How To Check Laptop Temperature

Chris Campbell27 Feb 2022

You've probably noticed a rise in the temperature of your laptop at some time. It is sometimes the result of aged hardware. However, it can also occur during times of high usage.  In any case, experiencing your laptop overheating is a rather typical issue. Unfortunately, it can have serious consequences, often anticipating future problems or a drop in peak performance.

You don't want your laptop to overheat, thus you should know how to monitor the temperature of your laptop. Your laptop contains a large number of electronic components crammed into a compact area, and heat will constantly accumulate. As a result, if your laptop runs hot frequently, you’d eventually have problems. You can remedy any overheating issues by monitoring the temperature of your laptop.

When laptops overheat, it is usually due to an overheated CPU or central processing unit. This can occur for a variety of causes, including a lack of air, dust accumulation, or faulty equipment. If you discover that your laptop is running hotter than usual, you'll want to know how to monitor your CPU temperature.

How To See Laptop Temperature

Is your laptop overheating? Excessive heat might be the cause of your laptop randomly shutting down, locking up, or seeming sluggish while doing intensive tasks. It is critical to monitor your CPU temperature. Surprisingly, Windows does not include a quick way to check your laptop's CPU temperature. You could search your system's BIOS for the information, but that's a lot of work for a basic sensor readout. Fortunately, there are free tools that allow you to easily view your processor's temperature.

Manually Checking BIOS/UEFI

Unfortunately, there is no simple method to view your laptop's temperature, thus you must rely on your basic input-output system. The BIOS is placed on the motherboard and is the first piece of software that loads when you turn on your laptop. It is in charge of ensuring that all of the hardware in the laptop turns on and functions properly.

To manually check the temperature from the BIOS:

  • Navigate to "Update & Security."
  • In the side panel, click "Recovery."
  • Now, under "Advanced startup," choose "Restart."
  • From the reboot screen, select "Troubleshoot."
  • Choose "Advanced options."
  • Tap "UEFI Firmware Settings."
  • To confirm, hit "Restart." You'll be brought to a screen where you can see your CPU temperature under "PC Health Status" or "System Hardware Monitor."

Using Terminal to Check Mac Temperature

If you wish to see the temperature of your MacBook Pro. You can do it in just a few seconds, through the Terminal. Here's what you should do:

  • On your MacBook Pro, launch Terminal.
  • Enter "sudo powermetrics —samplers smc |grep -i "CPU die temperature" in the command line.
  • Type the password for your Mac.
  • Wait for Terminal to display the temperature of your CPU.

How To Monitor Laptop Temperature

Overclockers and anyone with a powerful laptop are the two kinds of users who are concerned about their laptop's temperature. Those things simply roast your laptop! ver wondered what temperature your CPU is operating at? Unfortunately, there is no built-in way to view your laptop's CPU temperature, so you'll need to use third-party software for this.

Core Temp

The processor, or CPU, is the most critical temperature to monitor in your laptop. Core Temp is a simple and light software that sits in your system tray and monitors the temperatures of your CPU without clogging it up. It has a few different choices so you may tailor it to your preferences.

Here's how to use it:

  • When you launch Core Temp, it will appear in your system tray as an icon or sequence of icons displaying the temperature of your CPU. If your CPU has several cores, it will display several icons, one for each core.
  • To reveal or conceal the main window, right-click on the symbol. It will provide you with a wealth of information about your CPU, such as the temperature of each of its cores.
  • Take special care of the "TJ. Max" figure, if it appears here. This is the maximum temperature that the manufacturer has specified your CPU to operate at. If your CPU reaches that temperature, it is deemed to be overheating. It's normally ideal to keep it at least 10 to 20 degrees lower than that.


If you'd rather not use Terminal commands to check the temperature on your Mac daily, there's a lot easier solution that also looks more elegant. It does, however, involve the installation of different software.

Here's how to utilize Fanny's Menu Bar to check the temperature:

  • Download Fanny from the Fanny Widget website.
  • Launch the app and it will appear on your Menu Bar.
  • To monitor the current temperature of your CPU and GPU, go to the Menu Bar and select the Fanny icon.

What Temperature Should My Laptop Be?

The highest temperature supported by a CPU varies. The information is usually listed as "Tj. Max" which is an abbreviation for the temperature junction, or the maximum operating temperature of the hardware.   However, this is the highest temperature. The moment at which your CPU panics and shuts down to protect itself from harm. Running at or near that temperature daily is hazardous for the long-term life of your gear. 

Instead, use the following basic rule of thumb when it comes to CPU temps under load:

  • Below 60° C - You're doing fantastic!
  • 60° C to 70° C - Everything is still working properly, although it is becoming a little warmer. If CPU temps continue to rise over time, try clearing the dust from your laptop.
  • 70° C to 80° C - This is just too hot to run unless you're trying to overclock. If you aren't, ensure your fans are operating and there aren't any dust particles impeding your system's airflow.
  • Temperatures ranging from 80° C to 90° C - We're running too hot for long-term health. Inspect your hardware for damaged fans or dust accumulation, and if you're overclocking, reduce your settings, particularly the voltage if you've altered it. Take note however that you will occasionally observe more capable laptop processors reach the low 80s throughout gaming sessions, at which point they begin throttling back performance. This is normal, but if temperatures exceed 85° C, be careful.
  • Over 90°C - Danger!

With simple and free temperature monitoring methods available, now is a great time to start keeping track of your laptop's temperature regularly. Most people don't see the point in checking every day, believing that monitoring is difficult, but third-party applications have made the task easier than before. While some heat is natural and to be anticipated, monitoring the temperature of your laptop is an excellent approach to safeguard your device.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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