Deleting unneeded apps is one thing, but they remain in your app history long after they’re deleted. I’m talking about the history of purchases in your iPhone’s App Store app and in the iTunes application on your Mac if you have one. If you don’t have a Mac this post won’t help you.
Many apps have an end to their usefulness. A sports season is over, you downloaded the lite version but later bought the pro version, or the developer decided that version 2 would be a separate app and you would have to pay again to use the new features, or maybe another app simply does the job better.
Regardless, the list of purchased but unused apps that iTunes and your iPhone’s App Store app keep track of gets less useful as time goes by. So much clutter. The apps I’m talking about, are the ones “Not on This iPhone.” So if the app doesn’t yet appear on this list then delete it from your iPhone and iTunes.
The view below is reached by opening your iPhone, tapping on App Store—>Updates, tap Purchased, tap Not on This iPhone.
The above is the view I’m talking about.
It’s also where the fun seems to end. You can’t do the obvious on the iPhone itself, no really, it’s that crazy. Deleting an app from this pane doesn’t seem possible. Let me know if you find a way.
So get iTunes running.
Select all three (3) options like this:
Then click Purchased here —
To get this screen —
The screen above lets you delete an app from the App Store history. When you hover over an app icon, a little delete button appears. Click it and the app is gone.
Here’s the delete button highlighted —
Careful though, I don’t know what happens if you delete a paid app that you want to bring back. YMMV.