It’s possible that you no longer need Hotspot Shield on your device, and you want to remove it. Usually, it’s quite straightforward to uninstall an application for Windows, macOS, iOS, or Android. However, sometimes apps may leave junk files behind. In other words, their uninstaller may not completely clean the app from your operating system.
If that’s the case, unwanted leftovers might clash with similar software. Some VPNs are so sensitive that they won’t even let you connect to a server unless you quit the other VPN that might be running.
So, let’s see how the Hotspot Shield uninstall goes.
How to uninstall Hotspot Shield VPN
Before we explain how to uninstall Hotspot Shield VPN, we’d like to quickly recap why you may want to do so:
- Your subscription or free trial has expired, and you don’t want to renew it.
- You’re already using 5 devices with your subscription but want to start using a new one. Therefore, you need to remove a device from your subscription and uninstall the app.
- You’ve changed your mind and want to use another VPN instead. Hopefully, you’re still eligible for the 45-day money-back guarantee and won’t lose your money.
- Something’s gone wrong. Your Hotspot Shield VPN doesn’t work properly, and you want to reinstall it.
There are a few differences between the uninstall processes on different platforms. Therefore, we’ll share the methods for all primary platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.
One thing is identical, though. Before you could uninstall Hotspot Shield, you’ll have to sign out from the VPN and close the app. Also, once done with the uninstall, you’d better restart your device.
Hotspot Shield Windows
To uninstall the Hotspot Shield Windows client, you’ll first need to open the Control Panel and the list of installed applications. The steps leading there are somewhat different depending on your Windows OS version.
For Windows 10 and 8, press and hold the Windows key and tap the “I” key. It’ll open the Windows Settings screen (Windows 10) or the Control Panel (Windows 8). For older versions, open the Start Menu and select Control Panel.
Now, select Apps (Windows 10), Uninstall a program under Programs (Windows 8), or Programs and Features (older). From this point on, all Windows versions are more or less the same.
Next, locate and click on Hotspot Shield on the list.
Press the Uninstall button. You’ll be prompted to confirm your decision (Windows 10).
Click Uninstall again.
Then, Hotspot will try to solve your potential technical issue by offering a search field for your problem. However, if you’re determined to go on with the uninstall, press the Uninstall button for the third time.
Finally, the removal process starts up. This shouldn’t take long.
Once Hotspot Shield has been uninstalled, just click Finish.
Hotpot Shield won’t uninstall
Normally, the above steps should suffice to uninstall Hotspot Shield from Windows. However, we discovered several leftovers that just won’t uninstall.
Before you move on, you should restart your system after you finish the uninstall.
Disclaimer: Do not edit the Windows Registry database unless you know what you’re doing. Removing keys by mistake might cause the system to crash.
To clean your system of unwanted leftovers, you need to open your Windows Registry Editor and manually remove all related registry keys.
Press and hold the Windows key and hit the “Q” key. Type “regedit” in the search field and hit Enter. The Registry Editor will be displayed. Now, press Ctrl + F for the Find window to come up. Type “hotspot shield” in the search field and hit Enter.
When you find hits, simply select the related registry keys and hit Del to remove them from the registry database. Now, press F3 to keep on searching for the same keyword.
Once you’ve removed all occurrences of Hotspot Shield from the registry, you can restart your system again.
Hotspot Shield Mac
It’s much simpler to remove Hotspot Shield for Mac. Open the Applications folder and locate your VPN.
Now you have two choices. If you have a mouse, right-click on the app and choose Move to Trash from the pop-up menu. Another option is to drag and drop the app into the Trash can.
Basically, that’s all there is to it. Now your Mac should be free of Hotspot. However, depending on your macOS, it’s possible that this VPN created a profile when you installed it. This profile may not get removed when you uninstall the app. Therefore, you’ll have to delete it manually.
To remove your Hotspot profile from your Mac, open the System Preferences window. Select Profiles. Click on your Hotspot Shield profile and press the “–” button at the bottom.
Hotspot Shield Android
Android is probably one of the easiest VPN clients to uninstall. Go to your Apps menu and locate the Hotspot Shield app. Tap and hold its icon.
When the Uninstall option appears at the top, pull the icon into the bin. Now, your device will ask you to confirm your move.
Tap OK. In a few seconds, you’ll have Hotspot Shield uninstalled.
Hotspot Shield iOS
Similar to the Android client, you need to locate the app icon on your mobile’s screen. Tap and hold the Hotspot icon until the app icons start jiggling. Now, touch the “X” sign that appears at the top-left corner of the icon.
A dialog box comes up to confirm your choice. Touch Delete to uninstall your Hotspot Shield iOS VPN app. Restart your phone to make sure the related profile is fully removed too.