There are so many methods available to download Cydia. Some ways are so complicated and hassle full.
So we decided to list the easiest methods analyzing all of these methods.
Also, you can find the most popular Cydia features and all the things you know after downloading the Cydia.
Cydia downloading methods may vary according to your iOS versions. Select your iOS / iPadOS version before downloading the Cydia.
iOS 15 – iOS 15.3
Zylon is the best Cydia download method for iOS 15, iOS 15.0.1, iOS 15.0.2, iOS 15.1, iOS 15.1.1, iOS 15.2, iOS 15.2.1 & iOS 15.3 users.
- Download the Zylon community based development from the following button.
2. Open the Zylon App Store > Jailbreak apps.
3. Tap the get button to download Cydia.
iOS 14 – iOS 14.8.1
It has three methods to download Cydia.
- You can download Cydia from all these iOS versions using Zeon Jailbreak repo extractor.
1. Download the Zeon jailbreak repo extractor.
2. Open the Zeon repo extractor and tap “get repos’ button.
3. Extract the repo. Then you can download Cydia.
Please note – You cannot get all Cydia features for these latest iOS versions.
- Unc0ver jailbreaking is our recommended Cydia download method for iOS 14 – iOS 14.8 versions. Ii will automatically install Cydia after unc0ver jailbreak process is completed.
However, according to the iOS version, device compatibility may differ. For iOS 14.4 – iOS 14.5.1 Unc0ver Jailbreak collaborated with Fugu14 and it supports only for A12 – A14 devices. For iOS 14.6 – iOS 14.8 unc0ver supports only for A12/A13 devices. For iOS 14 – iOS 14.3 uncover supports all device models.
Mostly, you need a Windows or Mac computer to complete the Unc0ver jailbreak process, because the Unc0ver online method is always revoked by Apple.
If you wish to use an online Cydia installing method you can try Hexxa Jailbreak repo extractor.
1.Download the Unc0ver Jailbreak app for your Windows or Mac computer.
2. Install unc0ver app to your iPhone / iPad and Jailbreak your device using unc0ver.
3. After the Unc0ver Jailbreak process Cydia will be available on your device.
- Checkra1n jailbreak is a semi-tethered jailbreak tool for all these versions. But it only supports A5-A11 devices. Read more.
iOS 13 – iOS 13.7
However, Checkra1n has some device limitations. Currently it is not available in Checkra1n and Unc0ver online jailbreak methods too.
Hexxa Plus is the best online jailbreak method and it is supported as a Cydia alternative method.
1.Download the Hexxa Plus jailbreak repo extractor using the button below.
2. Open the downloaded Hexxa Plus jailbreak repo extractor. > Get repos > App managers.
3. Extract the Cydia repo to download Cydia.
iOS 12 – iOS 12.5.5
Or else Bregxi repo extractor is another Cydia installation method for these versions. But this Cydia is not fully functional.
1.Download Bregxi jailbreak repo extractor.
2. Open Bregxi > All Sources list > Jailbreak apps >
3. Extract the jailbreak alternative apps
4. Now you can download Cydia.
Get more information from the following pages.
iOS 11 – iOS 11.4.1
Refer more about these versions.
iOS 10 – iOS 10.3.3
Cydia download is possible for iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10 versions. It has a lot of jailbreak tools such as G0blin, Double H3lix, H3lix, Meridian, Saigon & Yalu102 Jailbreak tools for these older versions.
If you have a compatible device it is recommended to upgrade to the latest version and use above Cydia installation methods. Otherwise download G0blin, Double H3lix, H3lix, Saigon from iOS 10 – iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak page. You can visit Meridian Jailbreak or Yalu Jailbreak pages for more info.
Get Cydia to popular iPhone models
iPhone 13/ 13 pro / 13 pro max / 13 mini – The latest iPhone 13 models announced with iOS 15 and its powered with the A15 chip. Still there is no untethered or semi untethered jailbreak for iOS 15 as well as iPhone 13 models. However, there were jailbreak solutions such as Zeon, Zylon to get Cydia on iPhone 13.
