How to Check Your Mac’s CPU Temperatures

Learn how to keep an eye on the temperature of your Mac’s CPU and GPU in order to effectively identify issues. Discover methods for addressing problems on both Intel-based systems and Apple Silicon Macs and MacBooks.


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Gaining the skill to monitor the temperature of your Mac can significantly contribute to prolonging your computer’s lifespan, especially for older Macs built on the Intel architecture. The newer Apple Silicon Macs and MacBooks, in contrast, generally maintain low operating temperatures, reducing the worry of overheating. Nevertheless, there’s a sense of satisfaction in observing the effective cooling performance of your recently acquired Mac.

If the recorded temperatures are trending towards elevated levels, it could indicate the need to perform maintenance on your Mac, such as clearing the vents or contemplating upgrades to enhance its capacity for managing the present tasks.

This guide will provide a comprehensive explanation of how to assess the temperature on macOS, applicable to both Intel and Apple Silicon-based systems. Conducting a quick examination is an option, as is continuously monitoring the temperature levels.

Check Apple Silicon Mac CPU Temperatures With the Hot App

The company iMazing created an app called Hot, which is available for free and is open-source. The purpose of this application is to offer a convenient and swift method for overseeing the CPU temperature on Mac and MacBook devices. It functions effectively on both systems powered by Apple Silicon and those using Intel architecture.

While there are alternative options tailored for Intel Macs, discussed later in this text, that also furnish GPU information, the Hot app stands out for M1- or M2-based Macs. It is a no-cost application that remains constantly visible in the upper menu bar of the screen, providing effortless access for quickly checking temperature details.

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  1. The Hot app can be downloaded from the iMazing website or GitHub page, where you can find the latest version.
  1. Open a Finder window and select the Applications folder. Then drag the app inside the zip file from the Downloads folder to the Applications folder. The app can now be launched from Launchpad or the Applications folder.
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  1. Direct your attention to the uppermost section of the screen, where the menu bar is situated. Locate the distinct icon representing the Hot application, designed in the likeness of a flame. Right alongside, the average CPU temperature will be visible. Should you desire further choices, like opting for either Fahrenheit or Celsius for temperature depiction, you can access these by opening the Hot application’s menu.