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How to Fix Cydia Stuck on Preparing Filesystem?

Hi, I am a new to jailbreak community, I just jailbroke my iPhone 4 using Redsn0w for iOS 4.3.3. The jailbreaking process finished properly. However, after rebooting my device and launching Cydia it gets stuck on "Preparing Filesystem" screen. I have tried to re-jailbreak several times but no luck. What should I do now? Any suggestions? Thanks.

Asked by: Carol from New York, New York

Carol, please try to reboot your jailbroken iPhone 4 for several times and then launch Cydia to see if you have fixed the issue. Well, this issue is quite normal due to large traffic as there are countless iOS jailbreak users using Cydia and visiting Cydia Store. If you still got the error, then I would recommend you to rejailbreak your iPhone using Redsn0w 0.9.6RC19. You can download Redsn0w 0.9.6RC19 for Mac OS X or Windows. Then check this blog post for the detailed step by step guide on how to jailbreak iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3.3 using Redsn0w.

If you still got the error after re-jailbreaking your iPhone 4, then the only way to fix it is through restoring your iPhone to the latest iPhone firmware – the iOS 4.3.5. I hope that you have saved iOS 4.3.3 SHSH blobs so that you will be able to downgrade your iPhone back to iOS 4.3.3 due to the fact that there’s no untethered jailbreak support available for iOS 4.3.5. The steps on how to downgrade iPhone using TinyUmbrella can be found here.

Got no SHSH blobs? No worries because you can create a signed IPSW file which can be restored o your device through iTunes. You can check this blog post on how to create signed IPSW using iFaith SHSH Blobs Dumper.
Fix Cydia Preparing FileSystem

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    8Rez1 year ago

    Mine took a 2min

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    88ender881 year, 9 months ago

    mine took a solid 5 min

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    Jailbreak whiz2 years, 1 month ago

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      Alan1 year, 4 months ago

      facts use pangu

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    Caperr3 years, 6 months ago

    My ipod touch 4th gen IOS 6.1.2 was jailbroken by evasi0n, and when i open cydia(never jailbroken before, forgive if i’m an idiot), i get the preparing filesystem screen for about two seconds then the ipod restarts it’s self. i don’t know if this is the same problem, but i still don’t want to restore my ipod. any ideas?

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      austin1 year ago

      i have the same problem but with my iphone 4s on 8.4

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    The Artist3 years, 12 months ago

    Just wait. It took 10 minutes for my Ipod to prepare the filesystem, be patient. If it still doesn’t work, try to restore it and than rejailbreak it.

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    Muneer4 years ago

    Hi, I am a new to jailbreak community, I just jailbroke my iPod tech using Redsn0w for iOS 5.1 The jailbreaking process finished properly. However, after rebooting my device and launching Cydia it gets stuck on “Preparing Filesystem” and restart screen. I have tried to re-jailbreak several times but no luck. What should I do now? Any suggestions? Thanks.Asked by: Muneerpp Kerala, India