Refer to the iPhone 13 Jailbreak page for more information.
iPhone 12/ 12 pro / 12 pro max / 12 mini – iPhone 12 introduced with the A14 chip with the iOS 14 launch. Get Cydia through Unc0ver up to iOS 14.5.1. It will automatically install Cydia when complete the jailbreak process on iPhone 12 models. If you are an iOS 14.6 or higher iPhone 12 user, you should have to install Zeon to get Cydia.
Refer to the iPhone 12 Jailbreak page for more information.
iPhone 11/ 11 pro / 11 pro max – These models were introduced with A13 Chip when iOS 13 released. Currently Zeon is the only Online Jailbreak solution for iOS 14.6 & higher versions running iPhone 11 phones. Also, Unc0ver jailbreak was compatible with these devices up to iOS 14.5.1. These jailbreak tools let you install Cydia on iPhone 11 models.
Read more about iPhone 11 / 11 Pro / 11 Pro max Jailbreak.
iPhone XS/XS Max/XR – A12 Chip powered iPhone XS models announced with iOS 12 release. You can install Cydia on these devices using Unc0ver Jailbreak up to iOS 14.5.1. Hexxa Plus is compatible with iPhone XS/ XS Max / XR up to the latest iOS 15.3.
Find more details about Jailbreak iPhone XS/XS Max/XR.
Best Cydia Tweaks & Apps
AnsweringMachine XS – AnsweringMachine Cydia tweak will handle your voicemail by Elias Limneos. Other features are Voice Recognition, DTMF Commands, Speech Synthesizer, Call-Screening and Real-Time Interaction. Launch Cydia and add /limneos.net/repo/ to get this Cydia tweak or download it via BigBoss Repo.
Appaze 2 – Appaze 2 configures 17 different settings on a per-app basis to make using those apps as comfortable as possible. It is developed by iOS developer AnthoPak. Get Appaze 2 from the Packix repository on Cydia.
BioProtect X – You can protect apps and other important things on your device with BioProtect X. The apps installed on your handset. You can create Folders on your Home screen, Specific preference panes in the Settings app are some of the other features. Get it through Cydia’s BigBoss repository.
Detailed Battery Usage – This Cydia tweak adds a panel under your battery settings. Users can see the battery levels and draining over time. Youcan to install this Cydia tweak once you have jailbroken with c0ver jailbreak. Get it through Cydia’s Bigboss repo for free.
Filza File Manager – Filza File manager best Cydia tweak to modify and manipulate any kind of files on the system. It allows users to edit, create, copy or remove files. Most Jailbreak issues can be fixed using Filza. Go Bigboss repo through Cydia to get a free trial.
New Term 2 – New Term 2 is a new version of the old terminal. The terminal applications have been used on a jailbreak some time ago. You can run any command that you would run via SSH without a computer using this terminal Cydia tweak. You can get it’s Chariz Repo.
Barmoji – BarMoji brings iPhone x keyboard to older devices. It adds a quick access Emoji bar to your iPhone’s keyboard interface. BarMoji brought you by iOS developer CPDigitalDarkroom. You can download it from CPDigitalDarkroom’s repository once you jailbreak your device with CheckRa1n or Unc0ver.
Batchomatic -Batchomatic will allow you to install all tweaks , it’ll backup your jailbreak configuration. It installs tweaks, repos, saved .debs, tweak preferences. It is developed by captinc. It is formerly known as BatchInstallCreator. Get it via BigBoss or captinc’s github.
BrowserDefault – Browser default allows you to change your default safari browser. It will let you add third-party web browsers such as Firefox,Firefox Focus,Google Chrome,Brave,Puffin,Dolphin X,Cake to your iOS device. iOS developer lpane develop this Jailbreak tweak.
