The iOS applications you have bought will always be at your disposal but you have the possibility to hide the ones that you don’t plan on using in the near future. By doing so, the Purchase screens are going to be less cluttered if you are using the latest version of iTunes and iOS 5. Here is what you have to do to hide those apps.
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In iTunes, you will have to click on the iTunes Store link that you can see in the Source list. Now, access the home screen and then log into the iTunes account you have if you have not logged in already. Look at the Quick Links area and click on the Purchased link. Now, click on Apps and then you’ll have to move the cursor to the applications that you would like to hide and then click on the “X” which will appear in the top-left corner. Once you do this, you won’t be seeing these apps anymore in the Purchased screen of the iTunes Store or in the Purchased screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Speaking of the iPhone and the iPod Touch, you can hide apps by tapping on App Store and after that tapping on the Updates button located at the screen’s bottom. You will then have to tap on the Purchased screen which you’ll see at the top of the Updates screen. Go to the app that you want to hide and then slide your finger across the name of the application. You will now notice a red Hide button and if you tap on it, this will hide the application on your iOS device and also in iTunes. If you are using an iPad, go to the App Store and after that tap on the Purchased button which you’ll find at the bottom of the screen. Now, you must swipe across the application that you would like to hide and after that tap on the resulting Hide button. Keep in mind that by hiding an application that you no longer use is not going to physically remove this app from your iOS device nor it will prevent the App Store to show you updates for this hidden software, which is something that will probably bother you. Hopefully, in the near future with a update we won’t get these software updates for the hidden apps. If you have changed your mind and want to start using once again an application, you can unhide that app by logging into your iTunes account and then select the Apps tab. In the resulting screen you must click on the Unhide button which will appear next to the apps. Now, those applications that were hidden will reappear.
To unhide an application from your iOS device, you have to launch the App Store and tap on Featured or you might want to tap on the Top Charts / Top 25 button. You now have to scroll down to the resulting screen’s bottom and then tap on the Apple ID button. In the resulting screen you must tap on the View Apple ID and provide your password. You will get the Account screen on which you’ll have to scroll down and then tap on the Hidden Purchases. Now, tap on the Unhide button which sits next to those applications that you would like to unhide.