How do I find out if I've already purchased an iPhone app?

I don't have a credit card so I'm worried about how I can pay to download apps if they're really not free. Even if I have chosen NONE in the billing method, they will still allow me to download paid apps even if I didn't select a payment method.

I created an iTunes account to download free apps through my iPhone. When I was making the account, there was an option on how to pay the bills:

  • choose a credit card
  • other means, or
  • simply choose the "NONE"

I chose "None" because I thought that it would still prompt for credit card information if you were to purchase an app that needed payment. I only wanted to download free apps and that's also why I chose "none".

After a few days of downloading free apps, I clicked on updates and noticed one of them saying that since I already purchased it first, the update was at a discount.

I cancelled the update since I have no credit card.

Days later I noticed the same app in the store, but free. Trying to install it, it would not download and said there was an update pending on my previous version. I waited for a screen to appear about payment information, but none came.

I wanted to cancel paying for this update but haven't seen the option to do so.

I don't know if my wanton clicking means that I've paid for this app without realising it. I have my billing address on there, so maybe there will be a bill coming along.

  • I do realize how old this question is, but app updates are not and have never been paid. It may have been talking about a discount on an in-app purchase, but developers have absolutely no way to make updates into paid updates. (This is a long-standing beef that some developers have with the way the App Store is set up.)
    – tubedogg
    Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 5:15

2 Answers 2


You can see your purchase/download history in the App Store application on your device. It is in the Updates tab. This feature was introduced in iOS 4.3.3.


On iOS 14.6, you can access the App Store then click on your profile image at the top right of the screen. From there, click on Purchased, then My Purchases.

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