How Long Does a MacBook Last? The Complete Guide


    Did you know that there’s such a
    thing as “the A.P.P.L.E. way
    of delivering customer service? Each of those letters represents a step of
    service that Apple employees must take. All Apple employees get trained to
    master the art of science of handling customers.

    There’s no doubt that the A.P.P.L.E
    way works, but more than that, Apple’s products are durable. They’re also
    “exclusive,” which is why the “cheapest” MacBook Air
    already costs $999.

    So, if it’s “durable,” how
    long does a MacBook last then? Is there anything you can do to get the most out
    of your investment on such a pricey device?

    We’ll answer all these questions in
    this guide to MacBook maintenance and lifespan, so be sure to read on!

    Long Does a MacBook Last on Average?

    Apple says that first owners of
    macOS devices keep their Macs for an average of
    four years
    . From there, most of these products get passed along or
    resold. Some first owners also “give” their devices back to Apple so
    that others can use them.

    This implies that macOS devices,
    including MacBook units, can last for at least four years.

    Another way to look at things is to
    consider how Macs become obsolete after seven years. In this case,
    “obsolete” items are those that Apple stopped selling. Because
    they’re already obsolete, they also no longer receive hardware support.

    This suggests that Macs can last for
    seven years or more. However, once they stop working, it’s unlikely for them to
    be still repairable.

    On that note, some Macs owners say
    that their Mac devices are still functional after
    10 years

    That Affect How Long Your MacBook Can Last 

    Believe it or not, location and
    temperature can influence a MacBook’s lifespan. Even the surface you place your
    Mac on can make or break it.

    With that said, let’s take a much
    closer look at these factors that can affect a MacBook’s longevity. 


    The safe temperature range for lithium-ion
    batteries is between -4° to 140° Fahrenheit.
    However, Apple says that 50° and 95° F is the safe ambient temperature range
    for Mac notebooks. Any higher or lower than this can degrade their batteries
    and cut their life short.

    Extreme ambient temperature
    fluctuations can also damage a MacBook’s circuit board. This can happen if you
    use your Mac in a hot environment and then bring it somewhere cold, such as in
    an AC room. In this case, electrical current can heat and expand the board too
    quickly, causing it to distort.

    Your Mac on Your Lap

    While a MacBook is a
    “laptop,” always using it on your lap can cause it to overheat. In
    this case, your lap “insulates” the notebook, blocking the airflow in
    and out of the device. This is why you should also avoid using your Mac on any
    soft or cushiony surface, such as the sofa or a bed.

    If you rather work tummy-down on
    your bed, then at least prop your Mac up on a book or a laptop stand. Doing so
    ensures that air can still pass through your notebook’s vents. It also prevents
    form-fitting surfaces from insulating your device.

    and Debris Build-Up

    Did you know that indoor air can
    contain two to five times more pollutants than outdoor
    air? From dust to molds and pet dander, all these can be quick to build-up on
    and in your Mac. This is especially true for your MacBook’s vents; they’re
    usually the first to get clogged.

    Just like using your Mac on your
    lap, dirty vents can cause your device to overheat. Yes, your Apple notebook
    has a fan, but it can get filthy over time, too. Unless you clean your laptop,
    it won’t be long before those loud fans become the norm.

    To prolong your Mac’s lifespan, make
    it a habit to brush and wipe clean its case and vents.

    Delayed Software

    Outdated software is far more
    susceptible to malware attacks, which rise each year. In 2019, one
    cybersecurity firm detected over 24.61
    unique malicious objects. The company further noted how that
    signifies a 14% increase from the year before.

    One way that malware can cut your
    MacBook’s lifespan short is through a ransomware attack. Some types of
    ransomware only lock up files, while others can take away your access to the
    entire device. Either way, you’d have to pay the fee to regain access;
    otherwise, it’s bye-bye Mac.

    Malware infections can also lead to
    early laptop failure by making your Mac overheat. After all, many of these are
    resource-hogging, self-executing programs. Since they use up a lot of RAM (and
    storage), they can put unnecessary strain on your Apple notebook.

    One of the best ways to avoid all
    these hazards is to set up automatic OS updates. Make sure your built-in
    firewall protection is always active, too. You should also consider beefing up
    your Mac’s security with a third-party anti-malware.

    Your MacBook

    According to,
    creating a backup is the least you should do to maintain your MacBook. One good
    enough reason is to avoid data loss in case your Apple notebook crashes.

    However, another key reason to have
    multiple backups outside of your Mac is to free up space in it. You need enough
    available storage so that your device can download crucial updates. If it’s low
    on storage, it won’t be able to download and install those updates.

    If that happens, your Mac would be
    at risk of malware infections.

    So, instead of keeping all files in
    your MacBook, consider transferring some of them to iCloud. You can then create
    backups by syncing your Mac or iCloud with an external hard drive.

    Your Apple Notebook Last With These Mac Tips and Tricks

    There you have it, the ultimate
    guide that answers your question, “how long does a MacBook last?” At
    the very least, you can expect it to last at least four years. However, you can
    extend this to seven years or even more, provided you take good care of it.

    Ready for more guides like this to
    boost your tech-savviness? Feel free to check out our other educational and
    informative blog posts then!


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