Using Cydia

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Cydia is incredibly outdated. If you are using a modern jailbreak on iOS 11 or newer, consider using Sileo

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Cydia is a package manager that has been used since the start of jailbreaking in 2008. It can be used to install tweaks and themes.

A picture of an iPhone running Cydia

Tweaks are small modifications to change the look and/or feel of your device. You can find tweaks on repositories, colloquially referred to as "repos".

Repositories are essentially databases that contain lots of tweaks for you to install. When you add repos to Cydia, you will be able to install the tweaks on it, and look for them using the search function.

This guide will show you how you can install and uninstall tweaks, and add different repos.

Adding Repos

  1. Open the Cydia application
  2. Tap Sources on the bar at the bottom
  3. Tap the Edit button in the top right-hand corner
  4. Tap the + icon in the top right-hand corner
  5. Enter in a repo URL (e.g. https://sparkdev.me/Open in new window)
  6. Tap Add Source

You can now enter the repo from this page to see all the tweaks available on it.

Removing Repos

  1. Open the Cydia application
  2. Tap Sources on the bar at the bottom
  3. Tap the Edit button in the top left-hand corner
  4. Tap the red icon next to the repo you want to delete
  5. Confirm the deletion

The repo should now be removed from Cydia.

Installing Tweaks

  1. Open the Cydia application
  2. Search for a tweak you'd like to install
  3. Tap the Install button at the top right-hand corner of your screen
  4. Confirm the installation
    • It may take some time for the tweak to install
  5. After it's finished, tap "Restart SpringBoard"
    • The device should appear to reboot after this
    • Sometimes, the button might not say to Restart SpringBoard, but you can tap the button anyway

The tweak should now be installed to your device and will be active whenever your device is jailbroken.

Uninstalling Tweaks

  1. Open the Cydia application
  2. Tap on a tweak you'd like to uninstall
  3. Tap the Modify button at the top of the page
  4. Tap Remove
  5. Confirm the uninstallation
    • It may take some time for the tweak to install
  6. After it's finished, tap "Restart SpringBoard"
    • The device should appear to reboot after this
    • Sometimes, the button might not say to Restart SpringBoard, but you can tap the button anyway

After restarting SpringBoard, the tweak should now be uninstalled.