How to Hide App Store Purchases [iOS Tips]

How to Hide App Store Purchases [iOS Tips]How to Hide App Store Purchases [iOS Tips]

One of the new features Apple added in the App Store alongside iCloud and iOS 5 is the ability to re-download all of your purchases on any authenticated iOS device. This means that all of your purchased apps are available to see and download in the App Store at any time.

If having a concrete record of all your past app purchases isn’t really your thing, you can actually hide specific App Store purchases.

How to Hide App Store Purchases [iOS Tips]

It’s very easy to hide purchases in the App Store. On the iPhone, navigate to the “Updates” section of the App Store app and tap on the “Purchased” menu. You will then see a list of previously purchased apps categorized into “All” and “Not On This iPhone.”

Swipe with your finger on each app to bring up the option to hide that purchase. Tap “Hide” and the desired app will be erased from your purchase history. The same option can be used in the “Purchased” section of the App Store on the iPad.

How to Hide App Store Purchases [iOS Tips]

If you want to unhide an app, swipe to the bottom of the “Featured” section of the App Store and tap on your Account ID. You’ll be able to unhide previously hidden purchases from your account page.

  • iBrittBlair

    I saw this somewhere before and tried it but my App Store app crashes every time I hit the “hide” button. I like that the feature exists but nothing seems to be without its bugs for a while.

  • MacHead

    Been working for me…..its also able to be done from iTunes on a computer if you want to try that option

  • aga

    I have been doing this on my iPad running iOS 4.3.3. Not unique to iOS5.

  • Mike google

    doesn’t work on my iPod 4g and IOS 5 store is crashing

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