How to Hide and Unhide Apps on Apple Devices

Whenever you need to hide an app in the App Store to prevent it from being redownloaded on iOS or macOS devices, you can do that via iTunes. And if necessary, all hidden applications are fairly easy to bring back into place.

Once you hide an application on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, it becomes invisible in App Store on every device connected to the same Apple ID. Already downloaded app will not be removed from the gadget, but you will not receive any update notifications.

To make this process easier for you, we have prepared a step-by-step guide to hiding applications on iOS and macOS devices.

Hiding Apps for iOS

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    Open the App Store; in the lower part of the screen, select Today.

  • Click on your picture in the upper right corner (if you haven’t set up a photo, there will be a circle with a blue silhouette of a person on a white background), then choose Purchases.
  • Find an app you want to be hidden, swipe it to the left and tap Hide.

If you have set up Family Sharing for the app that you’re hiding, the Family Organizer will keep receiving notifications each time the subscription is renewed. Hiding the app does not cancel the subscription and due payments.

Display hidden apps on iOS

  • Launch the iTunes app on your computer. Check if you logged into your Apple account.
  • On the menu bar of the computer screen or iTunes window, select Account → View My Account.
  • Verify your Apple ID and press View Account.
  • Once you get to the Account Information page, find the Cloud section there and go to the iTunes. Click Manage to the right of the Hidden purchases option.
  • In the top window field, select Apps.
  • Find the purchase you want to display, then click Unhide below it.

Applications for Mac

It’s worth knowing that Mac apps can be hidden and re-displayed in the App Store on your Apple computer.

Hiding apps on a Mac

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  • Launch the App Store on your Mac.
  • Select Store. Login from the menu bar at the top of the computer screen, type in your Apple ID and password.
  • Click Purchases at the top of the App Store window.
  • Find the program you want to hide, and right-click on it, or press and hold the Control key and select Hide Purchase.
  • In the window that will pop up, press Hide purchase to confirm the action.

After that, the app will disappear from the Purchases list.

Displaying programs on a Mac

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  • Launch the App Store on your Mac.
  • In the menu at the top of the screen, select Store → View My Account. Authenticate your Apple ID if necessary.
  • Scroll down the Account Information page to the list of hidden products.
  • Press Manage to the right of the Hidden purchases option.
  • Find the application you want to display.
  • Click Show → Done.

After that, you will automatically return to the Purchases page where you will see that the app is on the list.

It is important to remember!

Even if you have hidden an app, it does not cancel the subscription and payments.

Hiding a purchase does not remove the record of the product purchase.