Hello sirs! I am new to using iOS devices (I recently got an iPhone as a gift). Upon digging for some information, one of the biggest draws of iOS devices is the fact it can be jailbroken. And upon more research, I came across a term called Cydia, which is something that will allow me to customize my iPhone as much as I want. However, I've been reading up on some tutorials on how to jailbreak and I found it is not for me. That's my way of saying I am technologically challenged. Call me a "tech idiot" if you will. Is there any way I can get Cydia without jailbreaking? Is it possible to download Cydia and not mess with the technical steps like jailbreaks? Thank you so much in advance for answering my question.
Asked by: Aleksi from Helsinki, Finland
Hi Aleksi! Congratulations on your new iPhone and hopefully, you'll find it enjoyable in Apple's garden. As for your question, I'm afraid it isn't possible to get Cydia without jailbreaking. To put it bluntly, Cydia is pretty much synonymous with jailbreaking, as Cydia is the ultimate reason why you jailbreak your device. When you jailbreak, you are installing Cydia, which is a third-party digital distribution platform. Think of it as the "other" App Store, but it's completely unauthorized by Apple. With Cydia installed, you can download various apps and tweaks helping you enhance and customize your iPhone. With that said, installing Cydia is not possible without jailbreaking, and there's no point to jailbreak if you don't install Cydia.
As for the jailbreaking process itself, it's not really that difficult. Things may seem confusing for first-timers but once you get the hang of it, you'll find it's not that bad. Makers of jailbreak tools, like the iPhone Dev-Team are making sure their utilities are easy to use, even for beginners. Nowadays, with a few clicks, you'll be able to jailbreak your device. This website provides all sorts of tutorials for jailbreaking your iOS device. Make sure you have the proper requirements, like the supported device and firmware version. To understand more about jailbreaking, it's highly recommended you check out this featured post.