How to check your PC or Mac’s CPU temperature to see if it’s at risk of overheating

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Your computer can easily overheat when you use it on soft surfaces, like pillows and blankets – here’s how to check your computer’s CPU temperature. Laurence Dutton/Getty Images
  • You can check your CPU’s temperature on a Mac or PC by downloading a third-party app.
  • If your CPU gets too hot for too long, your computer could shut down or stop working permanently. 
  • To monitor your computer’s CPU temperature, we recommend HWMonitor for PCs and XRG for Macs.
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If you recently upgraded your computer, you’ll want to pay attention to its CPU temperature. Running your CPU too hot can burn out your components, making your computer unusable. And if you need cooling fans, you’ll never know unless you check that temperature.

Fortunately, you can easily keep tabs on your PC or Mac’s CPU temperature by installing a third-party monitoring app.

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