ByeHomeBottomBarX – This tweak completely hides the Home Bar on iPhoneX from view. Also canHome Bar fade away rather than being entirely gone & Hide the Home Bar only from the Lock screen and Notification Center interfaces.ByeHomeBottomBarX was brought to you by iOS developer CydiaGeek. You can download it for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository.
Power setting – Power setting is another Cydia tweak for all latest devices. You can download It using the Cydia app store adding https://repo.packix.com/ repo. It has many options to change the settings app. It allows you to restart your springboard, enter safe mode, reboot your device, clean the cache and completely shutdown the device through the Settings app with one tap.
What are Best Cydia Repos 2021?
Once you have Cydia you need to add Sources / repos to it. Most applications are available through Community Sources and some sources you need to add manually. Cydia sources / repositories allow users to search and download the Cydia applications to iPhones and iPads.
Here are some of Best Cydia Sources for 2021. (Not only 2021, these are all time favorite)
BigBoss Repo -The Biggest and Most used repository. It has thousands of tweaks, mods, apps and themes.
Repo link : apt.thebigboss.org/repofiles/cydia/
Modmyi – Modmyi must have a repository which consists of many themes, apps, and games.
Repo link : apt.modmyi.com
ZodTTD – This is one of the most popular default Cydia sources among BigBoss & ModMyi.
Repo link : zodttd.saurik.com/repo/cydia/
Packix – This is one of the largest third-party repositories for both free & paid packages, barmoji, BetterCCXI, Boxy 3, CallRecorder, and more popular Cydia Tweks can be downloaded via this repo.
Repo link : repo.packix.co
Dynastic – Dynastic Repo lets you download Popular Cydia tweaks such as JellyFish, HomeList, Asteroid, LockDock, ShortLook, and more.
Repo link: repo.dynastic.com
Chariz – Chariz repo has a large collection of tweaks and apps for iOS devices. NewTerm 2 & nControl are the most downloaded tweaks.
Twickd – This is a new repo to access free and paid tweaks. It has an option to buy commercial tweaks using a PayPal account.
Repo link: repo.twickd.com
Limneos – Limneos repo is one of the older repo since 2010. Answering Machine XS, Audio Recorder XS, and BioProtect XS tweaks are the famous tweaks for iPhone XS available on Limneos.
Repo link: limneos.net/repo/
Julioverne – This is the best place to download cool tweaks for older iOS devices. A tweak called LowerInstall allows you to download apps on non-supported devices.
c1d3r – The most popular PullOver Pro (multitask on iOS) & ChargeAnimations Cydia tweaks you can download from this repo.
Repo link: c1d3r.com/repo
Amazing Jailbreak Themes
Snowboard – Snowboard is a theming engine for Jailbroken devices. It is a wallpaper-setting interface to get the theme from Cydia. Currently this is the best theme engine for latest iOS 14 & higher versions.
First jailbreak your iPhone or iPad using Unc0ver or Checkra1n.
Add the Packix repo from Cydia. Once added, search for SnowBoard and install it.
Now you will find the SnowBoard settings in the Settings app on your iPhone and iPad.
Finally, you need to download a snowboard theme that you want, then you can apply the theme from SnowBoard in Cydia settings.
How to install Snowboard themes
Step 01 – Open Cydia, Search the theme you want to install and install it.
Step 02 – Go to SnowBoard in Settings.
Step 03 – Tap on Select Theme > Enable > Apply when prompted.
Step 04 – Now the theme will be installed.
Here are the few best iOS themes.
Muse4 – Clean icon theme with a wide range of stunning gradients.
Viola – More than 1800 icons including 15+ Alternate Icons, 8 Dark Wallpapers, and more.
iOS Big Sur – iOS Big Sur Theme a lot like macOS Big Sur Theme
Stencil Theme – Stencil includes features like respiring logo, control center, settings, and share sheet icons in main and glyph versions, Status Bar UI, badges, page dots, activity spinners & more
Aroma – This is inspired by the colors of nature and it contains 500 icons, 10 AE, 3 badges, 2 dots, 3 docks, 1 switch, setting icons, dialer numbers, icon bar
Best Cydia Games
Cydia consists of thousands of games not available on the App Store. Before installing some games, you will first need to download & install some emulators. Most popular emulators are gameboy4iphone, genesis4iphone, snes4iphone, etc. Game Boy Advance (GBA) series, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) etc.
