Jailbreaking your phone and installing Cydia has its advantages. For one, you can access tools and application that are not officially on the App store. However, caution may be advised as the activity is frowned upon by Apple. If you want to know how to jailbreak your device and install Cydia then you have come to the right place as the article exactly that!
First of all, you need to jailbreak your device. After that, you can then install Cydia. Although the two almost go hand in hand, they are not the same as Cydia is considered to be a third-party application.
Jailbreaking your Phone
When jailbreaking your iPhone, iPod or iTouch, the very first thing you need to do is determine your iOS version. This is critical as each version of the iOS has its specific jailbreak application.
You can determine the version of your iOS by tapping the Settings > General Category > About. There will be a version entry and it will tell you the exact iOS version of your device.
The next step is to download the right jailbreaking software. There are different kinds of jailbreaking apps as of now, find one that suits your situation and your preference.
The popular ones are (click for download links):
Although, different jailbreaking apps may vary on the exact steps on jailbreaking, but the general idea is to extract the app after you have downloaded it to your laptop or desktop.
You simply need to run the jailbreaking software on your laptop or desktop by double-clicking on it while your device is connected. The jaibreaking application may install a jaibreaking icon on your device.
Before you start jailbreaking your device, you might want to back it up in case of problems.
When you are ready, just let the jailbreaking icon run in your device by tapping on it. Your device may reboot a couple of times.
When the jailbreaking software is finally finished with the process, you will have now a jailbroken device.
Usually, the jailbreaking software already includes the installation of Cydia and you will a Cydia icon after the jailbreaking software is done.
It is recommended that you find a jailbreak app that already automatically installs Cydia as it makes the entire process less confusing and more convenient.
However, just to make this guide thorough, below are a few steps of installing Cydia.
Make sure that your device is jailbroken before you attempt Cydia. Once that is done, you need to download the latest Cydia DEB file. You can download it from apt.saurik.com/cydia/debs/. Save the file to any location in your computer.
Next, you need to connect your device to your computer. You will also need to get an SFTP program so you can transfer files from your computer to your device. If you have already have an SFTP program, then click a “test connection” command to make sure everything is in order.
Next, you need to transfer the Cydia DEB file to your device’s /private/var/mobile/documents/. The pathway must be exact otherwise it won’t work.
Finally, you simply need to access the same path within your device and tap the Cydia DEB file. You will be given 3 options. Choose the “Installer” and ignore the other two. Cydia will then install on your device automatically.
A jailbroken device can set your device free from the limitations placed by its manufacturers. If you are looking for a guide about how to jailbreak your phone and install Cydia, then hopefully, this article is of great help.