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Cydia was created by Jay Freeman aka Saurik and it is a third party independent installer for your iPhone. It is very much like Apples App Store except for the fact that it is for jailbroken idevices. Cydia has thousands of great free applications and is a giant repository collection where users will find apps from various communities.

When you install Cydia on your jailbroken iPhone you get access to even more great apps. Cydia collects all the repositories from the community sites and provides users with a huge list of applications, tweaks and customizations that can only run on jailbroken devices. In 2009 Cydia introduced a simple unified payment system that allows software developers to sell packages and users can pay via PayPal or Amazon Payments. In September 2009 Cydia gave users the option to downgrade or upgrade their devices to versions of iOS. Cydia caches the SHSS blobs used by Apple and this allows users to downgrade their device to a prior version of iOS.

Cydia was first released in February 2008 and as of April 2011, Cydia has $10 million in annual revenue and 4.5 million weekly users.

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Famed Jailbreak Hacker Comex Has Joined iMods – A Cydia Alternative

Nicholas Allegra aka Comex

When it comes to the channel to get jailbreak apps and tweaks, it has always been about Cydia. In fact for many years now, jailbreaking is pretty much synonymous with Cydia. However, it seems that there is an alternative to Cydia called iMods which is under works. In another interesting...

How to Add Cydia Sources on iOS 8 in Your iPhone or iPad

Cydia APT URL

Installing Cydia tweaks is arguably the main reason why many people jailbreak their iOS device. However before you can install Cydia apps and tweaks, you will need sources or repositories. Upon jailbreaking, you will have access to default sources / repos like BigBoss and ModMyi. However, there are cases where...

How to Manually Install Cydia After iOS 8.1 Jailbreak With Pangu

How to Manually Install Cydia After iOS 8.1 Jailbreak

We have previously shared a guide on how to jailbreak iOS 8.1 using Pangu. However, the jailbreak tool Pangu for iOS 8 does not install Cydia by default. Of course, to get the most out of your jailbroken device, you need to have Cydia. While Cydia will surely be bundled...

How to Customize iOS 7 Control Center on Jailbroken iPhone

Customize iOS 7 Control Center on Jailbroken iPhone_feat

One can say that the Control Center is one of the best new features of iOS 7. Why do you think the SBSettings tweak became such a hit? Apple has really a done a good job of including such a functionality in iOS 7 with the Control Center. However, its...

Top 6 Best Touch ID Jailbreak Tweaks for iPhone 5s

Top 6 Best Touch ID Jailbreak Tweaks for iPhone 5s

The Touch ID is undoubtedly the most popular feature of Apple's latest handset, the iPhone 5s. With the jailbreak being available to all iOS 7 supported devices, it was not long enough before we see an influx of Cydia tweaks for the iPhone 5s' main selling feature, the Touch ID....

How to Improve iOS 7 Text Selection on iPhone

SwipeSelection Cydia Featured

While iOS has long established itself as a very solid mobile operating system, there are plenty of annoyances about the system as well. One long-time annoyance that I have with iOS is when trying to edit text messages, emails, iMessages and others, due to how you select words and phrases....

Springtomize 3 for iOS 7 Now Available in Cydia

Springtomize 3 for iOS 7

At this point, loads of jailbreak tweaks and apps are now being created and ported over to iOS 7. And speaking of Cydia tweaks being ported to iOS 7, one very popular product that hasn't made its way to Cydia yet is Filippo Bigarella's Springtomize. Well, that is until now...

How to Completely Remove Slow Animations & Speed Up iOS 7

NoSlowAnimations Cydia Tweak

Have you ever felt disoriented and sick ever since iOS 7? Plenty of folks have complained of getting motion sickness while using their iDevice which was due to the new animations and effects (parallax) with Apple's latest mobile OS. Reducing motion via the Accessibility menu can improve things a bit...

Top 16 Best iOS 7 Jailbreak Tweaks & Apps You Should Try

Top 16 Best iOS 7 Jailbreak Tweaks You Should Try

Now that the dust has settled down with the iOS 7 jailbreak, it's high time that we get to play around with some jailbreak tweaks and apps. With iOS 7 being a new, revamped OS and whatnot, it's expected that not all Cydia tweaks are updated for compatibility. However, there...

Apex Cydia Tweak Gives A Cool New Way to Manage & Access Folders

Apex Cydia Tweak

There hasn't been much action going as of late in Cydia which can only be attributed to the release of iOS 7. However, there are still numerous noteworthy tweaks that are worth bringing into your attention. With the iOS 6.1.3 / 6.1.4 untethered jailbreak looming in the horizon, we thought...