Once you have installed the required emulator, you can play the following popular games through your jailbroken device.
Max Blue Champion
Crazy Castle 3
Dungeon Hunter 3 Hacks
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
Gameboy Gallery 3
Gangstar 3 IDA
Grand Theft Auto,Grand Theft Auto 2, Grand Theft Auto 3
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Need for Speed & any more
Cydia without PC
Cydia No computer is the easiest way. Normally, it needs to use a computer and the Cydia Impactor tool or any other sideload utility to run the jailbreak IPAs to install Cydia. When you use Cydia online methods, it never asks for PC support or Cydia Impactor tool support to complete the jailbreak.
Some famous sites and app stores provide online jailbreak apps.It has online jailbreak solutions for computer supported jailbreak tools such as Unc0ver, Chimera, Electra and more. Other online jailbreak apps work as alternative jailbreak solutions, which are not available semi-untethered or untethered Jailbreak tools. Zeon, Hexxa Plus, zJailbreak and Bregxi are the famous alternative No computer jailbreak solutions for Cydia.
Jailbreak app manager
Jailbreak app manager similar to the App Store which allows you to install & manage application’s data. Cydia is the default app manager for jailbroken devices from the beginning.
However there are few other Jailbreak app managers available now.
Sileo – Sileo is a modern package manager for Jailbroken devices. This Cydia alternative was developed by Electra and Atom Development. Sileo is the default app manager for Taurine, Odyssey & Chimera Jailbreak.
You can add Sileo on iOS 14 to iOS 14.8.1 once you jailbreak with Checkra1n through Cydia. Also, you can jailbreak iOS 14 to iOS 14.5.1 with Uncover and get sileo through Cydia. It will automatically install Sileo when you jailbreak iOS 14 – iOS 14.3 using Taurine. Also you can get Cydia with Sileo too.
Read more about Sileo.
Zebra – Zebra is an open source package manager. You can add new sources /tweaks, view available packages and upgrades, manage stores, and many more. Also, you can add Zebra repo from Cydia sources if you have a jailbroken device. Otherwise use the following instructions.
Installer 5 – Installer 5 is one of the fastest package managers available for jailbroken devices. You can get installer5 through Cydia, Sileo and Zebra without replacement. Add the apptapp.me/repo repository through them. AppTapp is the team behind the Installer 5.
zJailbreak is the best alternative for Cydia. It is compatible up to iOS 14.8.1 and iOS 15 – iOS 15.3. It consists of many jailbreak tweaks, Themes, hacked games, apps and many more, the same as the Cydia app store. Also, you can install a limited function Cydia app from zJailbreak directly.
How to install Cydia from zJailbreak
Step 01 – Download zJailbreak from below button.
Step 02 – Tap the Install button. It takes 2-5 seconds to detect your system data and download the zJailbreak profile to your device settings.
Step 03 – Go to your device settings, tap the zjailbreak profile, tap on “Install” and enter device passcode, tap “ Install” again and finally tap “Done.”
Step 04 – Now you can find the zJailbreak app store on your device homescreen. Just open it.
Step 05 – Now install Cydia from the most popular category.
Here are the other Cydia alternatives.
AppValley – AppValley is Cydia’s alternative for exploring great apps for free. You can download Appvalley without Jailbreaking. It is compatible with all latest iOS versions.
ZESTIA – Zestia is another popular Cydia alternative by Leon M’laiel. It was earlier known as X-cydia. Zestia will let you install jailbreak tweaks on your device and offers a list of exclusive premium apps that you will never find in the Apps store.
