How to Delete (or Hide) Unwanted Apps from iCloud

How to Delete (or Hide) Unwanted Apps from iCloud

How to Delete (or Hide) Unwanted Apps from iCloud

In order to store their purchases, app data, music (using iTunes Match), device settings, and more, users rely on iCloud. However, there are times when we download useless apps or realize that we have unnecessary apps on our purchase history and want to completely erase them from iCloud. Is this possible? Well, the answer is both yes and no. To gain a better understanding, let’s delve into how iCloud manages our purchased apps. [Updated]: The process has been updated to work with iOS 7.

iCloud: Behind the Scenes

Despite popular belief, iCloud does not “store” user purchases. Instead, it maintains a list of downloaded or purchased apps for users to re-download on iTunes or their device at any time. iCloud conveniently displays this list of purchased apps and provides links to the corresponding app on the App Store.

This means that regardless of the number of apps obtained, they do not consume any space on the iCloud account. Surprisingly, Apple does not allow users to delete apps from this list on iCloud.

Nevertheless, if you wish to remove any apps from iCloud to prevent them from appearing on your purchase history, you can simply hide them, effectively making them disappear.

Hiding Your Unwanted Apps On iCloud

To hide unwanted apps from your iCloud purchase history, follow these steps:

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1. Open the App Store on your iPhone or iOS device.

2. Go to the Updates tab and tap on Purchased.

3. You will find a list of your purchased apps.

4. Locate the app you want to hide, such as Squarespace Note, and select it.

5. Once you’ve selected the app, tap on the Hide button.

6. Confirm your action when prompted.

7. The app will now be hidden from your purchased history.

By following these steps, you can easily and effectively remove unwanted apps from your iCloud purchase history.

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Step 2: Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC and go to the iTunes Store. Click on Purchased to access your purchase history.

How to Delete (or Hide) Unwanted Apps from iCloud

Step 3: Click on Apps at the top. A list of your purchased and downloaded apps will appear. Hover over the app you want to hide, and you’ll see an “X” at the top left corner of the app’s icon.

How to Delete (or Hide) Unwanted Apps from iCloud

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 hid is not there anymore.

How to Delete (or Hide) Unwanted Apps from iCloud

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

If you have iOS 7 though, the hidden app still shows up on your Purchase History even if you close the app entirely. In this case, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. There, tap on your Apple ID and Sign Out.

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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, your hidden apps will not show anymore.

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Un-hiding Your Hidden App on iCloud

To put any hidden app back on your purchase history, follow these steps:

1. On your Mac or Windows PC, open iTunes and log into your account.

2. Scroll down and click on “View Hidden Purchases.”

3. On the “Hidden Purchases” screen, go to the “Apps” tab.

4. You will see all your hidden apps there, each with an “Unhide” button next to it.

5. Click on the “Unhide” button to restore any app.

6. The app will reappear in your iCloud Purchases on your iPhone or other iOS devices.

How to Delete (or Hide) Unwanted Apps from iCloud

Conclusion

Now you know how to remove unwanted apps from your iCloud Purchase list. They may not be permanently gone, but if you don’t bring them back, they won’t occupy any more space on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

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