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How to Delete App Store History

This is a guide on how to delete your App Store history or selectively hide purchases you would like to keep private. Especially when using family sharing, users may want to keep some app purchases to themselves or simply hide unneeded old purchases from their history. Hidden apps will not be displayed on the Purchased screen of the iTunes App Store and won’t be available to view for family members who are sharing your account’s purchases.

How to delete App Store history & hide purchases

Open up the iTunes application on a Mac or PC and click the Apps icon in the top icon bar.

Now select the App Store category from the part of the menu that sits right next to it.

In the sidebar on the right hand side of the window, select Purchased to go to your list of iOS app purchases. You can click All to view app apps you have ever purchased using this Apple ID. Either search for the title of the app or simply go through the list that is being shown to locate the right entry.

Hover your cursor over the app that you would like to hide from your history. Then click the little X symbol at the top left corner to hide it.

Don’t worry, it won’t be uninstalled from your device. For some reason Apple chose to design this feature visually similar to the uninstall overlay on iOS. The app will then be hidden without further confirmation.

Restoring your App Store history

The above changes are not irreversible, we can always restore the hidden parts of the history. Select your account icon from the button bar in iTunes on a Mac or PC, then go to Account Info.

From the iTunes in the Cloud section, select Manage for the Hidden Purchases option. From there, we can restore any hidden app.

Pick the apps which you had hidden in the prior steps, then simply click Unhide for the entries in question. The app will then be moved back into your purchase history.

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