TweakBox – TweakBox is an alternative for Cydia store which is specially designed for iOS platforms. It is an app store and a tweak installer for iOS devices. TweakBox has Tweaked Apps, Flash Apps, modified games as well as you can install Apple app store paid and premium apps and games for free.
Emus4U – Emus4U is the Unofficial Third-party App Store. It has thousands of apps and games for download. It is a popular alternative for Cydia.
iNoCydia – iNoCydia is another popular web-based alternative for Cydia stores. It consists of the same Cydia features. It is compatible with older versions of iOS 7 to latest iOS 14. You can install Jailbreak tweaks from iNoCydia.
vShare SE / vShare VIP – vShare is an alternative to the Cydia app store. It installs cracked apps on iOS devices from outside of the Apple App Store. vShare SE offers free premium apps. vShare VIP offers duplicate apps feature and it costs $10 subscription annually.
iTweak.vip cydia – iTweak.vip is a website for iTweak. iTweak is a jailbreak app store for jailbroken and no jailbroken iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, filled with tweaks, themes, Utilities. This is one of Cydia alternatives as well as Apple App store alternatives. This App store helps to customize iDevice. iTweak.vip works on Android platform as well as iOS platform.It is available in many more apps under iTweak.vip, which is provided by the iTweak team. Just click any of iTweak from your device to install it.
Other than Cydia, Saurik has launched many tools. Cydia Substrate (formerly Mobile Substrate) is another valuable project from Saurik. It can be used to develop third party addons for iOS and Android. When it causes boot trouble, it can be forced to go safe mode using Cydia Substrate. It is supposed to work with iOS 2.0 through iOS 14.
Saurik has started updating Substrate for iOS 14 pushing 0.9.7102 after the first iOS 14 beta. Now Cydia Substrate has been updated to version 0.9.7113 fixes support for iOS 14.5.
Cydia Impactor is a graphical user interface (GUI) builder to arrange graphical control elements using a drag and drop editor. This tool is very useful to install IPA files on iOS versions and APK files on Android. Most important thing is the latest Cydia impactor tool is available for Windows, Mac or Linux OSes. Currently, he is not attending to update the tool and he said it works with an Apple developer account.
Cydia Eraser is a tool and It helps to revert iOS versions by removing all the changes which you made with Cydia. Cydia Eraser removes the jailbreak completely from your iDevice by clearing all the jailbreak apps and files.
Most people ask, what is the Cydia Extender? It is a part of the latest Cydia Impactor release. It is a tool which allows you to browse, install and resign applications without a computer. However it asks the paid developer account to work. Otherwise you cannot install the Extender.
Official Cydia website
Jay Freeman (saurik) is the developer of Cydia. He is an American businessman and software engineer as well as technology Consultant. cydia.saurik.com is the official Cydia site. He created Cydia & related jailbroken software to customize the iOS devices. Cydia package manager initially released February 2008.
Saurik has completed other projects like Anakrino, Cycorder, Cycript, Cyrket, Telesphoreo, Quotes, ircWAB and more.
Common Cydia Errors
Normally users get Cydia errors during the process or once completed. Here are some common errors & how to fix these common errors.
Error – Cydia can’t open
To fix : Check your internet connection whether it is working properly.Sometimes, Cydia is not capable of loading when connection is too slow. Also check the time and date settings in your iOS device.
Error – Cydia can’t remove tweaks
To Fix – Uninstall cydia substrate. It will remove all your tweaks. Then you need to install the cydia substrate again and preference after uninstalling the cydia substrate.
Error – Cydia can’t upgrade packages
To Fix -You need to refresh the sources, Cydia > Sources > Refresh.
Error – Cydia can’t add repoTo fix – Use uncover Settings to clear Cydia cache.
Error – Cydia is crashing or Cydia is not working
To Fix -It means your installation is incomplete. It may be that something went wrong during the installation. You need to re-jailbreak your device.
