Frequently Asked Questions

Cydia is well-known across the iOS community but there are some who don’t know much about it; for you, we have the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about Cydia.

cydia icon 120px small

Can Cydia Be Installed without Jailbreaking ?

Yes it can. Many people believe that a jailbreak is needed to install Cydia because it isn’t an official iOS app and can’t be downloaded from the official app store. However, we are going to show you a way to install it on your iPhone or iPad without needing to jailbreak first.

Is Cydia Safe to Use on the iPhone?

Installing Cydia on your device requires you to install a jailbreak first. While these are fully tested by the developers, they do require root access to your iOS firmware and that means breaking into the security measures that Apple has in place. This does leave holes that are potential entry points for viruses or malware but there have been few reports of this in all the years Cydia has been in existence. If you are concerned, there are plenty of Cydia alternatives that do not require a jailbreak to work but are not as comprehensive as Cydia is.

What Benefits Do I Get From Jailbreaking ?

When you install a jailbreak, you are given access to Cydia, a third-party app store that contains many tweaks and modifications that can help you to get your device looking and working just how you want it. These tweaks have not been authorized by Apple but, because the jailbreak has broken through the security, you can use them. You can install themes, new ringtones,  tweaks that add extra functionality to the stock apps on your device, and modifications that add new functionality.

Is It Safe to Jailbreak ?

When you jailbreak your iOS device, the utility that you use will break a hole in the iOS security barrier, taking you out of the safe environment Apple built for you and dropping you into a new world of apps – some are excellent, others are full of malware, will crash your device and are generally not good to use. Caution is advised and you should only use the app sources that are included with Cydia as standard as these are generally safe to use.  If you update the iOS firmware on your device, it will remove the jailbreak and there may not be a new one available for the new firmware.

Is Jailbreaking Illegal ?

No it is not. In 2012, The Library of Congress ruled it as a legal exemption to the DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and that makes it legal to do.

What is Cydia Used For?

Cydia can be downloaded from It is a package management system for iOS mobile devices. It contains several packages, each of which has a selection of apps, tweaks and modifications that you can download and install on your jailbroken iOS device. Cydia is also referred to as a digital distribution platform for unofficial iOS software.

Is It Illegal To Use Cydia ?

In the USA, it is perfectly legal to use Cydia but, should you need to return your iOS device to an Apple store for repair, Apple may void your warranty if the device is jailbroken. Usually, it would be illegal in the USA under the copyright laws the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has defined but, for now, it has been ruled legal.

Is Cydia Free ?

Cydia is free to use with any jailbreak tool. It is a third-party app store and iOS installer for tweaks but you do need the jailbreak to get it. Alternatives that do not require Cydia but are also free include TweakBox, an external store that contains flash apps, tweaked apps, modified games and thousands of other paid apps from the iOS app store for free. Another alternative is the web-based iNoCydia, another free store that contains many of the Cydia features,

What Can Cydia Do ?

Cydia is a jailbreak app store that is similar to the official iOS app store with one difference. In Cydia, you get customized apps and modifications that you can apply to your device. In Cydia, you can download these modifications, update them and manage them easily on your jailbroken device but the only way to get it is to install a jailbreak tool.

Can You Install Cydia without Jailbreak ?

No. Cydia is packaged with the jailbreak tools and will not work without one. However, there are plenty of Cydia alternatives that provide a great deal of what Cydia offers without having to install the jailbreak first. Check out our list of the top Cydia alternatives that provide modified apps and games for free on your iPhone or iPad without needing to jailbreak first.

Is It Safe To Jailbreak ?

When you jailbreak, you break through the security chains that Apple wraps the iOS in and this means that you can do things Apple wouldn’t normally allow you to do, including running third-party software. It is perfectly legal to jailbreak, it is safe to do provided you use official sources for the jailbreak tools and you can do some cool stuff on your device once you have done it,

What Apps Are On Cydia ?

cydia 3g unrestricted apps

Cydia has thousands of apps and tweaks on offer and the following are our top picks for the absolute best:

  • Auxo. So many developers have tried and essentially failed to breathe new life into iOS multi-tasking; Auxo is the best and is the one that Apple is most likely to “steal” and use as their own idea …
  • BiteSMS, Messages+ …
  • iFile. …
  • Merge. …
  • NoNewsIsGoodNews.
  • Sparrow+ …
  • TetherMe. …
  • Zephyr. …

Is Cydia Impactor A Jailbreak ?

cydia impactor screen

No, it is not. Cydia Impactor is a useful tool that we use to sign IPA files or apps and install them on our iOS devices without a jailbreak. It is a pretty incredible piece of software, working on Mac, Windows and Linux platforms and it can do several things on Android and iOS mobile devices.

How Do You Add Sources ?

Adding new sources to Cydia is pretty easy; just follow these steps:

  1. Launch Cydia on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap on Manage > Sources and you will see a list of sources already included in Cydia cydia home large
  3. In the top right corner of the screen, tap Edit
  4. In the top left, tap Add
  5. Type in the source URL that you want to add as a repository in Cydia
  6. Click on Add Sourcecyda_ios_ _repo_source3

That’s all for now but this page will be updated with new FAQ on a regular basis. If you have a question that we haven’t answered, post it in the comments box below or Contact Us and we will do our best to answer it for you. Like this page on Facebook, click Following>See First and you will see al updates to the page as they are published.

*Please let us know if the Download LINKS on this page are NOT WORKING.

1 thought on “Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. I had helix but after two weeks I woke up one morning and grabbed my phone and found that helix wasn’t working. All the tweaks I had were off and everything was back to normal. I went in to the Helix app to hit the jailbreak button to turn it back on because I thought that my phone must have died or turned off somehow but the app crashed and I couldn’t even enter it. I also tried going into Cydia but that crashed too. I was so confused and didn’t know what was going on. I ultimately deleted Helix a week later and tried to redownload it from my Mac to see if that would fix everything. Once I selected my phone on Cydia impactor and tried to download it, it wouldn’t download and some notification came up and said that it wasn’t available or something. So now I can’t even download Helix back, but I still have Cydia on my phone. But, I also can use that either because it crashes every time I enter it. Just a white screen and then boom back to the homepage.

Leave a Comment