Surface Pro Overheating: 6 Possible Reasons and Fixes

An overheating Surface Pro is frustrating to deal with and can be an unfortunately common problem. There are many potential causes for this issue that range from blocking the vents on the device, to using the computer in extreme heat.

Throughout my years of using various tablets, touchscreen devices, and computers, I have dealt with my fair share of overheating issues. Knowing the reason why your device is overheating, and how to fix the problem, is very important to keep your technology in good shape.

Without any further ado, this guide is going to take a closer look at why your Surface Pro is overheating, and how to deal with it.

1. Vents Are Being Blocked

One of the most common reasons for your Surface Pro overheating is that the vents are simply blocked when using the device. If you use your Surface Pro flat on the bed or another plush surface, the vents won’t have adequate space to pass warm air out the device.

If this is done long enough, or while you are doing particularly intensive things, it could lead to the device becoming overheated. The fix for this is to simply make sure there is enough space for air to flow through the vents.

Also, over time, these vents can get full of dust and other debris, which can inhibit their ability to properly dissipate heat. So make sure to clean and dust your Surface Pro often to keep it in the best shape.

2. Too Many Applications or Programs Running

If you are attempting to run too many intensive applications or programs at once, it can also cause the Surface Pro to overheat. A computer is only capable of doing so much at one time before it becomes overworked and the fan simply can’t keep up.

You may also notice that your screen will flicker during heavy use, and this can be a sign that overheating is approaching. The fix for this issue is to simply close some of the apps or programs that you are using, to allow the device to cool.

3. Using the Surface Pro in Extreme Heat

Whether you have a Surface Pro 7, or another model, using it for too long in extreme temperatures can lead to overheating. If you are out in the yard relaxing on a sunny day with your Surface Pro on your lap, you need to be careful.

The direct sunlight and outdoor heat can speed up the overheating process and has the potential to damage the device if you’re not careful. If you feel the device is close to overheating (or it already has) it is best to bring it inside and allow it some time to cool.

4. Unwanted Apps or Programs Running in the Background

While the programs you are actively choosing to run can often be the problem, there is also a chance that programs or apps running in the background could end up overheating your Surface Pro.

Many applications may be overworking your CPU, without you even actively doing anything or knowing about it. They might not use as many resources as applications you are actively using, but they can certainly contribute to issues like freezing, a flickering screen, and overheating.

Seeing whether this is causing your issues is as simple as going to your Task Manager, and observing which applications are running, and seeing how much memory and CPU they are using. If they are using too much for your liking, simply close those programs.

5. You are Using a High Power Mode

If your power mode is set to the highest, it will mean that all applications will run at the highest level possible, which can wreak havoc on your CPU. The overall performance will be improved, but there is a much higher chance that the Surface Pro will overheat as a result.

The way around this is to simply go to a lower mode. This will impact the performance of the device in some cases, but will also ensure that it doesn’t become overheated. You don’t need to go all the way to the lowest setting in many cases, but just take a break from the highest.

6. Charging-Related Issues

In some cases, a Surface Pro might overheat once it is plugged into its charger. If your device is overheating when charging, it can be because of a couple of different things.

It could be due to an issue with the outlet or voltage, a damaged cable or charger, or using an improper charger that isn’t officially supported by the Surface Pro.

The solution to this issue depends on what is believed to be causing it. If it is an issue with the outlet, simply move to another outlet. If it is a cord or charger issue, simply replace these and see if it helps. If not, it could be an internal issue and you will need to get it inspected or fixed.


Here are a few frequently asked questions about overheating Surface Pros, as well as their answers.

How hot can a Surface Pro get before it overheats?

The device has been rated for operation between +32ºF (+0ºC) and +95ºF (+35ºC). If the device gets hotter than that, it will shut down until it cools off enough to function once again.

Should I be worried if my Surface Pro gets warm?

In general, no, a little heat isn’t a cause for concern. Computers and other devices will warm up over time and if they are using a lot of resources. You’ll know if the device is overheating because it will show a blank screen with a thermometer icon, and then shut down.

Final Thoughts

All in all, there are many potential causes of your device overheating. It could be a one-time issue with a simple fix, or a recurring problem that requires a little more attention. We hope the fixes we covered have been able to help you get your Surface Pro back in working order.

Do you feel that we left something out that could have improved this guide in any way? If so, don’t hesitate to let us know in a comment.

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