Back in June, Apple kicked off its iCloud initiative by enabling users to download previously purchased apps. The feature allows users to redownload applications that they may have lost, without the need to sync up with a computer.

Although it’s convient, the feature can come back to bite you. Imagine that new lady friend of yours discovering that you’ve downloaded things like the Bathing Nudes Puzzle. Embarrassing right? Well lucky for you, there’s a way to prevent this…

iClarified spotlights an interesting tip that allows you to hide the previously downloaded apps that you don’t want anyone to see. You can actually hide and unhide the applications from within the App Store, and it’s super easy.

Step 1. Start up the App Store on your iDevice of choice (it should sync with the others).

Step 2. Tap the Update tab on the bottom toolbar, and select the Purchased tab at the top. You should now see a list of all of your previously download applications.

Step 3. Now pick out the apps that you wish to hide, and perform the swipe gesture on each title. Doing this should reveal a Hide button, and tapping it will make the application disappear.

What do you do if you want to make them reappear? Still in the App Store, select the Featured tab from the bottom toolbar. Scroll all the way to the bottom, tap on your Apple ID, and select View Account. Here you’ll find your hidden applications.

Any questions?

  • jamesandyori

    Awesome!!!!!!! Thanks!

    You know hands down idownloadblog is truly my favorite site for up to date info and news!

  • Erik

    Nice tip!! Might come in handy one day.

  • mike

    I 2nd both of jamesandyori’s comments.

  • BG

    Finally. Thank you!

  • Ff

    Anyway to del them permanently?

    • jamesandyori

      Good question!

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  • Hasan

    Finally , Thx a lot .

  • Parminder

    Thanx a lot Seb! You have saved me.

  • AMB

    Cody, I love you 🙂

  • fdxgncgfn

    thx a lot! My account got hacked back in December and someone downloaded a lot of bad stuff, finally I can show my friends the apps I purchased without showing them that stuff. Also, when iCloud came out, I emailed an iTunes representative about my problem, he said that it is not possible to remove stuff from your purchase history.

  • iJoke

    Awesome tip! U da man, Cody!!

  • cnegishi

    not that i downloaded anything to have to hide, but i wish i could just permanently delete some of the apps i just didn’t like and will never want again for the sake of being a minimalist, if that’s even possible on a device as dynamic as the iPhone. but, i’m trying. thanks for confirming that hiding it is all i can do!