If your MacBook Pro is running hotter then you would like, this guide will show you how to install rubber feet to reduce operating temperatures.
Setting your expectations: While this guide will help reduce the temperature your Mac runs at, it will not completely solve the problem. Early MacBook /MacBook Pros (2006-2015) do not have a lot of venting available and retain hot air in the chassis.
While Retina models have side vents to help, these still run hot because of how thin they are. This is not a problem on 13" models due to the lack of dedicated graphics, but it can help your computer run cooler regardless.
The author used a Early 2009 MacBook Pro 17" for this guide. The tempreatures before this were 180° F. After this change, they went down to 122°. This system has had a 58° temperature drop.
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Place your Macbook upside down on a clean flat surface.
Identify where you would like to place your new rubber feet. Placement should be somewhere next to the existing feet, but do not place on the curved edges as results will not be great.
Use rubbing alcohol or a similar substance to clean where you have chosen to place the feet.
Peel the paper backing off each foot. Place them in your chosen location.
Turn your Macbook right side up and enjoy.
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