While Apple has the App Store, jailbreakers have Cydia Store, the third party app store. However, if we speak in historical terms, Cydia was actually the first App Store revealed to the public. It was available to use since the first iOS version was released on all iDevices and it allowed users to download useful apps and tweaks on their devices.
Now, if you want to make use of Cydia, you need to start jailbreak first. With the release of iOS 6, we have the possibility to perform untethered iOS 6.1.2 jailbreak using Evasion, the jailbreak tool. When the jailbreak is complete, users will be able to see the Cydia icon on their homescreen.
If you want to be able to use Cydia Store in order to download great useful Cydia apps, tweaks, themes or games, first, you need to know everything related to Cydia. First of all, on Cydia, you are able to find free apps as well as paid ones. The third-party Store works on repositories or sources. These sources are huge platforms, which contain thousands of apps. At the beginning, Cydia offers several default sources, but since some users do not consider this to be enough, there is also the possibility to add new ones in order to increase chances to download interesting apps.
Launching Cydia for the First Time
As I already told you, Cydia is not a program or an app you install on your device. In order to use Cydia, you need to start jailbreak on your device. Fortunately, for this, users have several useful jailbreak tools to use. The jailbreak is safe and secure, and it does not show any problems.
Therefore, when you complete the jailbreak process, you will be able to see the Cydia icon on your Springboard. Tap on it in order to launch Cydia Store. At this time, the third-party store will restart automatically in order to download the required packages. This process will take some time, but it is required. A pop-up window will be displayed requiring users to Install Essentials. Wait until Cydia does its job, and restart it once again.
When you launch Cydia once again, you will have to create an account in order to register within Cydia Store. In the same time, if you want to save yourself from the trouble, you can easily use your Facebook or Google account for this action. Cydia Store is easy to use. It displays five important tabs: the Homepage, Sections, Manage, Changes and Search. Each one of these five tabs offers its options and features.
As I mentioned earlier, users have the possibility to add alternative sources in order to increase the possibilities to find the apps they want. In this case, you need to know how to add new sources within your device.
1. Launch Cydia Store from your Homescreen.
2. Go to the Manage tab, where you can manage your Cydia sources. Here, you will see three available sections. First one, the Packages section you are able to see the installed packages while in the last one, you are able to see how much storage space you have used within your device. However, in the second one, users are able to add new Cydia sources or to remove existing ones.
3. Click on the Edit option. In the top left corner, you will be able to see the Add URL option. At this time, a new window will appear.
4. In the new window, you will have to add the Cydia URL. Once you are done, you will be able to see the new source displayed under the “Entered by User” section.
This was all. Now you have multiple sources to search for the right apps for you. You can add as many repos as you want with less effort and time.
When installing Cydia on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, users gain multiple benefits and advantages. Let me show you a few examples of what you will be able to do within your device when you use Cydia to download the best apps.
First of all, through jailbreaking and Cydia, users have the possibility to pass over Apple restrictions and manage the operating system files. Normally, this thing is not possible since Apple does not allow users to change anything related to the OS. In the same time, you can add alterative third party apps that you cannot find on the app Store.
In the same time, one of the biggest Cydia advantage is the full customization of an iDevice. Through Cydia, you can add themes, customization apps and tweaks in order to change your device in the best way possible. With the right Cydia apps, you can add multiple new features to your device and customize its appearance completely.
With the help of Cydia Store, users are able to download free premium apps and tweaks, as well as amazing games and emulators for video game consoles.
Cydia Store represents the most complex app Store for all iDevice, the place where users are able to find almost everything they are interested in, and sometimes, even free of charge.