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


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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  1. Yaser says:

    Thanks alot

  2. luloloco says:

    thank uou so much!!!

  3. Karrie says:

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

  4. mohammed says:

    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 says:

      Ya cheating goon! Good luck with the divorce 😀

    • cthads says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

      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 😉

  5. camel says:

    doesn’t work on iOS7

  6. Makufayda says:

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

  7. S says:

    Hi, this doesn’t work anymore…!

  8. Hawkeye says:

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

  9. cthads says:

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

  10. HiEyes says:

    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.

  11. Amanda says:

    THANK YOU. Most helpful article ever.

  12. Isleander says:

    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

  13. Emily says:

    My whole family uses the same iTunes account, and one of my idiot friends pranked me by downloading a bunch of gay dating and porn apps and now if my family sees… Ugh. I just want to get rid of all of them.

  14. Approve.

  15. Chella Michelle says:

    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.

  16. lolol says:

    Thank you so much!

  17. iratewithipad says:

    On your PC sync your ipad with iTunes. Leave your ipad plugged into your computer. Then top right on the computer screen go into iTunes store, Library, and from the drop down menu select Apps. Then top left go into Edit, Select All, Delete and they all disappear. Go back to the ipad, Settings, iTunes & App Store, and sign out. Then sign back in again and all of the apps disappear on your ipad as well. I have iOS7 on my ipad Air and have just done this so I know it works.

  18. Brett says:

    My parents are super nosy, so they check my history and stuff. Well, I lent my iPod out to a friend and she downloaded a whole load of crap. Depression check apps, sexual positions apps, dating apps… ugh. Same problem here.

  19. Atlsshruggd says:

    You’re not “getting rid” of anything if you are just hiding it.

  20. ahmed turky says:

    good (Y)

  21. Don't Matter says:

    Just a note. Although you can’t delete the history completely you can hide it. I just tried it on my iTunes and this worked.

    do like the article says, but don’t panic when you don’t see the little “x” in the upper left of the app. it’s there, just mouse over and click and watch it disappear

    • KukuBanana says:

      mothaf.. they hide it. I figured this too. Just deleted all the purchases and re-logged in on my iphone and boom all the purchase history is gone, yeaah, so irritating

    • Wendy Miller says:

      Thank you so much, I was about ready to toss my macbook out the damn window.

  22. KM says:

    I have found this to work on an Iphone 4 with IOS 7.0.3 and iTunes On computer, open iTunes, click Purchased from the right hand menu, click All from top menu if needed. Click on the top left corner of the app icon. iTunes will ask if you would like to Delete, choose yes. Repeat for remaining apps. On phone, Open Settings, go to iTunes & App Store, click on your Apple ID, and click Sign Out. Power off phone. After a minute, turn phone back on. Open App Store, click Updates, click Purchased, Sign In with your Apple ID. Apps should be gone. Deleted, not just hidden. If you need the app, you’ll have to download it again from the store.

  23. binam messar says:

    it does not work in iOS 8 or OS X yosemite. what the hell apple……