How To Clear Hidden Purchases On iPhone?

Alex Ortiz
By Alex Ortiz 13 Min Read
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Hey there! So, you’ve got an iPhone, right? We all know one of the coolest things about iPhones is how safe and private they are. But, did you know there’s this tiny thing that’s not-so-private? Yep, it’s the apps you’ve bought.

Every time you buy an app, it gets saved in your iPhone’s memory, kinda like a diary entry. And this isn’t just on your phone—it’s on any iPhone that uses the same Apple ID as yours. So, if you’ve ever wanted to surprise someone with a secret app gift or if you just don’t want your brother snooping on your game choices, this might be a bit of a bummer.

Well, yes and no. You can hide them, but they’re still there, lurking in the shadows of your Apple ID. Imagine it like putting your toys in a closet. You can’t see them, but you know they’re there!

If you’re thinking, “Okay, what can I do about it?”, I’ve got a cool trick for you! You can start fresh with a new Apple ID. It’s like moving to a new house with no history. And don’t worry, it’s pretty easy. Stick with me, and I’ll show you just how to do it. Ready to dive in? Let’s go! 🚀

How to Delete Hidden Purchases on iPhone?

so you’re trying to get rid of those hidden app purchases from your iPhone? Well, it’s a bummer, but you can’t actually erase them like you’d erase a doodle from paper. But, hey, there’s a nifty little workaround I’ll share with you!

Big Idea: New Apple ID, Fresh Start! 🌱

The basic trick here? Getting a brand new Apple ID. It’s like moving to a new neighborhood and leaving all your past behind.

Step-by-Step Guide: New ID, Who This?

Step 1: Bye Bye, Old Apple ID! 🙋‍♂️

  1. Open the App Store – Find the cute blue icon on your phone’s home screen and give it a tap.
  2. Look down! See that ‘Apps’ button at the bottom? Click on that.
  3. Now, look up! Right at the top-right corner, you’ll see your Apple ID profile picture or icon. Go ahead and tap that.
  4. A new screen will pop up. It’s kinda like the “About Me” of your Apple ID. Scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll find a “Sign Out” button. It’s like the exit door. Tap it!

🚫Super Important Note: Don’t freak out! Signing out won’t make other stuff on your phone vanish. Your pics, contacts, and other cool stuff will stay safe and sound. Only the App Store will forget you (for now).

Step 2: Hello, New Apple ID! 🎉

After saying goodbye to your old Apple ID, it’s time to welcome your new one. Got a new Apple ID ready? Great! If not, don’t sweat it; I’ll guide you through creating a shiny new one.

Step 3: Crafting Your Brand New Apple ID

You might be wondering, “How do I make a new Apple ID?” Well, you’ve got choices! You can use the App Store, a browser on your iPhone, or even a computer. For now, let’s do it using Safari on your iPhone (or any browser you prefer).

🌐 Follow Along with Me Here!

  1. First things first: Make sure you’re online. Wi-Fi, mobile data, anything works.
  2. Pop open Safari (or your browser) and head over to:
  3. You’ll see a form. It’s like filling out a form for a club membership, but this is the Apple club! 🍏
    • Fill in your First and Last Name.
    • Choose your Country/Region.
    • Type in a new email address. This should be one you can easily access, as you’ll need it in a bit.
    • Create a strong password (not “password123” okay? 😂).
    • Fill in your phone number.
  4. All done? Hit that “Continue” button.
  5. Now, hop over to your email’s inbox. Apple sent you a message with a 6-digit code. Type it in to prove it’s really you.
  6. They might also send a 6-digit code to your phone. Same drill, type that in.
  7. Voilà! You’ve got a brand spanking new Apple ID!

Step 4: Hidden Purchases Removed Successfully

Alright, champ! You’ve made it this far, and now it’s time to make sure those pesky hidden purchases are really gone. Let’s dive in and double-check!

Let’s Play Detective:

  1. Head over to the App Store and spot your new Apple ID icon (top right corner). Give it a tap!
  2. You’ll see some options like Account ID, Purchased, cool recommendations, and a sign-out button.
  3. Ready to dive in? Tap on your account ID. It’s gonna ask you for your new Apple ID password – it’s just making sure it’s really you.
  4. After you’re in, you can explore all about your account. There’s info about payments, subscriptions, and your purchase history.
  5. Scroll a bit until you spot the “Hidden Purchases” tab. Tap it and, drum roll… you should see the message, “You do not have any purchased apps available to download.” If you do, give yourself a high-five! 🖐️

📝 Just a Quick Note: Remember, any app you download and then hide with your new ID will still stick around in the background. To truly make it disappear, you’d need to do this whole process over again with a new Apple ID. So, think twice before you hit that download button, okay?

How To Hide A Purchased App On iPhone?

You know, sometimes you might buy an app and later think, “Hmm, maybe I don’t want everyone to see this.” Maybe it’s a game you’re a little embarrassed about (hey, no judgment!) or just an app you’d prefer to keep on the down-low. Here’s how you can hide it:

Hide That App in a Jiffy:

  1. First, tap open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Spot your Apple ID picture or icon on the top right? Click it!
  3. Look for Purchased under your ID account. It’s kinda like your digital shopping bag, showing all the apps you’ve ever gotten.
  4. Now, here’s the fun part. To hide an app, just swipe left on it. Yep, it’s that simple! Your app now goes into stealth mode and sits in the hidden purchases.

