5 Cydia Tips & Tricks

An iOS 8.4 jailbreak is finally out and if you want to take full advantage of Cydia, here are five Cydia tips and tricks.

The iOS 8.4 jailbreak released earlier this week to much fanfare, and it released hot on the heels of the iOS 8.4 update itself, arriving just a couple of hours after the update was pushed out. This is certainly good news for jailbreakers, as it allows them to run the latest version of iOS jailbroken.

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However, for those who may just be starting out in the jailbreaking community, you may not be completely familiar with a lot of the features that jailbreaking offers. For instance, Cydia is the backbone to the iOS 8.4 jailbreak, acting as the main facilitator for all jailbreak tweaks. Because of this, it can be good to know the ins and outs of Cydia.

Cydia is fairly simple to use once you get used to the interface and learn how it works, but to novice jailbreakers, Cydia can be a little daunting at first. Even after you learn the basics, there are a few tips and tricks that you can take advantage of to make your jailbreaking experience even better.

Without further ado, here are five Cydia tips and tricks to try out the next time you open up the jailbreak app store.

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Tap “Search” to Show All Results

When you search for a jailbreak tweak in Cydia, you’ll get shown instant results, sort of like how indexed search works in Windows or Spotlight Search on Mac.

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However, the results that instantly pop up are actually just suggestions based on what you typed in and it doesn’t show all search results for the word or phrase that you entered in.

Because of this, when you search for a certain jailbreak tweak and it doesn’t show up in the list of instant results, try tapping Search to get all search results and see if the tweak you’re looking for shows up in the list at that point.

View Recently-Installed Tweaks

While you can view a list of the jailbreak tweaks that you have installed, the default view is by alphabetical order. However, you can change it so that you can view your tweaks based on when you install them and see recently-installed jailbreak tweaks.

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To do this, open up Cydia and go to the Installed tab on the bottom. Then at the top, tap on the Recent tab. At this point, you’ll see a list of jailbreak tweaks that you have installed, sorted by when you installed them and the date on which they were installed.

It’s not incredibly mind-blowing by any means, but it can be helpful to know when you installed certain tweaks in case you ever run into any problems in the future.

View “Changes” Tab to Discover New Tweaks

The Changes tab at the bottom gives you a list of jailbreak tweaks that were recently-updated, whether they’re installed on your device or not, but a great use for this section is discovering new tweaks.

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You probably know a handful of popular jailbreak tweaks, but after you install them, you might get a little bored and want to discover new jailbreak tweaks. You could search Google for some new tweaks, but Cydia already has you covered.

By simply visiting the Changes tab in Cydia, you can scroll through jailbreak tweaks that you may have never heard of before, and the best part is that these tweaks are alive and well since it shows recently-updated ones instead of dead tweaks that were never updated to begin with.

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Add and Remove a Repo

By default, Cydia comes with a short list of repos (a.k.a. repositories) that gives jailbreakers access to a big list of jailbreak tweaks. However, a handful of jailbreak tweak developers use their own repos to host their tweaks on, meaning that users have to manually add those repos to Cydia.

However, it’s really easy to add a repo to Cydia. Simply tap on the Sources tab at the bottom and then tap Edit in the top-right corner. Then tap Add and type in the repo URL. Then hit Add Source to add the repo to the list and wait for it to refresh.

To remove a repo, simply swipe to the left on one and tap Delete.

View Past Purchases

Cydia doesn’t keep a record of free tweaks that you download and install, but it does keep a record of any paid tweaks that you’ve purchased.

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This can come in handy if you restored your iPhone, but didn’t back up any of your tweaks (it’d be pretty awful to lose all of your paid tweaks). You can see a list of tweaks that you paid for and download them from that screen.

To view past purchases, select Manage Account on the Cydia home screen, then log in using either Facebook or Google. At that point, select Installable Purchases. This will bring up a list of all of the jailbreak tweaks that you’ve ever purchased, even if they’re not technically “installable.”

From there, you can tap on one to install it if it’s compatible.