How to see your purchase history in iTunes

How to see your purchase history in iTunes
Mac Tip #492, 29 June 2011

When did you hire that movie or buy that app? iTunes knows, because it keeps track of everything you ‘buy’ — even the free stuff. Here’s how to find the details, and find the place to report a problem.


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iTunes records every ‘purchase’

Every time you get something from iTunes — movies, music, apps for your iPad or iPhone — the ‘purchase’ is recorded in your account.

In Apple’s eyes even free stuff is referred to as a ‘purchase’.

Log in to your iTunes account

Open iTunes and select iTunes Store in the left-hand column.

Look in the dark grey bar below the Toolbar for the Sign In button. Or click on the Account link in the Quick Links section on the right-hand side of the window.

Enter your Apple ID and password, then click the Account Info button. After a few moments, and provided you’re connected to the Internet, you’re logged in.

The ‘LCD’ display at the top of the screen shows what’s happening as you log in, with messages like Accessing iTunes Store.

Account Information

The Account Information shows your credit card and address details, how many computers are ‘authorised’ on your account and other information.

 iTunes Purchase History.

iTunes Purchase History.

Look at the Purchase History

Half way down the page is a Purchase History button. Click the button and wait a few moments until the Purchase History page appears.

The top part of the page shows your Latest Purchases — in my case it was a handful of free iPad app updates.

At the bottom of the page is a date picker and around a dozen of your most recent purchases, sorted by date with the newest at the top.

Use the date picker or the Previous button to access Previous Purchases.

Details of one purchase.

Details of one purchase.

See details of a purchase

At the left end of each line is a small arrow. Click the arrow to see details of that purchase.

The details page shows everything that was included in that particular purchase, with information about how you paid, for example by credit card or from a balance in the store credit.

Report a Problem

If you have a problem with a purchase, as for example an app that didn’t work correctly, then click the Report a Problem button below a particular purchase in its Details page.

It’s also easy sometimes to purchase an app by mistake — if your finger brushes the wrong part of the iPhone screen at the wrong time. If that happens, use the Report a Problem button to get a refund.

We’d love to hear what you turned up when you checked your Purchase History. Tell us about it in the Comments at Could you write a guest MacTip? If so, contact Miraz.

Credit where it’s due

This Tip was written by Miraz Jordan,, and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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