middle of a project.

Having your laptop suffer from overheating issue can be really frustrating, especially if your business depends on it, and based on my experience with my overheating laptop I’ve been able to learn a few tips. The tips below will help you prevent your laptop from overheating.

Always use your laptop on a flat surface

I can remember vividly using my first laptop on the bed regularly. I believed since it is a laptop I can easily use it anywhere I please without any problems. Unknown to me I have been preventing fresh air to pass through to my laptop and as a result making it to overheat.

You can easily prevent your laptop from overheating by ensuring you only use it on a flat surface. Each laptop has been designed in a way to be used only on a flat surface and using your laptop on your mattress or on the top of your clothes can be very dangerous – even if you want to use your laptop on the floor, there is no need to place anything beneath it. You have nothing to worry about since it has been designed to be used on a flat surface.

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Ensure it is completely shut down before putting it in a bag

Another mistake most people make especially when they are in a hurry is to put their laptop in a bag without shutting it down or without allowing it to shut down completely. Whenever your laptop is still running it is generating a particular amount of heat and it needs enough fresh air to neutralize that heat.

Placing your laptop in a bag without shutting it down only complicates things and prevents it from getting the fresh air that it needs, which might lead to overheating problems for it on the long run.

Always use it in a cool dry area

It is also very important for you to be careful with where you use your laptop computer. Heat is a very dangerous enemy to any computer so it is important to only use your laptop computer in a cool dry area. Your laptop generates enough heat already and you will be able to prevent it from overheating if you use it in a cool dry area.

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Jane Sheeba

is an entrepreneur and online business consultant. She shares her wellness tips at Slick Wellness. If you are into starting/running an online business and want success with life and business go here.

Sreejesh @techgyo - September 2, 2011

I always use a coolinngpad to make sure it doesn’t overheat, and still it sometimes overheat during Antivirus scan or when using any application which users heavy system resources

    Guest Author - October 19, 2011

    Sreejesh you’re right. When you’re using scans laptops get overheated for sure, since the whole disk is busy!

    Guest Author - October 19, 2011

    Thanks for stopping by Olawale. I’m glad that the post was useful to you 🙂

Mark - October 13, 2011

When I use my laptop on my lap it feels like it is on fire! Good post here.

Greg Marshall - October 13, 2011

I always do that thing you talk about (jamming the laptop in a bag as I am heading out the door). Not good! Sometimes the laptop does not shut down quickly and it is practically melting in my bag. 🙁

    Guest Author - October 19, 2011

    You’re so right Greg. We must always ensure that the laptop is properly shutdown as well as there is no heat at the bottom while putting it in the bag.

    For this reason it is good to shut it down way before we are about to leave!

Rebecca Gough - October 13, 2011

It helps my laptop temp if I keep the number of programs running to am minimum. Then it isn’t working so hard.

Paul Perkens - October 13, 2011

I bought a Targus laptop cooler/fan and it has really helped.

Salman - November 8, 2011

Awesome …tips to prevent laptop from overheating !! This article was an eye-opener to me as I felt the same as you did (#1)

Shariq - December 27, 2011

I have a Acer 533 notebook and after using it for couple of hours it gets heated up. After reading your post I came to know that I have to use in a surface where there is enough of air flow. Thanks for the information and really enjoyed reading it. Brilliant…

Daniel - February 14, 2012

Overheating laptops are a regular trade for us. Very often the manufacturers use poor quality heatsinks and thermal paste which allow for poor heat dissipation over prolonged periods of use. Your methods are most certainly likely to improve the usage time prior to overheating, and also to prevent the problem from occuring in the first instance.

    Laura - April 1, 2013

    I know what you mean. I’ve found a external cooler for my laptop, I was afraid it would turn my desk on fire. LOL!

Shajjad - February 21, 2012

Great review, thanks for sharing such amazing information.

Prakash - March 11, 2012

Hi Jane,
overheating of laptop is the mazor problem at this time….using of flat surfaces is essential for decreasing overheating…..
thanks Jane…….