Error – Cydia Sources Not Working
To fix – It appears when your Cydia has reached the maximum allowed packages. Remove unwanted Cydia sources
Error – Can’t find a source to download.
To Fix : Close theCydia from app switcher. Then refresh your sources.
Error – Cydia is not working after installing a package
To Fix – Use New Term 2 or ssh and dpkg -r fun.ignition.name of the package.
Error – Cydia error 401 or 403 or 404 or 503
To Fix – Package hosting repo is offline. wait till it is online again.
Jailbreak tools to get Cydia – More info & Step guides
Checkra1n Jailbreak- Checkra1n semi tethered tool available for iOS 14 – iOS 14.8.1 jailbreak to download Cydia.
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X , iPad 2 , iPad Mini (1st gen), iPad (3rd gen), iPad (4th gen), iPad mini 4, iPad Pro (12.9 in.) 1st gen, iPad 2018 (6th gen), iPad 2019, (7th gen), iPad Pro 10.5″ (2017), iPad Pro 12.9″ 2nd Gen (2017), iPod Touch (5th Gen)
iPhone XS, XS MAX, XR & iPhone 11, 11 pro,11 Pro max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 pro, iPhone 12 pro max, iPhone 12 mini aren’t compatible with CheckRa1n. Use another iOS 14 – iOS 14.8.1 jailbreak solution.
Compatible iOS versions
iOS 14, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.1, iOS 14.2, iOS 14.2.1, iOS 14.3, iOS 14.4, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.5, iOS 14.5.1, iOS 14.6, iOS 14.7, iOS 14.7.1, iOS 14.8, iOS 14.8.1
How to download Cydia using Checkra1n
Step 01 – Download the Checkra1n dmg file from the above button.
Step 02 – Drag the Checkra1n file into the Applications.
Step 03 – Make sure to turn off filevault. Otherwise you cannot run the Checkra1n application on your Mac. Then go to the General tab —> Allow.
Step 04 – Connect the Mac and the device. Then Run the Checkra1n app —> Start —> Next —> wait until respring for the device.
Step 05 – Go head with —> Start again —> Turn the device into DFU mode by pressing the Side button and Volume down button as the instructions right of the window.
Step 06 – Now, it will start the jailbreak. Wait until it is complete. After completing the jailbreak process, the Checkra1n app will be added on your device homescreen.
Step 07 – Run the Checkra1n application located on your homescreen. Click on Cydia —> Install Cydia —> Done. Now Cydia will download and Install on your iOS 14 – iOS 14.8.1 device. Check your device homescreen.
Electra jailbreak – Electra is and most reliable semi-untethered jailbreak tool to download Cydia. It is developed by the Coolstar & Electra team.
iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Phone 7 & 7 Plus, iPhone 6S & 6S Plus, iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4S, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad mini, iPad 2, iPad 3rd gen, iPad 4th gen, iPod Touch 6G, iPod Touch 5G
Compatible iOS versions
iOS 11.4.1, iOS 11.4, iOS 11.3.1, iOS 11.3, iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.2, iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11
Step 01 – Download the Electra.IPA according to your iOS version from the following button and download Cydia impactor from above of this page.
Step 02 – Connect your device to the PC or Mac. Run the Cydia Impactor from your computer. Drag the downloaded Electra IPA into the Cydia impactor.
Step 03 – It will require entering your Apple ID and password to sideload Electra.IPA to your device.
Step 04 – When the sideloading process completes, you can find the Electra Jailbreak app on your device homescreen.
Step 05 – Verify the developer profile heading through the Settings → General and Profile and Device management → Trust.
Step 06 – Then run the Electra app on your device and Tap the Jailbreak button to begin the Jailbreak.
Step 07 – Once the jailbreak process completes, your device will reboot and Cydia appears on your device homescreen.
Note – You have to re-jailbreak the device after every reboot because this is a Semi-Untethered jailbreak. Also you can get an Online Jailbreak guide from Electra Jailbreak page.