Potential Solutions On How To Fix macOS Catalina From Overheating

There have been reports from Mac users that their Mac starts to overheat after upgrade to macOS Catalina. The risk of damaging the hardware components of your mac increases when it overheats. It can lead to damages that at times cannot be repaired with that  data losses can occur. Not only can it damage your Mac, it can also pose risks to Mac users as well. It is then very important to regularly check the temperature of your Mac to prevent it from overheating. 

Now, how can we really tell if your mac is overheating? Aside from being able to feel it by touching it from the outside, there can also be several symptoms to know if your mac is overheating such as unusual running on your Mac, you might be hearing an excessive noise from Mac’s fan, or at times your Mac suddenly turns off and sometimes Mac freezes and is no longer responding. If you are experiencing these symptoms then your macOS may be overheating.  

There are a variety of reasons why macOS Catalina overheats. If the fan of your macOS Catalina is not functioning properly, it may not deliver sufficient cooling to your device causing it to overheat. Also, the presence of dust and dirt can possibly affects the internal cooling system. Other reason would on its battery. Using a Defective battery on your macOS  can be risky as it can cause your Mac to overheat. Whatever the cause why macOS Catalina is overheating, there are also potential solutions on how to fix it. Read on below to find out.

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Update to the latest version: Make sure that whenever a new update is available for download, you must immediately download it to be updated to the latest software version of your mac. New updates fixes bugs and other issues that might fix overheating problems on your macOS Catalina.

To check for updates: 

  1. Click on System Preferences 
  2. Then click on Software Update 
  3. No need to install an update if your Mac software is up to date. 
  4. But if an update is available for download, choose and click on Update Now to start installing.

Restart Mac: most of the time, restarting your Mac can fix overheating problems as this quits all opened apps and other features. A very simple solution yet at times resolves  macOS Catalina overheating problems.

You can do this by:

  1. Heading over to the Apple icon located at the upper left corner of your Screen
  2. Then click on Restart tab. Your Mac will automatically restart. 

Proper Positioning of your Mac: when you are using your Mac, make sure to place it on a flat surface. Putting it on a soft surface such as your mattress or pillow can block the airflow that can cause it to overheat. 

Remove Dust and Dirt: as mentioned above, dust and dirt affects the cooling system of your Mac causing it to overheat. It is therefore recommended to regularly check and clean your Mac by removing dust and dirt. 

Always keep in mind that before you clean your Mac, make sure to turn if off first then unplug it from the power source. You can clean your Mac gently by using canned air to remove dust and dirt from the vents of your Mac and blow any debris that might have lodged inside. 

Remove Mac Case: if you are using a case for your Mac, you may want to remove it as it maybe causing it to overheat especially if the casing does not allow air to flow at the bottom of your Mac. 

Quit Unused Apps: when you are not using an App on your Mac, it is much better that you manually quit it as overheating can occur from too many apps opened at the same time. 

To Quit an app:

  1. Click on the App name  (e.g., Photos)
  2. Quit App (e.g., Quit Photos)

Manage Energy Saver Settings: Reviewing the Energy Saver Settings on your Mac can help you choose when to turn off display for a period of time. This can actually help with overheating problems as turning off the display lessens the amount of energy your Mac consumes thereby fixing problems with overheating.

To manage Energy Saver Settings:

  1. Click on System Preferences from the Dock of your macOS Catalina.
  2. Click on Energy Saver. An icon that looks like a lightbulb. 
  3. Choose when to turn display off i.e 1 min, 15 mins, 1 hour, and 3 hours. 

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