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.
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.
Step #3. Next, tap on Purchased.
Step #4. Tap on My Purchases.
Step #5. Next up, check out All or Not on this iPhone/iPad tabs at the top.
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).
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.
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.)
Step #1. Open iTunes and Click on Account Tab from the top Menu → Click on View My Account.
Step #2. Enter your Apple ID and Password.
Step #3. Click on Manage under iTunes in iCloud.
Step #4. Click on Apps Tab.
Step #5. Click on Unhide on the App.
If you wish to show all the apps; click on Unhide All from the bottom right corner.
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.
Step #3. Next, tap on your Apple ID.
Step #4. Next up, you have to enter your Apple ID password to authenticate. Up next, tap on Hidden Purchases.
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.
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.
So, now you know how to conceal some of your special purchases. Share your thoughts in the comments down below.
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