How to Delete (or Hide) Unwanted Apps from iCloud

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remove appThere is no doubt that iCloud is one of the main features of Apple devices nowadays, with iOS device users using iCloud to store their purchases, app data, music (using iTunes Match), device settings and more.

Yet there are times when we download a useless app or we realize we have many apps on our purchase history that we don’t need anymore and would like to completely erase them from iCloud.

So, is this possible?

Well, yes and no. But in order to better understand the answer, let’s take a closer look at how iCloud manages our purchased apps.

[Updated]: We updated the process to make it work with iOS 7.

iCloud: Behind the Scenes

Despite what most people think, iCloud does not actually “store” a user’s purchases. What it does is to keep a list of all of the apps that you have downloaded or purchased in the past for you to re-download them into iTunes or straight onto your device any time you want. To do so, iCloud displays this list of purchased apps and links each item to the corresponding actual app on the App Store.

What this means for you is that no matter how many apps you download or purchase, they don’t take up any space on your iCloud account. And for some reason, Apple won’t allow you to delete them from that list on iCloud.

Even so, if you would like to get rid of any apps on iCloud so they don’t show up on your purchase history, you can actually hide them, making them as good as gone.

Hiding Your Unwanted Apps On iCloud

Follow these steps to hide your unwanted apps from your iCloud purchase history.

Step 1: On your iPhone or iOS device, go to App Store > Updates > Purchased. There you will see your list of purchased apps. For this example, we will hide the Squarespace Note app.

App Store  Purchase History Before

Step 2: On your Mac or Windows PC, open iTunes and enter the iTunes Store. Once there, click on Purchased on the right of the window. This will take you to your purchase history.

iTunes Purchased

Step 3: Once there, click on Apps at the top of the window. A list of all you purchased and downloaded apps will appear. Hover your mouse pointer over the app you wish to hide and you will notice that an “X” appears at the top left corner of the app’s icon.

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iTunes App List

Step 4: Click on the “X” to hide the app. Your list of purchased apps will update and you will see that the app you just hid is not there anymore.

iTunes App List After

Step 5 [Updated]: On your iOS device (up until iOS 6), head again to App Store > Updates > Purchased. You will now notice that the app you hid is gone!

If you have iOS 7 though, you will notice that the hidden app still shows up on your Purchase History even if you close the app entirely. What you have to do in this case is to head to Settings > iTunes & App Store. There, tap on your Apple ID and Sign Out of it.

Head back to the App Store and you will notice that your purchase history is now empty. On that same screen tap on the Sign In button and log in again with your Apple ID. After that, all your hidden apps will not show anymore.

App Store  Purchase History After

Un-hiding Your Hidden App on iCloud

If for any reason you wish to put any app you hid back on your purchase history, follow these steps.

Step 6: On your Mac or Windows PC open iTunes and log into your account. Once there, scroll down and click on View Hidden Purchases.

iTunes Account

View Purchases

Step 7: Once on your Hidden Purchases screen, click on the Apps tab and you will see all your hidden apps there along with an Unhide button next to each of them. Click on that button to unhide any app. The app will show up once again on your iCloud Purchases on your iPhone or other iOS devices.

Unhidding App

Conclusion

There you have it. Now you know how to get rid of all those unwanted apps from your iCloud Purchase list. They might not be gone for good, but unless you bring them back, they should not take any more space on the screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch ever again.

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  • Yaser

    Thanks alot

  • luloloco

    thank uou so much!!!

  • Karrie

    Thanks – this was great help. Apps history now tidy & organised!

  • mohammed

    This doesn’t work anymore on iOS7 so my wife gets to see all of the dating apps I have once downloaded. Thanks a lot apple.

    • MarkHulkus

      Ya cheating goon! Good luck with the divorce :D

    • cthads

      I’ve found the solution mate…

      It appears to be a bug. Try logging out of your account on your phoneby tapping on your id in Settings > iTunes & App Stores and then log back in and hopefully they will not then show in the Purchased tab

      • MattPP

        SIgning out and back in again worked for me on iOS 7.0, thank you. Of course you first need to hide them via iTunes on your PC/Mac

    • Karen McCartney

      Hahahaa …. Thankfully for me, and my relationship, the advice in this article does in fact work on iOS7. Give it another try mohammed before the wifey kicks your cheating butt to the curb ;)

  • camel

    doesn’t work on iOS7

  • Makufayda

    No use i need to hide something for my kids its such a horrible thing apple did for ios7 … :(

  • S

    Hi, this doesn’t work anymore…..help!

  • Hawkeye

    Don’t you just hate these freaks at Apple that think they know best!

  • cthads

    any idea on how to do it on IOS7???

  • HiEyes

    Figured it out for iOS7 devices. Hide the unwanted apps in iTunes on your Mac or PC as described. Then go to your iOS7 device. Go to settings and iTunes & Apps Store. Click on your Apple ID, which will bring up a menu. Click on Sign Out. Leave settings and reopen App Store app on your iOS7 device. Go to your purchase history, which will now be blank. Click on Sign In and reenter your information. All the apps that were persistent although you hid them are now GONE! This worked for my iPhone and iPad.

    • http://www.guidingtech.com/ Alvaro Bernedo

      Thanks for the tip! I updated the post accordingly.

      • AP-Mech

        Unfortunately, it does not work for me (iOS 7.0.3). Tried several times without luck.

        • AP-Mech

          [UPDATE] It worked after I restarted my iPhone. Thanks for the article.

    • Mala Ka

      worked, thankyou so much for saving my marriage!!! now i can scan tinder all day without any guilt :)

  • Amanda

    THANK YOU. Most helpful article ever.

  • Isleander

    When hovering over the app icons in iTunes no “X” appears (on iMac with Mavericks). Instead, “clicking” the icon gives the option of deleting or hiding the app.

    However, not all the purchased apps appear, only the one currently downloaded.

    In effect, therefore, it is not possible to hide the purchased (but not downloaded) apps on iPad with iOS 7

  • http://www.guidingtech.com Abhijeet Mukherjee

    Approve.

  • Chella Michelle

    Please help me. I do not shyncronize my iphone iOS 6 with my mac, how access to my “Purchased” items? I’ve tried to open Appps tab from iTunes, but theres no app of uninstall purchased items. Please help. Thank you.

  • lolol

    Thank you so much!