How to Clear App Store History
This is a guide on how to delete your App Store history on your iPhone, iPad or computer 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 in the Purchased list and won’t be available to view for family members who are sharing your account’s purchases.
Table of Contents
- Delete App Store history your iPhone or iPad
- Delete App Store history on your computer
- Restoring your App Store history
Delete App Store history & hide purchases your iPhone or iPad
Hiding purchases directly on your iPhone or iPad is the easiest way to delete your App Store history.
Just open the App Store and open your account by tapping on your profile picture in the upper right.
Then tap on Purchased. There you will see a list of all your puchases. To hide one of them simply tap on the icon andswipe to the left. After doing so the button Hide appears on the right. Tap once and the purchase is hidden.
Delete App Store history & hide purchases on your computer
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.
Open the App Store on your iPhone and tap on your profile with your Apple ID and sign into to your account. Now scroll down to Hidden Purchases and tap on the purchase you want out of hiding.
With iOS 11 you can also create App Store Wishlists! We explain how it’s done.
Restoring your App Store history on your Computer
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.
Tip: If you are unhappy with you App Store purchase you can get a refund. This article explains how to get a refund for iTunes or App Store purchases.