How to Hide Purchased Apps & Books on an iPhone

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While family sharing can be a useful way to consolidate your family's tech, there can be many reasons why you might want to hide app or e-book purchases. Some apps have credit card information you might not want to give your kids access to, and other apps may have content suitable for some family members but not others. Whatever your reason is for wishing to hide certain app or book purchases from Family Sharing, it is possible to do. First, here's how to hide app purchases, followed by how to hide book purchases.

How to Hide App Purchases on the iPhone

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Tap the Profile icon in the upper right corner.

  3. Tap Purchased.
  4. Tap My Purchases.

  5. Swipe left on the app you wish to hide.
  6. Tap Hide.


How to Hide Book Purchases on the iPhone

  1. Open the Books app.
  2. Tap Library.

  3. Tap the three dots below the book you wish to hide.

  4. Tap Remove.
  5. Tap Hide Book.

This is an easy and reversible way to hide apps and books from Family Sharing. For more tips and Apple device tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day. Next, learn how to find hidden and missing apps on your iPhone.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.