How to Hide/Delete Apps From the iPhone or iPad's Purchased List

Whether it is a knockoff of Candy Crush Saga or something you'd rather forget about, most of us have downloaded an app that we'd rather other people not see. And while Apple keeping track of every app we've ever downloaded is handy when you want to re-download an app without paying the purchase price again, it's inconvenient in cases where you would rather hide the app.

Here's how to remove the app from your Purchased list.

  1. Launch the App Store.

    The App Store app on an iPad
  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner of the App Store screen.

    If you don't see your picture, move to the Today tab by tapping it at the bottom of the screen.

    The Today tab in the App Store on iPad
  3. Choose Purchased to view purchased apps.

    Account page in App Store on iPad
  4. To hide an app on this list, slide your finger from right to left on the app. A Hide button will appear. Tap Hide to hide the app.

    A screenshot of the App Store on iPad with the hide button highlighted
  5. You can filter the list from all apps to only ones you don't currently have installed using the tabs at the top. You can also search for a particular app using the search box at the top of the window.

How to View Hidden Purchases

Apps that you hide from the purchased list in the App Store aren't gone. You can still see apps you've hidden. Here's how:

  1. In the App Store, tap your profile picture just as you did to remove the app from the purchased list.

  2. Tap on your account. It should be the top choice on the pop-up window.

    Account menu in the App Store on iPad
  3. Scroll down and tap on Hidden Purchases.

    The Hidden Purchases option in the App Store on iPad
  4. Everything you have hidden from the list will show up on the next screen. From here, you can re-install any you want to keep by tapping the Cloud icon.

    If you don't see the app you're looking for, tap iPad Apps in the upper-left corner, and then tap iPhone Apps.

    Hidden Purchases screen in the App Store on iPad
  5. You can also view hidden purchases by tapping Purchase History. By default, this screen will only show purchases from the last 90 days, but you can view your entire account purchase history here.