I realize there is a lot behind the app purchase history, but hiding it from our Purchased list does not mean it has to be wiped from the Apple accounting system. We would like the ability to hide, if not remove, apps. There are apps I bought over a year ago that I'd like to bring back. That's virtually impossible using the Purchased history. (App Store isn't always an option, since many apps have similar names, so finding mine isn't always easy.)
On iTunes, we can delete apps from the library. When deciding what to include on iPhone, we pick from what is in the Library, not from everything we've ever downloaded for the past 3+ years. If it's not in my iTunes library, I don't want to see it in my Purchased history.
Cool, I just downloaded that new app. How do I use it? I think I press on it... <waiting> There, it's jiggling! Now how do I launch it? I press the red X, right? Oops, where did it go? Oh, now I remember... Ok, what was that app again? Good thing there's the Purchase History so I can redownload what I JUST downloaded a moment ago.
Since the "Purchased" history is useless without some filtering and/or search capability, here's what I do instead:
Search my email archive for:
Body: <name of app I want to retrieve>
Once I have the exact app name and developer, I can easily find it in the App Store and re-download it.
Yes, I keep ALL my email. For above reason and license keys, etc.
Count me in as a person wanting to be able to filter my purchase list. Any of us after a few years on iOS will have gathered a sizeable list of useless apps. Games we got bored of and apps that turned out complete duds.
It'd be very handy to be able to hide these apps for good. It could be made reversible but being able to not see some entries would be perfect. On a new device I'd hate to have to wade through my purchase list in order to remember which of the 5 unit converter or rss reader apps is the one worth installing.
I really would like to have the possibility to filter out some apps from the purchase history. What's the point in having certain apps I've downloaded only to find out they are crappy, in my apps list?
This would be easly done just adding an "hide it" flag and the possibility to show or not the hided ones. The purchase history loses its usefulness without a filtering system...
Hope they add this feature soon!!!
For all those that wanted it ..... The feature has now been added in iTunes 10.5 released yesterday. I copied this from another thread.
Here is the thread.
This is now possible in iTunes 10.5. Here's how you do it:
1. Upgrade your version of iTunes to 10.5 (released October 11, 2011).
2. Click on iTunes Store in the lefthand column of iTunes and log in to your account.
3. Find "Purchased" in the Quick Links menu on the right hand side of the Store home page. Click on it.
4. You should see a list of your downloaded apps on the screen. Mouse over any app that you wish to delete. A small "x" in a round circle will appear in the top left corner of the app icon. Click the "x".
5. A notification will pop up telling you that your purchased app will now be hidden and how you can un-hide it in the future. Click OK. The app will disappear from your purchase history in iTunes and all associated iOS devices instantly. Verify this on your iOS device by navigating to your purchase history in the App Store.
Enjoy, and thanks Apple for listening to your customers!
Hide to your heart's contents.
This is great! Now will that keep us from getting Upgrade notifications for the apps we've hidden? I keep having upgrades I no longer want appearing on my upgrade list, and there doesn't seem to be any way to hide/delete or decline them. I also get a couple of apps that keep trying to download themselves, even though they've already been downloaded (and they're huge, >1 Gig Navigation apps!).
I just hid an app and the upgrade is still sitting there--I'm going to try to reboot iTunes; hopefully it will go away.
I had the same question and desire to unclog my list of apps that I'll never synch again.
Here's how to do it:
Was actually much easier than it says here, and I didn't have any of the problems he mentions at the end.
You do realize that the article that you referenced shows you how to delete apps permanently and the majority of the discussion in this thread was about a way to hide the purchase - not delete it.
Even if you delete the apps they will still show up in the purchase history. You can hide purchases now - but just because you delete it from your iTunes library - it will still always be in your purchased history.
Sorry if I appear dense but when I go into the quick links under purchased, all I see is a couple of videos and some music - no apps.
All the apps showing in the folder above that are ones which are currently on my device(s) and not ones which I have downloaded and deleted. So where do I find the purchase history?