How to Master the iPhone App Store’s Settings

Need to review past downloads, add funds to your account, or remove an app rating? We show you how to do this and more on the iPhone App Store.

Apple’s App Store is a simple service on the surface. Yet there’s a lot more to it than simply logging in with your Apple ID and providing a credit card.

You can access a bevy of settings to improve your App Store experience. These range from basic, such as viewing your purchase history and redeeming gift cards, to more advanced, such as changing payment information and subscriptions. Let’s dive in.

Basic App Store Account Details

Anytime you want to access your App Store account details in the app, tap your profile icon in the upper-right corner (the bullseye in the screenshot below).

On the Account page, you can see all the apps you have Purchased, which includes both paid and free apps. Your purchase history includes every app you’ve ever added to your devices, whether it’s installed or not.

If you’re trying to find an app you installed and then uninstalled, you can narrow it down a bit by choosing Not on this iPhone.

To hide anything in your purchased history, swipe left on it and you’ll see a red Hide button. Once you hide an app, you won’t be able to see it in your purchase history unless you unhide it in the App Store Settings.

The Account page will also let you easily redeem gift cards or codes, send gift cards to others by email, and add funds to your Apple ID so you can buy apps, music, and more.

Understanding the App Store Account Settings

To access the Account Settings, tap your name at the top of the App Store Account screen. You’ll need to enter your passcode or use Touch ID (or FaceID) to authenticate.

If you want to edit your Apple ID, it will redirect you to appleid.apple.com. There, you’ll need to log in with your Apple ID, password, and two-factor authentication verification code, if necessary.

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