Declutter Time: Getting Rid of Those Hidden Apps 🗑️

Now, what if you’ve got some apps you don’t want anymore? Whether they’re in plain sight or hiding, here’s what you can do:

A. Just Want to Unhide?

If you’re not looking to say goodbye forever, just head to your App Library. Find the app you want, press and hold, and choose “Add to Home Screen.” There you go, back in plain sight!

B. Say Goodbye for Good:

If you’re thinking, “Nah, I really don’t need this app,” I’ve got you covered on how to delete it. Stick around, and I’ll walk you through! 😉

How To Delete Hidden Apps On iPhone?

Got some hidden apps playing hide-and-seek on your iPhone? Maybe you’re running out of space, or you’re just in the mood for a digital spring cleaning. Whatever your reason, let’s get those apps outta there!

Delete Hidden Apps From The Settings

Wondering how? Follow me:

Step-by-Step: Declutter from Settings 🛠️

  1. First, find and tap the Settings icon on your phone screen. It’s the one that looks like gears turning.
  2. Once you’re in, tap on General. This is where you’ll find all the behind-the-scenes stuff about your iPhone.
  3. Next, spot iPhone Storage? Tap that. Now, be a little patient. Your iPhone’s going to show you every app you have, so it might take a sec to load.
  4. Skim through the list and find the app you want to give the boot. When you spot it, tap on its icon.
  5. A new menu will pop up. See the ‘Delete App’ option? Give that a tap.
  6. A little message will pop up, asking if you’re sure. If you’re ready to part ways, tap ‘Yes’. And just like that, the app is gone!

Okay, let’s talk about Spotlight Search. It’s like the magnifying glass of your iPhone – it helps you find pretty much anything! And yes, that includes those hidden apps. Here’s how to use it to delete them:

Step-by-Step: Find & Delete with Spotlight Search 🔍

  1. Start on your Home Screen. Swipe down a bit, and voila, there’s the Spotlight Search.
  2. Now, think of that sneaky hidden app. Got its name? Type it into the search box.
  3. The app will pop up in the search results. Hold down on its icon for a couple of seconds.
  4. A menu will pop up. Tap ‘Delete App’.
  5. Your iPhone will double-check if you really want to delete it. Tap Delete again, and it’s gone!

Delete Hidden Apps From the App Library

The App Library is like the big bookshelf of your iPhone – it’s got every app you’ve ever downloaded, even if they’re not on your Home Screen. Want to get rid of hidden apps from there? Let’s dive in:

Step-by-Step: Decluttering the App Library 🧽

  1. Go to your Home Screen. Now, swipe left until you can’t swipe anymore. Welcome to the App Library!
  2. Look through the categories, and find that hidden app you want to delete.
  3. Got it? Hold down on its icon for a few seconds.
  4. Like before, a menu will pop up. Tap ‘Delete App’.
  5. Your iPhone will ask if you’re sure. Tap Delete, and poof, the app is history!

Nice work! Your iPhone is getting neater by the minute. Keep it up, and soon, it’ll be as organized as a brand-new phone. 🌟📱


Alright, my friend, here’s the lowdown: While it might feel like those hidden purchases are like stubborn stickers that won’t peel off, there’s a way around it. Just think of it as switching to a brand-new digital identity with a fresh Apple ID!

Remember our journey together:

  1. Say goodbye to your old Apple ID that’s holding onto those sneaky hidden purchases.
  2. Create a new Apple ID – it’s like getting a fresh start!
  3. Sign in with your shiny new ID and poof! No more hidden purchases in the App Store.

And if it’s hidden apps you’re looking to boot out, you’ve got a trio of tools at your disposal: your phone’s Settings, the handy Spotlight Search, and the all-encompassing App Library.

No matter which path you choose, you’re taking charge of your iPhone’s privacy and organization. Great job, and remember, anytime you’re stuck or need some advice, I’m just a message away! Here’s to a clutter-free iPhone and peace of mind! 🎉📱✨

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find and clear hidden purchases on my iPhone?

To clear hidden purchases on iPhone, go to the App Store app, tap on your profile picture, then tap on your Apple ID. Next, tap on "Purchase History" and select "Hidden Purchases". You can then swipe left on each hidden item and tap "Unhide" to clear them.

Why are there hidden purchases on my iPhone?

Hidden purchases on your iPhone may occur if you accidentally hide an app or content, or if someone with access to your device hides purchases without your knowledge. It can also happen when you hide an item to free up space on your home screen but still keep it installed on your device.

Will clearing hidden purchases delete the apps or content?

No, clearing hidden purchases will not delete the apps or content from your iPhone. It simply removes the item from the list of hidden purchases in your account, making it visible again in the App Store or other relevant sections.

Can I unhide specific items without clearing all hidden purchases?

Yes, you can unhide specific items without clearing all hidden purchases on your iPhone. After accessing the "Hidden Purchases" section, swipe left on the specific item you want to unhide and tap "Unhide".

How do I prevent accidental hiding of purchases on my iPhone?

To prevent accidental hiding of purchases on your iPhone, you can enable "Offload Unused Apps" in your device's settings. This option will automatically remove unused apps while keeping their data intact, minimizing the need to hide apps for space.

Can I hide purchases from other Apple devices connected to my Apple ID?

Yes, hiding purchases from any Apple device connected to your Apple ID will hide them across all devices. Keep in mind that unhiding a purchase on one device will unhide it on all connected devices as well.

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