Remove Apps From Your Mac App Store Purchase History [OS X Tips]

Remove Apps From Your Mac App Store Purchase History [OS X Tips]Remove Apps From Your Mac App Store Purchase History [OS X Tips]

Did you buy an app for your Mac that you later regret having bought? Or did you decide it was so terrible that you don’t want to be reminded about having bought it? Well, you are in luck, because now there is a way to remove purchases now from your Purchased history in the Mac App Store.

If you want to remove an app from the Mac App Store all you need to do is:

  1. Launch the Mac App Store.
  2. Click on the Purchased button.
  3. Hover the mouse pointer over an app on your purchased list and a small “X” will appear next to the Install button on the right.
  4. Click the “X” to remove the app from your purchased history.
Remove Apps From Your Mac App Store Purchase History [OS X Tips]

Although the app is removed from your purchased history at this time, it isn’t uninstalled or deleted from your computer if it is already installed.

  • SolarJ

    How do you get them back, if you accidentally deleted?

  • Aelton

    i accidentally deleted Lion and would like to get it back as well.  I can’t seem to find any details on getting things back.

  • SolarJ

    Me Too!

  • Mark G

    Is there any way of doing this from the regular iPhone app store?

  • Chris

    maybe hold alt while clicking on purchases?

  • pooh

    just go to yuor account and unhide them

  • Hmmm again…

    Cool!

    Is there any way of deleting apps and songs that are now just junk becuase I will never want them again.
    It’s not hiding I need it’s deleting.
    If I ever need it I’ll re-purchase it.

    Anyone know??

  • JMattP

    You can do it in iTunes. Open iTunes, then open your eyes. You’ll find it.

  • JMattP

    Oh no! Now you have to buy it again!

  • Len Williams

    Unfortunately all this seems to do is temporarily hide the app. I closed the App Store then relaunched it, and the app I’d “deleted” was back again. I don’t want to be reminded of an app I never use and have deleted from my system. Is there a way to completely remove an app from my purchase history for good? There’s no value to me in just hiding the app.

  • Michling

    What if you delete an app by mistake, how can you get it back and be able to install it?

  • Martin Gartner

    To unhide hidden Apps open the Mac App Store, go to Featured area, click on Account on the right side and then Show hidden articles. (don’t know the exact English phrase as I’m on a German OS)

  • Flu Guy

    Jay – thank you for you insightful answer. I’m sure everyone agrees that they too benefited from your waste of HTML.

  • ANIL UTKULU

    This question ‘ve been asked before i know but if i delete accidentally.Really do i have to buy it again?

  • Digitalvisionboard

    For anyone that has accidentally deleted Lion, or anything else, from their “purchased” items in the app store, open the Mac App Store, go to Featured on the menu bar, click on Account on the right side and then click on “Show hidden articles”, this will show all apps that you have deleted and you will be able to “unhide” and then reinstall. Good luck!x

  • ywamer

    You are my hero. Thanks.

  • Keven Dufour

    MERCI !!!!

  • AppDelete

    My app AppDelete or AppDelete Lite (Mac App Store) can help you with this.  Just delete your app using AppDelete and although it will still show in the App Store that you purchased the app, you will not be reminded for updates.  If ever you want to reinstall just click Install in the Purchases tab in the App Store and it will reinstall without having to pay again.  If I can help further just contact me via my site http://www.reggieashworth.com.  Thanks!

    Reggie – AppDelete developer

  • Emeka Tolefe

    This was very helpful.

    Many thanks

  • Rodolpho Rodriguez

    You are awesome?

  • Nickguns25

    Thank You very much like it!
    good luck

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David W. MartinDavid W. Martin has more than 20 years of experience in the industry as a programmer, systems and business analyst, author, and consultant. David has written for CNET's iPhoneatlas.com, MacLife.com, CultofMac.com, BYTE.com and recently for aNewDoman.net. He comes to Cult of Mac's website with deep knowledge and passion for the all things Apple. Follow David on Twitter @david_w_martin or see what he's up to now at davidwmartin.com.

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