A question most of iOS users has been asking, what is Cydia and what is jailbreak? Well, Cydia is very important for most of iOS users and that’s why we’re making a deep walkthrough in this post.


What is Cydia?

Cydia is a third-party, independent installer application for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Cydia is developed by Jay Freeman (Saurik) and it’s actually much similar to Apple’s app store.

Cydia allows you to download tons of tweaks & utilities that you’ll need to make the best out of your iOS device. Cydia brings you many applications that can be downloaded either for free or for a small amount of money.

What is the difference between app store and Cydia?

That’s a good question. You’ve now known that Cydia is much similar to the app store but you may want to know what’s the difference. Well, some apps that can’t be approved by Apple. Those apps are really very important for your iPhone. Utilities and tweaks can be found over Cydia are those that are not there on the app store.

Cydia offers you over 400,000+ apps and they’re all useful. In the next questions, we’ll show you what kind of apps does Cydia offers and why you will need them.

Why Cydia?

Because Cydia offers you what Apple doesn’t. For example, Apple doesn’t give you the ability to change themes of your iPhone. Every smartphone owner would always like to change his mobile theme. On Cydia, you can install a tweak called “Winterboard” which allows you to download and install themes on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

How can I get Cydia?

That’s a complicated thing for some. To get Cydia, you’ll need to jailbreak. You may don’t know what’s jailbreaking, so let’s head over the next question.

What’s jailbreaking?

In brief, jailbreaking means installing Cydia. That’s a kind of complicated process but it has been confirmed that iOS jailbreaking is 100% legal by the U.S. government. Though, Apple still fights jailbreaking.

The war between Apple and jailbreaking has been there since 2008 when the first jailbreak tool was released by the genius iPhone hacker George Hotz, better known as Geohot.

There’s actually two kinds of jailbreaks, one of them is a bootrom jailbreak which lasts for ever. That jailbreak like Geohot’s latest Limera1n jailbreak. Limera1n’s exploit is still being used up till now on all iOS devices except the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S (which are recently released after the release of Limera1n).

The second kind is the userland jailbreak. This jailbreak is only made for the current iOS software. In other words, it can be patched by Apple in future iOS software updates. This one like JailbreakMe 3.0 for iPad 2 which has been patched only after 10 days.


Can I download Cydia without jailbreak?

Absolutely NO! Never believe anyone telling you that you can download Cydia without jailbreak.


Is Cydia safe?

Cydia is not 100% safe since almost every jailbreak app is approved on Cydia. This increases the chance of malicious apps getting through too. You should only download apps & tweaks from trusted repositories. Repositories like ModMyi and BigBoss are the safest ones. Oh, you don’t know what’s repositories?


What’s repositories?

Repository is the online hub in which developers store their tweaks for quick and easy access and installation. There are a lot of repositories as ModMyi repo and BigBoss repo where we can find out most of tweaks we search for.

Cydia structure

In case you have already got Cydia, you’ll need to know what’s inside it. Once you open Cydia, you’ll find 5 tabs, here’s everything you need to know:

Home – You can find here some applications sponsored, more Sources FAQ, account information and some important settings.

Sections – In this tab, you can see all apps divided into categories. You should just go in the category you need and look up for your tweak.

Changes – All updates and newly added programs can be found here. This tab is updated every time you open Cydia.

Manage – Allows you t omanage Cydia, remove programs, add sources and repositories and have access to all storage.

Search – That’s the tab where you can search for a tweak – only if you got the name.

How do I pay for apps on Cydia?

In Apple’s app store, you can pay through your iTunes Apple ID. On Cydia, you can login with a Facebook or Twitter account and pay using Paypal or Amazon gift cards. Payments on Cydia are easier than you expect.

What useful tweaks to download from Cydia?

In case you’re a new comer and asking for the best tweaks to download from Cydia, we’ve got some tweaks that we recommend:

  • Ultrasn0w
  • Activator
  • SBSettings
  • BiteSMS
  • AppLocker
  • Five Icon Dock
  • iFile
  • InfiniFolders
  • MxTube
  • Multifl0w
  • Winterboard
  • FaceTime 3G
  • FolderEnhancer
  • GraviBoard
  • Terminal
  • OpenSSH
  • ScrollingBoard
  • MultiIcon Mover
  • StayOpened