Trying to remember the name of that app you used one-time last year and never thought you would need again? Or did you have to delete games to free up needed space but now you want to play again?
Great news! There are a few simple ways of viewing your entire purchase history and finding what might have been lost to time (or just lost to my bad memory).
First, you can use the “App Store” app to find your purchase history.
Step 1. Open the “App Store” app and select the icon that’s located in the top right corner.
Step 2. Tap “Purchased” and then “My Purchases” on the following screen.
Step 3. Under the “All” tab you can now see everything that has been purchased. If you select the “Not on this iPhone” tab you will see only what has been deleted from your iPhone.
From the “My Purchases” tab you can re-download anything that had been previously purchased, including free apps. Thankfully, it is ordered by the date of purchase to make locating what you want a little easier.
Another way to see your purchase history is through your “Settings” menu.
Step 1. In the “Settings” menu tap your name.
Step 2. Select “Media & Purchases” from the next menu. Note: you may have a secondary menu pup-up where you will need to select “View Account.”
Step 3. In the “Account Settings” menu select “purchase History. The list that shows will just be for the last 90 days, but you can extend that range tapping “last 90 days” to adjust the date range.
This method is effective because you can get more specific on the dates. Instead of simply scrolling through an endless timeline of previous purchases in the “App Store” app, you can select the year and month to narrow down what you are looking for.
(Can we just ignore my excessive downloading in 2009? It was just a phase!)
You can view your history on your computer through the iTunes (or Music App) menu as well. Just choose “Account” and then select “My Account.” Scroll down to “Purchase History” and click to see all of your purchases there.
Voila! It is that simple to view your purchase history and relive some of the great moments of what was once your favorite app. This is also a very useful feature for when you get your Apple bill and can’t remember what that $4.99 charge was for.
And, if you are the main account holder for the Family Share Plan, you can check in on what purchases are being made on other devices.
The App Store purchase history is just another nifty feature the iPhone has to help you keep track of your life through your phone. Thanks, Apple!