Cydia is an App store equivalent for jailbroken iPhones. It helps user install various applications that helps you customize your phone in ways that are not available to normal iPhone users. The app was developed by Jay Freeman (also called “saurik”) it was initially released on February 28, 2008.
Below is a beginner’s guide to Cydia which will help you learn the basics of this immensely useful application.
Once you install and open Cydia you will get a homepage like one shown above. The homepage will have 5 different sections on the bottom of display. These are:-
Cydia- First section is named Cydia, clicking on it will open the homepage. The homepage has things like Facebook and twitter links to Cydia’s social media accounts, various themes available and all the featured apps. If you further scroll down you will find user guides subsection which has FAQs, ‘Copying files to/from device’, ‘OpenSSH access How-To’ and ‘root password How –To’.
Sections/Source- In this all the available apps, tweaks and themes are divided into various categories which makes it easier for users to use it.
Changes- This section shows updates of previously installed tweaks which makes it easier for user to update them.
Manage/Installed- This section is divided into three parts called packages, sources and storage. In packages section you can view or remove previously installed tweaks. Sources has places which host different tweaks that can be installed in your phone. You can add any source you like but by default Cydia has various sources already like- BigBoss, ModMyi, StePackaging, iSpazio, Telesphoreo Tangelo etc. Clicking on storage will show you how available space is being utilised in your iPhone, something like shown below.
search In this you can search for apps you want to install.
A) Installing Cydia Apps and tweaks
B) Uninstalling installed Cydia apps
C) Adding a Repository/Source
A repository or repos as it is called in short is a place where jailbreak tweaks are hosted. Repositories are also called sources at times.
D) Removing a repository
E) Fixing a boot loop
Installing tweaks that are not compatible with your iOS version can cause your phone to be stuck in a boot loop. This can be fixed by activating ‘No substrate mode’ in your phone which disables all the tweaks temporarily.
F) Using filters in Cydia
G) Restoring purchases
The above guide should be enough to get you started with “how to use cydia on iPad or iPhone” comfortably for any other query do read the user guides.