How to hide purchased apps on iPhone, iPod touch & iPad

4 November, 2011 - Killian Bell
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We’ve all downloaded apps from the App Store that we might not want others to know about – the official X Factor application, for instance. Previously it wasn’t a problem, because once you’d deleted the app from your device you’d deleted any evidence of its installation. These days, however, anyone can look at the list of apps we’ve purchased from the App Store since its inception thanks to the new ‘Purchased’ section.

In the Purchased section of the App Store, you can find apps you’ve previously downloaded and install them again completely free of charge. It’s great if you accidentally delete an app you were fond of. It’s not great, however, if you’ve downloaded a few apps that could cause embarrassment. Thankfully, there is a way to hide specific previous purchases.

First, load up the App Store app on any one of your iOS devices. On the iPhone & iPod touch you will need to tap on the ‘Updates’ tab at the bottom, and then navigate to the ‘Purchased’ section at the top of the screen:

iPod purchased section

On the iPad you can simply tap on the ‘Purchased’ tab at the bottom of the screen.

You can then scroll through the list of your previous purchases to find the apps that you would like to hide. Once you’ve found one, simply swipe your finger across it as if you were deleting a text message or email, and a ‘Hide’ button will appear. Tap this to delete the selected app from your Purchased list:

Hide App

If you hide an app accidentally and you’d like to reverse it, simply go to the ‘Featured’ section of the App Store and scroll to the bottom where you’ll find your email address. Tap on your address to enter your account options, and select ‘View Apple ID’ – from here you can unhide applications that you deleted from your Purchased list:

Hidden Purchases

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About the author

Killian Bell is a freelance journalist based in Worcestershire UK. In addition to writing about all things Apple, he's one of the co-founders of the football site TitleTalk. You can follow him on and Twitter.
  • Nilacceber

    App Store App crashes every time I do this.

    • Macsessed

      Thanks for the comment Nilacceber, I’ve also experienced crashing when hiding apps. Have you tried rebooting your device?

      Paul

  • Jacob Sweis

    How do I unhide apps

    • Macsessed

      Hi Jacob, as above – App Store > Featured > Apple ID > View Apple ID > Hidden Purchases

      Paul

  • Michele Frueh

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I searched 2 different iPad books for this info and found neither one even mentioned hidden apps; much less how to unhide them. Of course I managed to delete my apps by accident, then couldn’t figure out how to undo it.

  • Honey

    I cannot see the Hidden Purchases option. Do help.