The laptop has a built-in sensor that tracks the internal temperature. Still, Windows or macOS cannot find the temperature information. Laptopsreviewes describes how to monitor your laptop temperature using a free and secure application. You will also learn some best practices for keeping your laptop CPU temperature within safe limits.
Check the Laptop Temperature Using Core Temp for Windows
- Download CoreTemp. Core Temp is a free app for windows that shows the temperature of your PC’s CPU. Click the download link at the top center of the page to download it. This will save the installer in the default download folder.
- Core Temp has been used for a long time; Internet security experts have also recommended it. However, many other apps monitor your laptop CPU temperature if you want to shop.
- Double-click the downloaded file. It is called CoreTempsetup.exe. It depends on your security settings. You may need to select yes to open the app.
- Follow the instructions to install Core Temp. When prompted to select additional tasks, uncheck items unrelated to the Core Temp app. Once the installation is complete, you will be asked if you want to open the app.
- Open Core Temperature if you are still using the installer, follow the onscreen instructions to launch the app for the first time. If not, click Core Temperature in the Start menu.
- Find the CPU temperature in the temperature readings section. It’s at the bottom of the window. If you use multiple CPUs (or multi-core CPUs), you will see various temperature sets. The current laptop temperature of the
- CPU is displayed in the first space. The Minimum column shows the lowest CPU temperature recorded since the app was launched. The Maximum column shows the maximum recorded temperature. The “load” percentage indicates the amount of load on the core.
- “Throttle” temperature means the manufacturer’s temperature to be the safest operating temperature. The CPU temperature must not exceed this temperature. Laptop CPUs shouldn’t run above 122F / 50C in most cases.
- If the internal temperature is too high, press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open Task Manager and click Details (if any) at the bottom left of the window. Find the app using the most CPU power in the CPU column and shut it down if necessary.
Check the Laptop Temperature Using Fanny for macOS
- Install the app Fanny on your Mac. Fanny is a free app to monitor your Mac’s internal temperature. To install the app Fanny, go to, and click Download v2.3.0 (or the latest version number). Then double-click the file to unzip it. Double-click the app inside and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Click the Notification Center icon in the menu bar. It will be in the upper right corner of the screen. It looks like three horizontal lines with three dots in front.
- Click the Today tab. It is visible at the top of the notification center.
- Click + next to “Fanny”. This will add the Fanny widget to Notification Center and the fan icon to the menu bar.
- Click the fan icon on the menu bar to open Fanny. It is near the upper right corner of the screen (on the left side of the clock). You can also open Notification Center to see the Funny Widget if you prefer.
- Find the CPU and GPU temperatures. Information about Mac fans and the current temperature of the CPU and GPU (graphic card) is displayed.
- Apple does not report the average operating temperature of the CPU or GPU. Still, we recommend using the notebook only when the ambient temperature is 50-95 F (10-35 C). The Mac CPU temperature should generally stay in the 122F / 50C zone.
- A fantastic way to see the average CPU temperature for other Mac users is to visit. Select a model from the drop-down menu above the Base Model column. The “Idle” temperature column shows the CPU temperature of the system where the app is not open, and the “Load” temperature shows the highest recorded temperature.
- Suppose the temperature is too high, open Activity Monitor (under Applications> Utilities) and click the CPU tab. You can click the CPU% column to sort by the one that consumes the most CPU power. If you close this app, the temperature may drop.
Check the Temperature of Your Laptop Keeping Your Laptop Cool
- Work in a calm environment. It’s not always possible, but try to work in a place that isn’t too hot. A safe laptop temperature zone for modern is an ambient temperature of 50-95 F (10-35 C). If the ambient temperature gets too high and you need to use your laptop, try pointing the fan during use. Protect your laptop from direct sunlight outdoors, incredibly when extremely hot.
- Use your laptop on a harsh plain surface. Placing the laptop on a soft surface such as a pillow or blanket makes it difficult for the fan to circulate the air properly. The laptop is on a flat, hard surface such as a table or desk.
- Ensure nothing is blocking the fan opening and that nothing is set on the keyboard. Try a laptop cooling pad or an external fan if you need to work on your lap.
- Change the power plan of your PC. If you’re using Windows 10 or 8.1, make sure you’re using a balanced or low-power method, not high performance.
- If you keep your laptop overdriven at all times, your laptop will get hot.
- To edit your PC’s power plan, right-click on the battery indicator on the taskbar and select Power Options.
- Many laptops automatically go to sleep mode, so another way to reduce energy consumption is to unplug them.
- Laptops are often set to “passive” cooling in battery mode to save energy. However, if you overheat frequently, we recommend changing this to active.
- Under Power Plans in Power Options, click Change Plan Settings, click Change Advanced Power Settings, and find these settings in Processor Power Management.
- Clean the fan. If dust collects on the fan or vents, it will reduce the cooling effect. To counter this, you can sometimes clean your fans.
- Depending on your laptop, your expertise, and the tools available, you may be able to do this yourself. It includes shutting down the computer, flipping it over, and removing the bottom panel to show the parts.
- Next, you need to gently use a cotton swab or cloth to loosen any dust or dirt around the fan. When using compressed air, use only short burst light.