If you’ve grown way too accustomed with you Apple user interface and you simply want a change without having to actually change your device, it may be time to consider jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Jailbreaking opens up lots of possibilities, since one of its main features is to allow the installation of third party app installers, like Cydia.
You must know that Cydia cannot be installed as a standalone package, being available only as an installation option. The jailbreaking process is not very complicated for the users that know how it’s done, but if you are a newbie, you might want to consider reading this article further.
First of all, you must understand that the jailbreaking process is not only about downloading and installing Cydia, it’s about removing all kind of limitations imposed by Apple on their devices, and gaining Root access to all the features embedded in their iOS devices. Cydia will only allow you to browse the repositories containing apps, games and tweaks and to install cracked Cydia apps freely and in most cases free of charge.
You will first have to choose the way you want to jailbreak your iOS device; since there are plenty of options, we’ve taken the liberty to compile a short list of tools to choose from like: Redsn0w, Greenpois0n, Sn0wbreeze, Evasi0n or Absinthe. If you are uncertain of the way these tools work you should continue reading our tutorial on how to download and install Cydia.
In order to Jailbreak your iDevice you can go for iJailbreak Shop and within few mins your iDevice will be Jailbreak and ready to use the Cydia features.
After the jailbreaking process is complete, you just need to open up the Cydia download app on your iDevice. The first time is the hardest in most cases and this time there is no exception since Cydia will be initializing its file system, and afterwards will exit and restart the app.
The next step is to configure the type of interface Cydia will display to you and the standard filters. All this can be achieved by choosing from 3 installation options: User, Hacker and Developer. The recommended one is User since the interface provided will be graphical only.
In the next step you are pretty much a passenger since Cydia will automatically download the installation packages needed for configuration and installation; you may however see the progress bar and the Downloading Packages notification. After this step is complete you need to allow the Cydia database to index.
In the next phase of the installation, you will be prompted to upgrade your Cydia package and you will need to choose one of three options: Upgrade Essential, Complete Upgrade and Ignore. The last one is just temporary since you will be prompted again for upgrade after choosing it. The actual installation option that you will need to make is Complete Upgrade, and we urge you to do it, since otherwise it is very likely to encounter errors along the way.
You will need to wait until the upgrade process is complete, afterwards you will need to restart Cydia.
This concludes the installation and download Cydia for free. The next thing to do on your list is to install and add Cydia repositories in order to find and install your desired Cydia apps, games and tweaks. Pay great attention to the Cydia repos you select to use, since choosing the wrong repo might damage your iOS device. Remember: not all repositories are to be trusted, especially since the wrong choice of apps and tweaks may irrevocably damage your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
In conclusion of our tutorial, we encourage users to try and manage carefully the content they choose to install using Cydia, and while we encourage the usage of Cydia to install the best free apps tweaks and games out there, we urge you to do some research before adding to your device everything you can find. The quality of your Apple experience might diminish and you will be left with a bricked device, so pay great attention.