How to Hide Purchased Apps on iPhone and iPad

iOS ensures you have desired control over your purchased apps. Case in point, you can hide or unhide purchased apps on your iPhone and iPad. Wish to keep some of your wildcards concealed? Let me walk you through the steps!

iOS offers you complete freedom to hide or unhide your purchased app on your iPhone or iPad. If you wish to keep the privacy of the apps you have bought, you should take advantage of this cool hack.

One thing worth noting is that if you are part of a Family Sharing and hide a purchased app that you subscribed to the Family Organizer will continue to get alerts about charges whenever the subscription renews. To be more precise, hiding an app doesn’t terminate the subscription.

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Before we move ahead, you need to check out following things are in place:

  • Ensure you have “Setup Family Sharing” on your iPhone/iPad.
  • You won’t be able to see Hide button in purchased tab if Family Sharing is disabled.
  • Any app, paid or free in the Purchased list, disappears temporarily.
  • You can see the hidden apps on your iPhone/iPad.

How to Hide Purchased Apps on iPhone and iPad

Note: After you have hidden app on your iOS device, it will no longer appear as previously downloaded on any of your devices that are synced with the same Apple ID. Besides, it won’t be deleted from any device where it’s already downloaded.

Step #1. Launch App Store on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, tap on your profile at the top right corner.

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Tap on Your Profile Icon in App Store on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Next, tap on Purchased.

Tap on Purchased in App Store on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Tap on My Purchases.

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Tap on My Purchases in App Store on iPhone or iPad

Step #5. Next up, check out All or Not on this iPhone/iPad tabs at the top.

Check Out Purchased Apps on iPhone or iPad

If the app you want to hide isn’t available on this device, select Not on this iPhone/iPad. And just in case, you wish to scroll through the entire list of purchased apps, go for All (by default, it’s selected).

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Step #6. Up next, find the app/s you want to hide. Then, swipe from the right to left on an app to reveal Hide option and tap on it.

Hide Purchased Apps on iPhone or iPad

That’s it! You can keep as many apps under the wrap as you want.

How to Unhide iPhone and iPad Purchased Apps

Unfortunately, you can’t unhide app/s straight from your iDevice. However, you can always do it using iTunes (Either on Mac or Windows PC.)

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Step #1. Open iTunes and Click on Account Tab from the top Menu → Click on View My Account.

Click on View My Account in iTunes on Mac or Windows PC

Step #2. Enter your Apple ID and Password.

Sign into iTunes on Mac or Windows PC

Step #3. Click on Manage under iTunes in iCloud.

Click on Manage Under iTunes in iCloud

Step #4. Click on Apps Tab.

Click on Apps Tab in iTunes on Mac or Windows PC

Step #5. Click on Unhide on the App.

Unhide iPhone or iPad Purchases using iTunes

If you wish to show all the apps; click on Unhide All from the bottom right corner.

Unhide All iPhone and iPad Purchased Apps using iTunes on Mac or Windows PC

How to Re-download Hidden iOS Apps on iPhone and iPad

No longer want to keep your purchased iOS apps hidden? Well, you can easily remove the cover from them.

Step #1. Open App Store app on your iOS device and make sure Today tab selected at the bottom.

Step #2. Now, tap on your profile at the upper right corner.

Tap on Today Tab and Tap on Your Profile in App Store on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Next, tap on your Apple ID.

Tap on Your Apple ID in App Store on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Next up, you have to enter your Apple ID password to authenticate. Up next, tap on Hidden Purchases.

Tap on Hidden Purchases in App Store on iPhone or iPad

Step #5. Finally, you need to find the app you wish to re-download and then tap on the cloud button. Make sure to check both, All and Not on This iPhone Tabs at the top.

How to Redownload Hidden iOS Apps on iPhone and iPad

Note: Like mentioned above, you have the option to view only the apps.

Watch out how to hide your App Store purchases on your iPhone or iPad:

That’s pretty much it! The app will start downloading on your iOS device.

Wrapping up

So, now you know how to conceal some of your special purchases. Share your thoughts in the comments down below.

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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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