How to Get a List of Purchased Apps Not Installed on an iPhone
Those of us who have been using an iPhone or iPad for a while have likely acquired a sizable amount of iOS apps through purchases, downloads, promos for temporarily free apps, and general promo code redemptions, many of which end up deleted or removed after the initial install. If you ever want to quickly see a list of every app that you own but don’t actually have installed on the current iPhone or iPad, you can do that through a great App Store trick. Additionally, you can then go a step further and take action, choosing to download some or all those previously purchased or redeemed apps again if you want to.
Remember, app downloads and purchases are tied to a specific Apple ID, so you’ll want to be sure you are logged in using the same account. This is also one of the many reasons why it’s important to use the same Apple ID for all of your iOS devices over the years.
List Every App Owned That is Not Currently Installed on an iPhone or iPad
- Open the “App Store” app on the iPhone or iPad and go to the ‘Updates’ tab
- Tap on the “Purchased” option at the very top of the Updates list
- Select “Not on This iPhone” to see the list of every app that is owned on that Apple ID, but not currently installed on the device – this list is often large and you can scroll vertically to see potentially years of app ownership history
Optionally, you can choose to download a specific app again just by finding the app name in this list, and then tapping on the downward pointing arrow cloud icon. Re-downloading apps that are listed here is free. This is really helpful if you are restoring a device as new and want to selectively add some particular apps, and it’s also great if someone was using one of your iOS devices and accidentally deleted an app or ten, though in either case you can always just search the App Store for the specific application name and download it again that way too.
Notice this is very different from getting a list of all apps you do have on the iPhone, which can be done through a simple Spotlight trick and does not require using the App Store.