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How To Hide Purchases on iPhone

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Not every purchase is meant to be seen by everyone. Sometimes, it’s better to remain discrete. Thankfully, Apple’s focus on privacy and security allows us to hide purchases on an iPhone easily.

Quick Answer

Here’s how you can hide purchases on an iPhone.

1. Head to the App Store.
2. Tap on your account’s profile picture.
3. Head to “Purchased”.
4. Swipe from right to left and tap on “Hide”.

We’re going to go over exactly how you can hide your purchases on an iPhone and how you can completely hide an application from its purchases, its presence on the home screen, and remove it from search.

What Happens When You Hide a Purchase on iPhone?

Hiding a purchase only ensures that an application won’t be available in your purchase list in the App Store. It does not remove the application from your home screen, nor is it removed from your purchase history.

The purchase is also hidden in Family Sharing. So, if you have family members added to your account, hiding a purchase ensures that they are removed from the “Shared Purchases” tab, which means that they cannot be re-downloaded.

How To Hide a Purchase on iPhone

Now that we have an idea of what hiding a purchase on an iPhone does, here’s how you can do so.

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your profile picture.
  3. Head to “Purchased” or “My Purchases”.
  4. Scroll to the application you wish to remove and swipe horizontally from right to left.
  5. Tap on “Hide”.
  6. You’ll now be prompted whether you wish to hide the purchase; tap on “Done”.
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How To Unhide a Purchase on iPhone

If you’ve hidden a purchase and deleted it, you’ll need to unhide it and re-download it to open the application again. Here’s how you can unhide a purchase on an iPhone.

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your profile picture.
  3. Head to “Hidden Purchases”.
  4. Tap on the application you want to “Unhide”.
  5. Head back to “Purchased” or “My Purchases”.
  6. Scroll to the application and tap on the iCloud download button.

The application will now download, and you’ll be able to open it as soon as it does. 

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How To Hide an Application on iPhone

If you want to completely remove the trace of a particular application, hiding it from “Purchases” ensures it can’t be re-downloaded. But the application will still be present on your home screen. You’ll also need to hide the application from your home screen to ensure that isn’t the case. Here’s how.

  1. Head to your home screen.
  2. Tap on the application you wish to edit and tap “Edit home screen”.
  3. Drag the application to the other to create a folder.
  4. Drag the application you wish to hide to the second page of the folder.

Alternatively, you can try the method below.

You can also use the App Library and remove an application from your home screen. Here’s how you can hide an application after hiding its purchase from an iPhone.

  1. Head to your home screen.
  2. Long press on the application you wish to edit.
  3. Tap on “Remove App”.
  4. Tap on “Remove From Screen”.
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Keep in Mind

Your application will still be visible in the App Library, no matter your chosen method. But, it remains hidden enough for it not to be visible.

Removing an Application From Spotlight Search

After you’ve hidden an application’s purchases on your iPhone and have hidden it from your home screen, you can also remove it from your Spotlight Search and turn off its notifications to get an extra level of security.

Here’s how you can do just that.

  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
  2. Head to “Siri & Search”.
  3. Scroll down to the application and tap on “Show App In Search”.
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To disable an application’s notifications, here’s how.

  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on “Notifications”.
  3. Scroll down to the application and tap on “Allow Notifications”.
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Conclusion

After hiding the purchase on your iPhone, subsequently hiding it from your Home Screen and App Library, and then removing it from Search and Notifications, you will successfully remove all traces of the existing application.

The only way you’ll be able to access the application is by opening the folder, scrolling to the second page of the folder, and tapping on the app.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I hide apps from my purchase history?

No, you cannot hide an application from your purchase history. You can, however, remove your purchases from the “Purchased” section in the App Store instead.

Does iPhone have a Secret Mode?

No, there is no Secret Mode on iPhone. You can, however, turn on Private Browsing in Safari, which does not keep a history.

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