Have you heard about Cydia but you don’t know exactly what it is? we will teach you what and how to download Cydia on your iOS device.
What is Cydia
Cydia is the largest installer of third-party software available for the iOS platform. As you know already all, iOS is a closed system that no modification is allowed, you can install anything that has not passed before the verification of Apple.
The great advantage is the security provided by this concept to our devices, avoiding viruses and attacks, however, many users who have been complaining about precisely the few possibilities of modification or customization offered by Apple since the beginning.
In fact, much of the improvements that the company has included in iOS in recent years have their origin in Cydia, a clear example of this is the Control Center of iOS.
On this basis, since its inception Cydia is presented as a software provider to change iOS, covering its “shortcomings” but in any case offer pirated apps, something that occurs however with the by Installous or vShare among others.
Curiously, the name of Cydia has its origin in the name of the common worm that feeds on apples, Cydia pomonella, alluding thus to Cydia is an app that gets inside Apple devices and take “advantage” of them to reach their full potential.
So, the first thing you should know is that to download Cydia you will need to jailbreak previously to your iOS device i.e., you will have to sacrifice security for the benefit of a greater degree of customization of your terminal so the decision in entirely yours.
How to download / install Cydia on iDevice
To download Cydia you will need to jailbreak your device, is an inseparable condition so it depends on where the geniuses of the Jailbreak are arrived and must take into account that it is not always available for the latest version of iOS released by Apple. In fact, it seems that there are breakthroughs and has been jailbroken on iOS 8.
Currently the Jailbreak is done through evasi0n is compatible with all models of iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad mini from 7.0 iOS to iOS 7.0.6 (7.1.1 not iOS supports Jailbreak at the moment).
The operation of Cydia is quite similar to the App Store. Most tweaks are free, some totally independent and other dependents of other apps that implement features or functions that lack.
Default Cydia already comes with a number of repositories (repos) where the different apps, tweaks are housed, and others, but we can also extend this list by other repos. To do this:
- We access Cydia in our iOS device
- We access to Manage and click on the sources/Sources option (in the buttons at the bottom)
- Click on the Edit button (top right)
- Click on the Add button
- In the new window write the address of the repo that you want to add.
- Click on Add Source or add source and the download will begin.
- To download and install a tweak from Cydia just must look for it in the integrated search engine, click on it when we find it and click on Install / install to start the installation (on many occasions after installing a tweak will be necessary to restart the device.
Here are some of the best repo for Cydia that you can add: