πŸ₯‡ How to find and download deleted apps for each Apple device from the App Store

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We’ve all been through it: you used to have this great app on iPhone, but now you can’t find it. It was probably deleted in the cleanup to free up space. Don’t worry, it is actually very easy to re-download deleted apps from the App Store on one of your Apple devices.

There used to be an app store, now there are three. One for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, a second for Mac and a third for Apple TV. They are slightly different, but the process of finding deleted apps on your iPhone, Mac, or Apple TV is almost the same.

You can download apps again from any app store.

Whether you have to accidentally restore deleted apps on iPhone and iPad or just curious about which apps you used to have on your Mac, we have sorted them out. In this post, you will learn how to download deleted apps to an Apple device, answering important questions such as whether you need to make paid apps and make in-app purchases again.

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How can I recover deleted apps on my iPhone, iPad or iPod touch?

If you know the name of the app you want to restore, find it in the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod and tap the cloud icon next to the name.

Find the app store and tap the cloud icon to download deleted apps.

Alternatively, you can view all deleted apps together in the “Purchased” list. The name is kind of a misnomer because the list of apps purchased includes both paid and free apps that you have downloaded.

  1. Go to the Today page on the App Store.
  2. Tap the profile photo or icon in the top right.
  3. Go to Purchased and then My Purchases if you’re using family sharing.
  4. Tap on this [GerΓ€t] to not only to show the deleted apps.
  5. Search or scroll through the list to find the app.
  6. Tap the cloud icon next to an app to restore it.

Tap on this [GerΓ€t] on Not to restore accidentally deleted App Store apps.

How can I recover deleted apps on my Mac?

If you remember the name, you can recover a deleted app on your Mac by searching for it in the App Store and downloading it as normal by clicking the cloud button.

Find deleted apps on Mac by searching the app store.

However, if you don’t remember the name of an app or want to view all previously downloaded Mac apps together, you can view them in the Purchased Apps list in the App Store.

  1. Click your name at the bottom of the App Store sidebar.
  2. Scroll through the purchased list to find the app.
  3. Click the cloud icon next to an app to restore it.

Find deleted apps on Mac in the App Store.

How can I recover deleted apps on my Apple TV?

The purchased list is now available on the Apple TV app store. From here, you can view all previously downloaded apps and restore deleted ones.

  1. Go to the Purchased page in the App Store.
  2. Find and select the appropriate app.
  3. Click the cloud icon to restore the app.

Do I have to pay again for App Store purchases?

Recover accidentally deleted apps for free.

No. If you are signed in to the same Apple ID, you can download apps that have already been paid for as often as you like free, You can also restore some in-app purchases like upgrades, additional features, and subscriptions.

If you no longer have access to the Apple ID, contact Apple Support if you have an account for which you paid for apps. They can help you recover accidentally deleted apps on iPhone and iPad, or transfer your purchases to a new account.

How do I restore in-app purchases?

To restore in-app purchases, open the app and look for a restore button. You may find this in the main menu, in Settings, Options or in the in-app store.

You can restore non-consumable in-app purchases with the same Apple ID account you use. These usually do not contain any game currency or notes as they are consumable and used up.

How do I remove apps from my shopping list?

Slide to hide deleted apps from your shopping list.

Swipe left or click the radio button in Apps Your Purchased App Store list to see an option to hide the purchase. You can do this when an app is so terrible that you never want to see it again. Or if you are embarrassed to be caught downloading.

Apps that are hidden in your shopping list appear in the App Store as if you had never downloaded them.

You can view or restore all of your hidden purchases at any time by going to your account in the App Store and selecting “Hidden purchases”.

How can I see all of my deleted apps from the App Store?

You can view your entire Apple purchase history through iTunes. That means you can use any app, song, movie, or book from any Apple device you own. Your iTunes shopping history even shows apps that have been hidden in your shopping list.

  1. Open the iTunes Store.
  2. Under Quick Links, click the Account button.
    Use iTunes Quick Links to view your Aplpe purchase history.
  3. Enter your Apple ID when prompted.
  4. Under the Purchase History heading, click View All.

Find deleted apps on Mac or iPhone in iTunes purchase history.

How do I find a missing app in the App Store?

Do you remember Flappy Bird? It was a very simple game that was so popular that it was removed from the store by the overwhelmed app developer in 2014. This happens from time to time. In this case, you can no longer find these apps or download them again.

Deleted apps from the app store

But what about Apple Apps? Apps like Safari, Camera, iTunes or even the App Store itself can disappear for various reasons. Otherwise, you won’t be able to find them on your device or in the App Store.

In this case, our guide to finding missing or hidden apps can help you.

Find your iPhone

Well, you should have done, now you know how to restore accidentally deleted apps on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Apple TV. If you have any further questions about downloading deleted apps, please let us know in the comments below!

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