Stephen Peters - March 17, 2012

Hi Jane,
Great tips. That was a great reminder to make sure it is shut down before “bagging it”. Come to think of it I have missed on that one time to do better.


Fatan - June 17, 2012

May be this is the problem for me till the laptop battery is now not charged anymore “I`am not use them in flat area, I always put it on my pillow while doing thing from my bed”. Now i will not do it again. Thanks for the best advices, This is the second page i read in your blog, Allow me to visit again in someday.

Yash - August 21, 2012

Buying a cooling pad also works wonder for laptop overheating problem.Nowadays one can get cooling pad for under 1000INR easily.

Alexander Slughorn - November 20, 2012

I am very thankful to you for your effort in making us aware through these useful solutions. I would like to add that if you are using overheated laptop or even a heated laptop on your laps, then immediately stop using it on laps, otherwise radiations consisting lithium coming out in form of heat will cause minor alterations in muscle activities of your legs, which is a harmful issue leading to cramps and muscle pains. I read it somewhere, so I thought to share it, but I was looking for a post like above where I could express my point.So once again I am thankful for this opportunity.

daniella - January 15, 2013

This is a very good post. Im quite happy that i found this article. My laptop seems to get very hot after only 30 minutes of usage.Thanks a lot Jane.

Nirmala - April 1, 2013

Thanks for the cool tips Jane!

Usually I place my lapi on the flat surface with a cooling pad!

Will check the other ways which you mentioned here to avoid over heating of laptop.

Herman Bolin - April 2, 2013

Cooling pad is the answer to all problems of overheating. And however much you hate it, but from time to time you need to clean the fans within your laptop (I do that once a year, approximately, by giving my laptop to specialists who clean it). Thus overheating won’t be a problem.

rigzin namgyal - April 3, 2013

..thank you so much for sharing this information..i always use my laptop on my bed..but after reading this post..i ll never do that…i didn’t know that heat was such a big enemy of laptop…
..this is my first visit to your blog..i will be returning back to read more from you.. 🙂

Ravinder Mehta - April 8, 2013

Hey Jane,
You are writing tech articles also, that’s great (Sorry Today only I came to know).
And by the way post is awesome, we bloggers have to use laptop daily and we are facing so much heating problem all the day. So, thanks for sharing these tips.

Josh - April 22, 2013

Another best way is to use Cooling pad and they are the effective one..

Thanks for a great post!!

David - November 6, 2013

What about periodically using canned air on it to clean out any of the vents?

I have done most of these myself too. More often than I can say, when I am in a hurry, (like working at a cafe) I think I shut my laptop off before I put it in my laptop bag, only to realized a while later that the bag and computer are really hot. It would seem like there would be a sensor that would detect when it is a computer bag and shut down.

Jon Downing - March 19, 2014

Great tips! I’m worried because my laptop seems to always have the fan running these days…and it’s NOISY. It’s like it’s off kilter or something, or needs to be cleaned -___- ugh. Anyway thanks for the tips!

Michael John - December 18, 2014

Hi Jane,
Nice info… I was not aware of these things before and as mentioned even I used to keep it in bed a lot. Later I realized that it just reduces the passage of air and thus it heats up. I also had a bad habit of keep my laptop on my lap but then I heard somewhere where it says that it is harmful to health. These things look minute which we ignore most of the time but honestly saying it is lot more important than it actually looks.
Thanks for the share

zylax - March 2, 2015

Thanks very much for posting that info. I had just replaced a monitor board, which I believe was damanaged by my laptop overheating so much? I mentioned the heating problem to the computer tech. who recommended a cooling pad, which I bought and has helped alot. However, I noticed that after spending several hours on the computer, it was still getting kinda on the hot side. My brain finally kicked in and I did a google search on the problem and walla found the answer in your post. Like other’s have wondered, why aren’t the egg headed, high-tech, computer geek mechanics (lol) in the repair shops aware of this simple problem/soultion. Thanks again Alx.

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