Igor Kromin |   Consultant. Coder. Blogger. Tinkerer. Gamer.

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The Handoff features were introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. One of those features is to automatically start the WiFi hotspot on your iDevice as needed. This feature can be great in some circumstances, but in others it can be a downright pain. I found that plugging your iPhone into a Mac causes the hotspot to start by default, that's not needed nor desired in my case, so here are a few steps on how to disable that feature.

To disable the iPhone/iPad hotspot from starting when plugged into your Mac, open the System Preferences and click on Network. This will show a list of network interfaces your Mac has.

You will see something like this when the iPhone/iPad is plugged in (assuming you got a 3g/4g connection on it).
hotspotprefs1.png


To disable, click on the iPhone/iPad and, then click the little gear icon at the bottom, then select Make Service Inactive.
hotspotprefs2.png




You're not done yet, to make these changes permanent, click the Apply button.
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The hotspot will not turn off on the iPhone/iPad and the connection to your Mac will be disabled permanently. The connection icon will be greyed out and will have 'Inactive' as a status.
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To revert these changes, click the gear icon and select Make Service Active, then click Apply.

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