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View, Hide/Unhide App Store and iTunes Purchases in Family Sharing on Mac

How You Can View, Hide/ Unhide App Store and iTunes Purchases While Using Family Sharing

Family Sharing is one of the great features Apple has to offer for its users. It's only available on Macs that run on OS X Yosemite or later and iOS devices that run on iOS 8 or later. If you use an Apple device, but your family members use, for example, android, unfortunately, you're not able to share content with your family.

Family Sharing features allow you to share App Store, iTunes, Books purchases, photos, location, various service subscriptions like Apple News+, iCloud storage, and more. What's great is that you don't need to share one account.

View, Hide/Unhide App Store and iTunes Purchases in Family Sharing on Mac

With Family Sharing enabled, your family members will have access to App Store and iTunes purchases made by other members. Meaning they don't need to buy an app or an item from iTunes separately. The same goes for Apple Music. Also, instead of purchasing every song separately, you can choose an Apple Music Family plan which gives your family members unlimited access to Apple Music and individual accounts.

You can also share your iCloud storage plan with other Family Sharing members. If, for example, you purchase a 200GB storage plan, it will be shared among family members. You won't be able to see other members stored content, but you can keep track of how much storage everyone is using.

Another great feature Family Sharing offers is Apple subscription sharing. If you have an Apple service subscription, your family members get instant access to it as well.

Family Sharing allows you to save money and share content with your family members, but what to do if you don't want them to see everything you buy and listen to. In this case, you can easily hide your purchases from other members of your family.

Or maybe you want to read a book that another member has already purchased and wish to view their library.

Below you'll find out how you can view, hide and unhide purchases from the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Books, and iTunes.

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How to See Purchases and Downloads Made by Family Members in The App Store

To view other family members purchases in the App Store, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the App Store.
2. Then, click on your account name at the bottom left corner or in the menu bar, click on "Store", and click on "View My Account".

Go to App Store account

3. Under "Account", next to "Purchased by", click on your name. You will see a list of your family members.

View other member purchases in App Store

4. Select a member to see their purchases.

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How to Hide/Unhide Purchase in The App Store

To hide your purchases from other family members in the App Store, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the App Store.
2. Then, click on your account name at the bottom left corner or in the menu bar, click on "Store", and click on "View My Account".
3. Hover over an app you want to hide and click on the three-dot button.

Click on three dots in App Store

4. When a menu pops up, click on "Hide Purchase".

Hide app in the App Store

To unhide your purchases from other family members in the App Store, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the App Store.
2. Then, click on your account at the bottom left corner or in the menu bar, click on "Store", and click on "View My Account".
3. Click on "View Information".

View account information in the App Store

4. Scroll down to "Hidden Items", and next to "Hidden Purchases", click on "Manage".

Manage hidden purchases in the App Store

5. Choose an app you want to unhide and click on the "Unhide" button.

Unhide app in the App Store

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How to See Purchases and Downloads Made by Family Members in Apple Music

To view other family members purchases in Apple Music, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the Music app.
2. In the menu bar, click on "Account" and then on "Purchased".

Go to Purchased in Apple Music

3. Then, next to "Purchased", click on your Apple ID name. You will see a list of your family members.

View other member purchases in Apple Music

4. Select a family member to see their purchases.

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How to Hide/Unhide Purchase in Apple Music

To hide your purchases from other family members in Apple Music, follow the steps below:

1. Launch Apple Music.
2. In the menu bar, click on "Account" and on "Purchased".
3. Hover over a song you want to hide.
4. Click on the "X" button on the song's top left side to hide it.

Hide song in Apple Music

To unhide your purchases from other family members in Apple Music, follow the steps below:

1. Launch Apple Music.
2. In the menu bar, click on "Account" and then "View My Account".
3. Scroll down to "Download and Purchases" and click on "Manage" next to "Hidden Purchases".

Manage hidden purchases in Apple Music

4. Then, choose an item you want to unhide and click on the "Unhide" button below.

Unhide song in Apple Music

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How to See Purchases and Downloads Made by Family Members in Apple Books

To view other family members purchases in Apple Books, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the Books app.
2. Then, in the menu bar, click on "Store" and on "Book Store Home".

Go to Book Store Home

3. On the right side, click on "Purchased".

Go to Purchased in Apple Books

4. Next to "All", click on your Apple ID name. A list with your family members will appear.

View other member purchases in Apple Books

5. Select a family member to see their purchases.

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How to Hide/Unhide Purchase in Apple Books

To hide your purchases from other family members in Apple Books, follow the steps below:

1. Launch Apple Books.
2. Then, in the menu bar, click on "Store" and on "Book Store Home".
3. On the right side, click on "Purchased".
4. Hover over a book you want to hide and click on the "X" button in the top left corner to hide it.

Hide book in Apple Books

To unhide your purchases from other family members in Apple Books, follow the steps below:

1. Launch Apple Books.
2. In the menu bar, click on "Store".
3. Then, click on "View My Apple ID".

View my Apple ID in Apple Books

4. Scroll down to "Download and Purchases".
5. Next to "Hidden Purchases," click on "Manage".

Manage hidden purchases in Apple Books

6. Choose a book you want to unhide and click on the "Unhide" button below.

Unhide books in Apple Books

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How to See Purchases and Downloads Made by Family Members in iTunes

To view other family members purchases in iTunes, follow the steps below:

1. Launch iTunes.
2. Then, in the menu bar, click on "Account" and on "Purchased".

Go to Purchased in iTunes

3. Next to "Purchased", click on your name. A list with your family members will appear.

View other member purchases in iTunes

4. Select a family member's name to see their purchases.

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How to Hide/Unhide Purchase in iTunes

To hide your purchases from other family members in iTunes, follow the steps below:

1. Launch iTunes.
2. Then, in the menu bar, click on "Account" and on "Purchased".
3. Hover over an item you want to hide.
4. When an "X" button will appear on the item's top left corner, click on it to hide.

Hide items in iTunes

To unhide your purchases from other family members in iTunes, follow the steps below:

1. Launch iTunes.
2. Then, in the menu bar, click on "Account" and on "View My Account".
3. If asked, enter your Apple ID password.
4. Scroll down to "Download and Purchases" and click on "Manage" next to "Hidden Purchases".

Manage hidden purchases in iTunes

5. Then, choose an item you want to unhide and click on the "Unhide" button below.

Unhide items in iTunes

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We hope the information above was helpful!

You can also check out the video below with a step-by-step tutorial.

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