6 Laptop Cooling Tips To Fix Laptop Overheating (Instantly)

If you own a laptop, then you must know that overheating in laptops is pretty common. But sometimes it gets so intense that it starts to impact your laptop’s performance. Aging may be an issue for this, but since you can’t just go buy a new laptop every year, there are a few things that you can do to keep the temps in check. 

Fix Laptop Overheating

Overheating can damage many internals and isn’t healthy for the laptop in the long run. You will get the most out of your laptop when it’s cool enough. So, in this article, I am going to talk about 6 of the best ways to fix Laptop Overheating. So, let’s dive straight into our topic. 

1. Cleaning Your Laptop’s Internals

Cleaning laptop internal

Your laptop has fans that help cool down the processor and GPU to work effectively. It needs to blow hot air out of the vents. So, place your hands next to the vents and check if you feel little or no air. If the dust is accumulated on the fans, you won’t feel air and chances are it is the main reason for overheating. 

You can open up the laptop and blow out the dust yourself or by using laptop cleaning kits. If you are not comfortable with opening up the laptop then you can contact a professional to do this. Check if the fans are working properly after cleaning the dust. If not then replace them with new ones. 

2. Change Thermal Paste

Applying thermal paste on processor scaled

Thermal Paste is present on the top of the CPU and GPU to help it stay cooler. Changing thermal paste can fix laptop overheating problems most of the time. And applying it is quite simple as well. Just remember to get a thermal paste from a good and known brand. Checking reviews of it before buying can also help. 

You can again do this yourself. While doing so, make sure you have cleaned out the old thermal paste with a soft brush or cloth. Leave no residue. Open up the lids of your CPU and GPU and apply fresh thermal paste. You can again take help from a professional for this. 

3. Get A Cooling Pad

Laptops airflow vents are on the bottom of the laptop body in most cases. So even if you’re using it placed on a flat surface, the airflow still won’t be very efficient. To counter this, you can use cooling pads and laptop stands. They will raise your laptop to a distance where the hot air can easily come out of the vents making your laptop cooler. 

I would suggest you go for a cooling pad which comes with fans, though they can be a bit expensive. These can be good if you’re noticing very high temperatures, like 80°C or more. You can choose a normal laptop stand for a normal stand if your laptop temperatures aren’t very high. if you’re buying them online make sure to check the reviews. 

4. Check For Viruses

Windows defender full scan

Viruses can also be a reason for degraded performance at high temperatures in Windows PCs. Some viruses can consume a lot of your system resources, making the laptop slower and ultimately result in higher temperatures. 

So, you can use Windows Defender to check for viruses. 

  • Search for Windows defender and open it.
  • Click on the Virus & threat protection icon.
  • Click on the Scan Options link and select Full Scan.
  • Now click on Scan Now and wait for it to scan.

You would be able to see the results. If it detects the presence of any virus then format your disk and reinstall Windows OS. Repeat the same process again to check if the virus is removed. 

5. Check The Laptop’s Fan

Cleaning laptop fan

Sometimes a slight change in the laptop’s internal fan alignment can make a huge difference in airflow. Due to overuse, the laptop’s fan can deviate from its position and may create a squeaking noise as well. This can result in bar airflow and ultimately overheating issues. That’s when you know you need to get a new fan for the laptop. 

You can purchase a new one from online stores and replace it yourself, or get to the service center for help. To get the right one online, just Google your laptop’s model name and internal fan. For example, if you own a Dell XPS 13, simply write Dell XPS 13 internal fan and you will find the right one in different stores. 

6. Tweak Your Settings

There are a few things you can change in your settings that can improve the temperatures overall. 

  1. The very first thing is to disable the apps from starting up automatically. Simply open the task manager, go to the Startup tab, and select & disable all the apps which you don’t need after startup. Only enable those apps which you use very often. This prevents them from starting up automatically after booting.
Task manager startup tab
  1. Next, you need to uninstall useful apps. Simply search Apps & features and choose the apps you don’t need and uninstall them. These apps may run in the background even if you’re not using them and may use resources and make your laptop hotter. 
Apps and features uninstall drivers
  1. Uninstall the antivirus software if you’re using any. The third-party antivirus may run in the background, consuming your resources and increasing the laptop temperature. Instead, go for Windows Defender. It is more than enough for protecting your Windows. Also, it uses very less resources. 
Windows Defender Interface


Why does my laptop get overheated so fast?

Fan problems, dust accumulation, thermal paste, and poor airflow can be the reasons for the laptop to get overheated very fast. 

How can I prevent my laptop from overheating?

You can try cleaning your laptop, changing thermal paste, using a cooling pad, checking for viruses, and undervolt your CPU to prevent the laptop from overheating.

Is the cooling fan good for the laptop?

Yes. In fact, it is one of the most effective ways to keep the temperatures low. This can help is efficient airflow making the laptop stay cooler and results in improved performance. 

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Satish Shah
Member of Team TJ - Tech Enthusiast, and Programmer

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