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On the iPadOS App Store, there is a “Filters” drop down menu on the left side of the search bar that allows you to filter apps by what platform it supports, price, category, age, and sorting options.

Filters dropdown button on the iPadOS App Store

However, in iOS on my iPhone, I don’t see this drop down menu when searching. Are there any hidden buttons or features that allow you to filter search results in the iOS App Store like you can on iPadOS?

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No, there are not any hidden buttons or features to filter search results when searching from an iPhone.

It's done this way when viewing the App Store on iPadOS because iPhone apps can be run in iPadOS. This is the default setting for developers using Xcode to create their apps. Sometimes when searching, you just want to see apps that are designed only for iPads (developers determine if their app can be run on iPad only).

Because you can run an iPhone app on an iPad but not an iPad only app on an iPhone, Apple provides a way to search for only those types of apps.

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  • That would make sense in this case. Although there are some filter options that would be useful on iPhone, such filtering only free apps or a specific age rating of an app. But I suppose that is also not possible on iPhone.
    – RyDev
    Aug 7 '20 at 14:28
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    I agree! I would like more filter options. For example, I don't play games so I'd like to remove the Games tab from the Store and all games from all search results. That's why I use 3rd-party sites like fnd.io to perform searches.
    – fsb
    Aug 7 '20 at 14:45

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