Apple keeps track of all the apps you have installed, and it’s not difficult to browse the list.
The App Store, which has been available since the summer of 2008, currently has nearly two million apps waiting to be downloaded, and over the years, even those who don’t spend a lot of time using their smartphones have probably tried a few dozen of them.
Apps stored on our mobile phones come and go, but Apple remembers our downloads in relation to our profile, specifically our Apple ID, so if we want to find an old app whose name we no longer remember, or if we just want to feel nostalgic for a while, we can bring it up again.
The process is very simple, and obviously the end result will be more interesting the longer you use the specific Apple ID. To see all the apps you have installed, follow these steps:
- Open the App Store.
- Select your profile in the upper right corner
- open the “I bought it” menu item
- Locate “My purchases“
You’ll then be taken to a page where you can see apps you’ve downloaded over the years, based on installation date, looking back in chronological order, regardless of which iPhone you used them on. Basically, applications that are still in use and deleted are confused, but the menu bar is above “Not on iPhone“, you can filter only for items that have already been deleted, and you can also search by name.
By clicking on the apps in the list, the relevant product page in the App Store opens, so you can download them again in a few steps, if they are still available, otherwise you will receive a “Cannot connect” message. Some apps that have not been updated since iOS 11 will not work, as this system no longer supports the 32-bit version.