Restoring missing purchases in the Mac App store

Possibly there are other references for this topic, and my Google-fu was weak this morning. Nevertheless, it took me a while to figure out, and if this saves someone else a minor panic, so much the better.

The scenario: I needed to re-download the Mac OS X Lion installer from the App Store. In tinkering with that interface, I unthinkingly clicked the X button on Lion’s entry in the Purchases window. Bam! No more Lion.

A couple of entries suggested things that might restore it, but none did. In the end, the procedure was simple.

  1. Select Store > View My Account and sign in.
  2. Look for a section headed iTunes in the Cloud, with a Hidden Purchases entry, and click View Hidden Purchases.
  3. Click Unhide for those purchases you wish to appear in your App Store Purchases window, then click Done.

That’s it.

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16 thoughts on “Restoring missing purchases in the Mac App store

  1. This didn’t work me….. I’ve verified that I’m using the same account I purchased my MAC online with. No OS X Lion or Server is listed as hidden.

  2. Thats mental! I thought I was going to have to buy the app again as thats what it says when you search for it in the store… what a dumb button!!

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