How to Hide Purchased Apps on Mac: Keep Your Personal Items Secret

So, you want to keep some of your special purchases under the wraps—away from the eyes of your brother who has developed an endless passion for snooping into everything you own. Not a big deal! Just like iOS, macOS allows you to hide or unhide purchases in the Mac App Store.

Keep in mind; after you have hidden a purchased app on your Mac, you will no longer get update notifications for it. If you are using Family Sharing, it will be hidden from your family members as well. Anyway, you wish to keep some of your purchases concealed? Let me walk you through the quick steps!

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How to Hide Purchased Apps on Mac

Step #1. Launch App Store on your Mac.

Now, ensure that you are signed in. If you aren’t already, select Store → Sign In from the menu bar at the top of your computer screen and enter your Apple ID and password.

Step #2. Next, click on Purchased tab at the top.

Note: You may be asked to authenticate using your Apple ID password.

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Click on Purchases in Mac App StoreStep #3. Next up, you should see the list of all the apps you have purchased. Locate the app you wish to hide.

Then, right-click or control-click on the app and select Hide Purchase.

Right Click on The App You Want to Hide in Mac

Step #4. A confirmation message will appear, click Hide Purchase.

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Click Hide Purchase in Mac

That’s it! You have successfully concealed the app. It will no longer show up in your purchased list.

If you ever change your mind, you can bring it back without any hassle.

How to Unhide Purchased Items on Mac

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Step #1. Launch App Store on your Mac → click on Account.

Click on Account in Mac App Store

Step #2. Login with your Apple ID.

Sign Into Your App Store Account

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Step #3. Click on Manage under Hidden Items.

Click on Manage in App StoreStep #4. All the hidden items will be listed. Locate the one you want to unhide and then click on Unhide button. Click on Done to confirm.

Click on Unhide App in App Store

That’s all folks!

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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