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How many Cores do I Have in My CPU

how many cores do i have
Written by Hassan Abbas

The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the main unit of your computer if you are using a Mac or an Android. It does all the heavy lifting when you are gaming or just browsing. If your system has more cores, then it means it can handle more processes at the same time. This will improve the performance of your computer significantly. Knowing the number of cores inside your computer or mobile will help you understand and also compare performance across different devices and hardware.

So, how do we know the number of cores inside Windows, Mac, Android or iOS devices? Each of these platforms has a different way and we will be discussing all of them below. Pick your operating system and test it on your device now.

Let’s begin.

Find the Number of Cores in Windows CPU

If you are using a Windows computer then there are quite a few ways to know the number of cores running inside your CPU unit. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

The first method is the Task Manager method. Just Simply right-click on the Task Bar and select Task Manager from the menu. When the Task manager opens, click on the Performance tab to find the number of cores that are running inside your Windows CPU computer.

how many cores do i have

Another and a much better way to find out the number of cores inside your CPU is a software. Download and install CPU-Z software. It is freeware and comes with no ads. With CPU-Z, you will also discover the number of threads the cores employ, core speed, and so much more.

It is an advanced tool that must sit on every hard drive in the world. It is that good and the software is really lite with a small footprint in terms of resources.

To find the number of cores on your Windows computer using the command line, simply open cmd and type in the following command. echo %NUMBER_OF_PROCESSORS%

how many cores do i have

How to Find the Number of Cores in Mac CPU

If you are using a MacBook, then you will need different software or applications to know about the number of cores that power your laptops. I do not know why Windows users call their laptops just laptops but Apple users do not. They call it MacBook. Is not it the same? Too much branding? Ermm Anyways.

To find the number of cores running inside your MacBook. Just simply click on the ever-present Apple logo on the upper left corner of the screen. Once you do, you will see the option ‘About This Mac‘. Click on that to reveal a popup. Go to the Support tab and click on Specifications. Apple will redirect you to a web page on their site instead of displaying the information on your screen. In my case, I was redirected to this link for model MacBook Pro 13′ 2016 year.

Apple always did things their way and this time is no different. However, this does not paint the complete picture. If you are looking for more in-depth information. Then press the Option key and go to Apple Menu > System Information. You can also use Spotlight to find System Information. This is where you will see more information such as the number of cores running, CPU, RAM, and so on.

how many cores do i have

Cores in CPU Android

Today’s smartphones are really powerful. To give you some perspective of the same. Let me share an amazing fact here. Nasa once shared that Voyager 1 and 2, that was launched way back in the year 1977 to study our Solar System, had just 69.63 kilobytes of memory each. iPhone 5 came with 16GB memory that is 240,000 times more than that. iPhone 5 is now considered to be a vintage device. Pretty much dead. The question is, what are we doing with that much power in our pockets? Playing games and browsing social media? Just some thought for food.

The application is Hardware Information. As the name suggests, this nifty little app will collect all the information about what is underneath your Android device. Apart from the number of cores that are powering your smartphone. You will also learn a thing or two about the display, processor, RAM, cameras, and also sensors. A lot of useful information on a single screen neatly organized in expandable tabs. The application has no advertisements but comes with an in-app purchase. That will let you compare hardware info of over 3500 Android smartphones.

Cores in iOS CPU

iPhones are considered to be a premium lineup of smartphones and for good reason too. They look great, work smooth, and also have an amazing shelf life. Most people never face issues like iPhone slowing down or needing reboots to function correctly or simply hanging down on users. If you are interested in knowing about the number of cores running inside your iPhone. Then download and install the Lirum application from the App Store.

Tap on the menu on the right to select this Device under which you have to tap on CPU. This will reveal a drop-down menu that will share some critical information about your iPhone. In my case, the number of cores running on iPhone SE is 2. Yeah, I am still rocking the SE that runs iOS 12. Did not I say that Apple products have an amazing shelf life? Well definitely yes!

The lite version of the app is free to download and use and also there is no need to upgrade to the professional version. If you are an advanced user and need more advanced features. Such as the ability to compare device information and performance. Then the pro version will cost you $3.49 only.


Alright, That was All Folks! I hope you like this article and find it helpful to you, give us your feedback. Also if you guys have further issues and queries related to this article. Then let us know in the comments section below. We will get back t you shortly.

Have a Great Day!

Also See: What is Google Collection – How it Works

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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