How to view your download history in the App Store

how to view app store download history

Can’t remember the name of that app you downloaded a month ago and then accidentally deleted? You can find it again by checking your App Store history where all your downloaded apps, free or paid, are logged. In this post, we will show you how you can find out your app download history on your iPhone or iPad.

How can I see my App Store download history?

You can access your app download history in two ways. Being a shortcut, the first way is definitely the fastest. The second way is more cumbersome, but I believe each user should know where to locate that information.

Shortcut to access your app download history

If you have a compatible device, use 3D Touch by pressing firmly on the App Store app icon on your Home screen. You will get three shortcuts, one of them being the Purchased tab. Tap on it to select it, and get direct access to your list of previously downloaded apps.

app store download history shortcut

The other way to access your app download history

1) Open up the App Store app.

2) Tap on any tab at the bottom.

3) Locate your Account photo at the top, and tap on it.

app store download history in your account

4) Tap on the Purchased tab. Note that this tab is slightly misleading because it contains both the apps you purchased and those you downloaded for free. A better name for this tab would be Downloaded, but I digress.

5) You will see a list of all apps you have downloaded, from the most recent to the oldest one.

view purchased apps in app store download history

There are two tabs at the top that allow you to narrow down your search: All, which lists all apps downloaded, and Not on this iPhone, which as the name suggests, only lists downloaded apps that aren’t installed on this device yet.

Finally, you can use the Search field should you want to type in the name, or parts of the name of the app your are looking for.

Can I download all my previously purchased apps?

Now that you know how to find out your app purchase history, you’ll probably want to download some of your old-time favorites. While Apple lets you download most apps again, just know that some of them aren’t eligible for redownload.

For instance, applications that haven’t been updated with support for more recent 64-bit devices won’t be downloadable. They will show in your history with a note from Apple saying that “the developer of this app needs to update it to work with iOS 11.”

Additionally, apps that have been pulled from the App Store by Apple won’t even appear in your purchase history to begin with. Apps that have been pulled from the App Store by their developer will still appear but won’t be available for download.