Are you having trouble understanding what Cydia is? Although, many of us have jailbreaked our phone countless time, there are still the new additions to the crew, who don’t know how to. With all that `Cydia’ talk floating around, we are here to clear up all the confusions. Here is a step by step guide to help all you newbies out there, how to get Cydia.

Cydia Explained

So what really is Cydia? Cydia is the app store for phones that are jailbroken. All those apps and modifications that Apple has blocked for no reason other than, it does not want its outlook to be changed, are available on Cydia. It has become so associated with jailbreak, that one cannot go without the other. If you mention jailbreak, Cydia will crop up to.

How to Get Cydia

The first and foremost step to getting Cydia is to jailbreak your phone. Most jailbreaking methods install Cydia as part of the process, so you may already have it installed on your phone. Once you have got that down, make sure you have a working internet connection. Most people make it till here. The next hurdle is to begin functioning of the app, But how. To get Cydia to work on your device., open the app, usually located on the 2nd slide of your home screen.

Cydia will start initializing its repositories. Have patience, it might take a little time, but it is essential you don’t interrupt it. This will occur on the initial startup of the app, and once it is done, Cydia will automatically shut down. Not to worry though, this is supposed to happen. Restart the Cydia store to allow app to take you to a `who are you’ window. Provide your information and set yourself as `user’ in the designated `interaction method’ field. You can also choose `Hackers or Developers’ as the interaction method, but these are for more advanced usage and are not of much service to the average phone users.

 A notice will then pop on your phone screen, asking permission to check for updates. Allow Cydia to do so and follow the downloading progress at the top of the app. Once the download is complete, Cydia will ask you whether you want to upgrade only essential content, the complete package or just ignore it. Remember to upgrade the entire package. It is important for Cydia to run smoothly and not incur any errors. Once done with the entire process, restart the app.

Keeping Cydia Up to Date

Keep in mind, figuring out how to get Cydia is just the beginning, you have to keep it up to date for it to function optimally. Search and install new edition of Cydia to make sure you don’t run into many bugs. Saurik, which is the original company that created Cydia, releases new versions regularly. Install them as soon as they are available. To check for updates, all you have to do is open the Cydia app, ensure that you have a working internet connection, simply open the `changes’ option, visible at the bottom end of the app.

Press refresh, located at the extreme left on the top, it will show you whether any new updates are available. If any are in queue to be downloaded, select the `essential upgrade’ option this time. Cydia will update in the least time without changing any of your data or personalization. Confirm the task when prompted to. Have patience and wait for the status on the Cydia installer to show complete. Finish the process by restarting the app.

Wasn’t too difficult now, was it? If you follow these simple steps on how to get Cydia carefully, we guarantee you the successful installation of Cydia on your device.  You can then customize your phone, download themes, diversify your apps, pretty much do whatever your heart pleases with just a few finger taps. Isn’t that a bliss?

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