How to Fix an Overheating MacBook Air
Laptop Description The M1 MacBook Air is a first generation Apple Silicon laptop. It lacks an internal built-in air cooling system and as a results relies only on the external aluminum enclosure to act as a heatsink for cooling.
The new MacBook Air 2020 does have a fan & they are a few complaints about the noise of the fan. Just remember the 2020 MacBook Air is using the M1 processor. They won't over heat so there is no problems.
Change Your Environment Aim to use your MacBook Air on a hard and flat surface, such as a desk, to offer the best ventilation without blocking the fan. Soft furnishings, like a pillow or a couch, store more heat and introduce dust. Both of these can reduce your MacBook Air's ability to cool itself down.
Inside the laptop itself is a material called thermal paste, which essentially diverts heat away from the processor, which is a high generator of heat. This normally lasts the lifetime of the laptop but can sometimes be reapplied to help with the dispersion of heat.
These tips will help:
iPads were also designed to shut down when they overheat in order to protect the internal lithium-polymer battery. When you get an overheating warning you can pause -- for between 5 and 15 minutes -- to let it cool down. The cooling process can be accelerated by moving the device to a cooler area.
Shut down your Mac On your Mac, choose Apple menu > Shut Down. If you don't want app windows that are open to reopen when your Mac restarts, deselect “Reopen windows when logging back in.” A Mac is completely shut down when the screen is black.
Fans. The primary method of cooling for any computer is proper airflow in and around the computer, making sure that hot air can escape and cool air can circulate. MacBook Pros can come with one or two fans depending on the size and graphics cards, and the MacBook Air has one fan.
Laptop Description The new M2 MacBook Air uses a new fanless design similar to Apple's prior 12-inch MacBook model. Without an internal built-in air cooling system, the laptop's cooling depends on the external aluminum enclosure to act as a heatsink for cooling.
Another shocker: the MacBook Air delivers this performance without a fan. It just relies on a heatsink and passive cooling, like the iPad. That's great news for anyone tired of MacBooks that sound like they're getting ready for takeoff.