See Who Is Connected to Your Hotspot & Remove Them

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Ever find yourself in a situation where you need a Wi-Fi connection but you’re nowhere near a wireless router? You can use your iPhone to provide a Wi-Fi connection to your other devices. But what if someone you don’t want using your hotspot connects to it? Here’s how to kick someone off your iPhone’s personal hotspot.

Why You’ll Love This Tip:

  • See who has used your iPhone’s personal hotspot in the past.
  • Remove any devices you don’t want connected to your hotspot.

How to Use the Hotspot on Your iPhone & Remove Devices

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 15 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

When others are using your hotspot, you won’t be able to see their connections in real-time. However, you can see which devices have connected to your hotspot in the past. For more iPhone tips and tricks, be sure to check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here’s how to see and remove people from your iPhone’s personal hotspot:

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  1. Open the Settings app, and tap Personal Hotspot.

    iphone settings with personal hotspot circled in red
  2. Tap the toggle next to Allow Others to Join to turn it on and activate your hotspot.

    iphone hotspot settings with allow others to join toggle circled in red
  3. Tap Wi-Fi password to change the password if you haven’t already. In addition to being good practice, this will prevent anyone you don't want from joining your hotspot after you kick them off.

    iphone hotspot settings with password circled in red
  4. Once a device is connected to your hotspot, go into Settings and tap Cellular.

    iphone settings with cellular circled in red
  5. Scroll down to the Cellular Data section, and tap Personal Hotspot.

    iphone cellular data settings with personal hotspot circled in red
  6. Here, you can see a list of devices that have connected to your hotspot and used your cellular data connection.

    iphone personal hotspot cellular data usage screen showing a list of devices that have connected to the hotspot
  7. To remove someone from your hotspot, you will have to turn off the hotspot. To do this, swipe down from the upper right to open the Control Center.

    iphone personal hotspot cellular data usage screen showing a list of devices that have connected to the hotspot, with a red arrow pointing downward from the top right corner, indicating to swipe down and open the control center
  8. Long press the upper left square.

    iphone control center with top left square circled in red
  9. You can see how many devices are connected to your hotspot under the hotspot icon. Tap the icon to disable your hotspot and disconnect anyone who is currently using it.

    iphone control center toggles with hotspot icon circled in red, showing 1 device connected

That’s how to see who has used your iPhone’s personal hotspot and how to remove them. Next, find out how to change your hotspot name on iPhone.

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.