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

Screenshot of App Store

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 not anyone see. And while Apple keeping track of every app we've ever downloaded is quite 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.

So how do you remove the app from your purchased list?

  • First, launch the App Store. (Learn how to launch apps quickly...)
  • You can go to your App Store account settings by tapping your profile picture in the upper-right corner of the App Store screen. If you do not see your picture, move to the Today tab by tapping it at the bottom of the screen.
  • Choose Purchased to view purchased apps. Note: If you are using Family Sharing, you will also have the ability to view purchases by anyone in the Family Sharing group if you are the primary account.
  • To hide an app on this list, slide your finger from right to left on the app. A hidden Hide button will appear. Tapping this button will hide the app.
  • You can filter the list from all apps to only those not on the device using the tabs at the top. You can also search for a particular app.

How to View Hidden Purchases

Unfortunately, apps that are removed from the purchased list in the App Store aren't deleted from it. In fact, its rather easy to get a list of hidden purchases, which almost makes you wonder why Apple included the ability to hide the apps in the first place. Luckily, most people don't really know about this feature.

  • In the App Store, tap your profile picture just as you did to remove the app from the purchased list.
  • Tap on your account. It should be the top choice on the pop-up window.
  • Scroll down and tap on Hidden Purchases. Everything you have specifically hidden from the list will show up here.
  • 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 view the entire account purchase history here.