I can connect to my iPhone hotspot through Wi-Fi on my MacBook Air, but when I then click "Disconnect from my iPhone" in the Wi-Fi menu, nothing happens.

The only method I could use disconnect is to disable Personal Hotspot on the iPhone itself.

Disconnecting on my MacBook used to work prior to upgrading to OS X 10.11, El Capitan. Any idea of a fix?

  • I have this same problem, although I'm not sure how to fix it beside disconnecting the hotspot from the source. (i.e. iphone,etc.)
    – user154579
    Oct 27, 2015 at 19:04
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    Hmm - sounds like a temporary block. Is this reproducible after you reboot your Mac?
    – bmike
    Oct 27, 2015 at 19:34
  • Actually, this did not help on the long term. I ended up turning off wifi on my mac for a while when I want to disconnect.
    – Ben2209
    Jul 7, 2016 at 5:42

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My solution is to "Turn Wi-Fi off" and the enable it again, on the MacBook. Kinda hassle but it solved my issue.

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    Jul 6, 2016 at 20:37
  • following this answer clearly resolves the problem.
    – frumbert
    Jul 18, 2016 at 6:04

I solved my problem following bmike's instructions: I rebooted my computer!

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    Actually, this did not really solve the problem. So I always turn off wifi for a while on my mac. So far I have not found a better solution
    – Ben2209
    Jul 7, 2016 at 5:40

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