iPhones have become synonymous with powerhouse devices as they are capable of many things. One of them is using any apps you want.
You get apps for anything on the App Store – from plant identifiers to video editors. In short, there is an app for anything.
You can search the App Store and select the ‘Get’ button to download the app. Uninstalling is easy – long press on an app > choose ‘Remove app’> ‘Delete the app.’
But what’s messy is managing the apps you purchased in the past and showing them in the search history with the cloud download symbol.
If, for some reason, you don’t want to have a history of certain apps you downloaded, I will guide you on how to delete Purchase History on your iPhone, but there are some steps involved. Meanwhile, I’ll also tell you how to unhide these “purchases” to avoid any confusion in the future.
How to Delete Purchase History on iPhone
Follow the steps below to hide the apps you downloaded on your iPhone –
Step 1: Launch the App Store on your iPhone and tap on your profile photo.
Step 2: Select ‘Purchased.’
Step 3: You’ll see a list of all the apps (free and paid) that you have downloaded. If you want to hide an app installed on your iPhone, be in the ‘All’ section.
Step 4: Swipe right on the app whose purchase history you want to hide. You’ll see the ‘Hide’ button. Tap on it. The app installed on your iPhone won’t be deleted, but you will still ‘Open’ beside the app’s name.
Step 5: If you want to hide an app not installed on your iPhone, click on the ‘Not on this iPhone’ section. Swipe right on the app and click on the ‘Hide’ button.
Step 6: The app won’t appear as already downloaded. Instead, you’ll see the ‘Get’ button.
How to view the Complete List of apps that are hidden in your Purchase History
These steps will take you deep into settings if you want to view all the purchases you have hidden:
Step 1: Open the Settings app and click on your Apple ID name.
Step 2: Click on ‘Media & Purchases.’
Step 3: Select ‘View Account.’ You’ll require to authenticate with a password, Touch ID, or Face ID to enter this section.
Step 4: Once inside, look for ‘Hidden Purchases’at the bottom and click on it.
Step 5: Here, you will see the list of apps and other purchases done from your account that are hidden. You can unhide these purchases.
How to find the history of downloaded apps on the iPhone?
All the applications you downloaded/purchased from App Store will be backed up to your Apple account. You can easily access the history of all the apps in the App Store. Follow the steps above.
What happens when you hide an app purchase history on your iPhone?
When you choose to hide an app on your iPhone, it will no longer appear in the purchase list in the App Store. In short, when you search won’t do that, it won’t come with the cloud symbol; you’ll see the ‘Get’ option. Moreover, these hidden apps can be downloaded as they won’t be deleted from your iPhone.
How to unhide the app from purchase history on iPhone?
Follow the steps in the first segment to unhide the app from the purchase history.
This is how you can delete the purchase history of apps on your iPhone, and deleting them doesn’t involve complex steps.
Moreover, the purchase history is for your records; if you don’t want someone to see them, it’s all within your right to hide apps.
When you delete an app on your iPhone or even the iPad, you can choose to hide or clear your app purchase history without hassle.