How to use Cydia: Complete apps guide


How to use Cydia: Complete apps guide

In the following guide you will learn how to use the Cydia app portal: all the inside secrets, how to upgrade Cydia, update your apps, search for applications, install new ones and remove / uninstall existing apps. For this you are going to need a jailbroken Apple device, like the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPod touch, iPod 2G, iPad etc. If you are not jailbroken yet, we have several guides to help you.

Why to jailbreak and install the Cydia portal? Well, Cydia offers you options. Wonderful options. Using Cydia, you get access to countless applications, games and themes. You can tweak your device and really make it stand out from the crowd. Nowadays, everyone has an iPhone. So why won’t you make yours unique? If you are not yet convinced, read the line bellow to see more of what Cydia has to offer.


What is Cydia?

Cydia is an application portal. That means you can install new applications only if you go through this portal. After you jailbreak your Apple device, you should see the Cydia icon on your springboard, like in the first pic below. If you touch it, you will see the next two screens, while the portal loads the sources and then launches the menu.

Cydia on Springboard

How to upgrade / update Cydia ?

By upgrading Cydia you upgrade the portal itself, and not the applications you download. These updates are used to fix some casual bugs, exploits and eventually update the apps list, as some of them require a specific version of Cydia. This is an automated process, and cannot be started manually like the update of an antivirus. It can only happen when you see the “Essential” upgrades screen bellow.

  1. Press Upgrade Essential.

    Upgrade Essential

  2. Press Confirm.

    Confirm Button

  3. Wait for the “Complete” screen and then press “Close Window”.

    Close Window

  4. Press the home key, and then re-open Cydia to continue.

How to search for Cydia Apps

The Cydia search screen works similar to the search function of Windows 7 / Vista. As you type the desired words, search results are appearing bellow of your box. If you do not find what you want, make sure you search for it later, as apps are added constantly. How to begin?

  1. Open Cydia from the Springboard.

  2. Press Search.

  3. Type your search into the box on the top of the screen.

    Search Box

  4. Select the desired application and use the following steps to install it.

    App menu

How to install Cydia Apps

OK, you just searched for your favorite app and now you want to install it:

  1. Open Cydia from the Springboard.

  2. Press the install button located at the bottom of the screen.

    Categories Menu

  3. A categories menu will appear. Browse to the category that your application has.

  4. Search for the desired application and then select it.

    I Found Macman

  5. Press the install button located on the top-right part of the screen.

    Install Button

  6. Touch on confirm to begin the process. Have patience for a few moments, as your screen will change and update you with progress.


  7. Press “Close window” on the “Complete” screen.

    The complete screen

  8. You should find the app installed on the SpringBoard.

    Your newly installed app

How to update Cydia Apps

Some applications may require an update. With Cydia, this process is done automatically, needing only some confirmations steps to complete. You can see if any updates are available through the “Changes” menu on the bottom of the Cydia screen. Beware, as not all changes notifications refer to updates for your installed apps. Here you can be notified on any new Cydia apps.

  1. Go to Cydia.

  2. Press the “Changes” menu located on the bottom screen.

    Changes Menu

  3. Press the “Upgrade All” button on the top-right side.

    Upgrade All

  4. Press “Confirm” to begin the updating process.

How to remove / uninstall or reinstall Cydia Apps

If you want to remove, uninstall or reinstall any Cydia app, follow the steps bellow:

  1. Go to Cydia.

  2. Press the “Manage” tab on the bottom.


  3. Find the application you want to remove.

  4. Press “Modify” on the top-right corner.


  5. Choose “Reinstall” or “Remove” on the next screen.

    Choose your destiny

  6. Press “Confirm” on the top-right corner to begin the process.


  7. Wait for the “Complete” screen and that’s it.

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