General The Beginners Guide to Jailbreaking and Cydia {In Progress}

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by utahman130, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. utahman130, Feb 17, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013

    utahman130 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2012
    Please sticky, I think this will help a lot of people new to the jailbreak scene. Also, feel free to add and ask questions below. Thanks!
    The Beginners Guide to Jailbreaking​
    By: utahman130


    Q: Is jailbreaking legal?
    A: Yes, it was made legal on iPhones in 2010 under the DMCA, but I don't think the government will come after you if you jailbreak your iPad. The issue with jailbreaking is if you pirate movies, music, and apps with packages from Cydia. If you don't do that, you are good to go.

    Q: Will jailbreaking "brick" my iDevice?
    A: Jailbreaking cannot render your device unusable. If something does go wrong, you can fix it with patience and tools. (Will cover later)

    Q: What are the benefits of jailbreaking?
    A: It removes limitations set by Apple on iDevices. You want to be able to pull down Notification Center from the lockscreen, theme your device, access settings from Notification Center, etc? You can only do this by jailbreaking.

    Q: How much does it cost to jailbreak my device?
    A: It is absolutely free! The kind developers have made these wonderful tools available for free!

    Q: How do I know what iOS version I am running?
    A: Go to Settings>General>About

    The Beginners Guide to Cydia​
    By: utahman130

    You have jailbroken your iDevice, now what? You see the brown icon with the package, but once inside it, don't know how to download and install the tweaks you jailbroke your device for. I am here to help.

    Introduction to Cydia layout
    Open up Cydia, once you open it you will see this screen
    This screen will only happen one time, it is preparing Cydia for use.

    After the filesystem finishes loading,
    this screen
    will pop up. If you are a first time Cydia user, pick user. The only thing different about Hacker and Developer is that it adds internal packages, and command line tools, which the majority of Cydia users don't need.

    This screen
    is the one that opens every time you open Cydia.
    The five icons on the bottom each represent a different action in Cydia.

    The Cydia icon takes you to the home page of Cydia (top) from where you can check out featured apps and tweaks (called packages), in Cydia, manage your PayPal account (Some packages in Cydia cost money), and read FAQ.

    Here you can view all the sections of packages you can download.

    Here you can view all the new packages put into Cydia, and upgrade the packages you have installed, if the developer pushes an upgrade.

    You can do three things here: remove and reinstall packages, add and delete sources, and manage storage.

    Search is where you search for packages you want to install on your device.

    Installing Sources
    Quick Note: You don't have to install sources to download many great packages from Cydia. Also, before installing, like any download off the Internet, be sure the source and package is safe.

    Sources are repositories where developers host apps, in order to download developers packages that are not hosted on the repositories that came preinstalled with Cydia, you must add the source on which the package is hosted. If you want to install a Cydia package, and go to search and cannot find it, you must install the source for it. You can find good Cydia sources by doing a quick
    Google search. To add a source, go to the manage tab,

    then source tab,

    then tap edit, then add

    This screen will pop up:

    Type in your source, and push add source. Cydia will begin installing the source.

    Once Cydia is done installing the source, push return to Cydia. You can then click on the source to see the packages you can install.

    Installing and Deleting Packages
    Quick Note: Before installing, l
    ike any download off the Internet, be sure the source and package is safe.

    This is the reason you jailbroke your device, to get great apps, themes, and tweaks!

    Installing Packages
    First, go to the search tab. Type in the name of your desired package, and tap on it. This screen will come up, the package I am downloading is SBSettings.

    Tap Install, and this screen will come up.

    Tap confirm, and the package will start downloading.

    Once done downloading, a screen like this
    will come up. Tap the prompt at the bottom, it will say one of three things:

    Return to Cydia- device returns to Cydia, package is ready to use.

    Respring- Restarts iDevice software- don't worry, everything will be in it's place. This process can take take anywhere from 10-40 seconds.

    Reboot Device- Restarts Device-
    Don't worry, everything will be in it's place. This process can take take anywhere from 30 seconds to over a minute.

    Once you return to Cydia, respring, or reboot, packages will be on the SpringBoard (home screen), in the Settings app, or do not need a icon or place in Settings. Read the description, as it will tell you where the package will end up.

    Deleting and Reinstalling Packages
    To delete or reinstall a package, go to the manage tab

    then the Packages section

    Tap on the package you want to remove or reinstall

    Tap modify, then tap Reinstall or Remove.

    then tap confirm.

    Cydia will remove the package.

  2. lukejc1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2013
  3. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Bookmarked and looking forward to more.
  4. Qaanol, Feb 18, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 18, 2013

    Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    I propose using as the example.

    Also, here are a few more details that might be helpful to new persons:

    When you first open Cydia, it goes through a "Setting up file system" routine. After that finishes, it asks if you are a User, Hacker, or Developer. These options determine how many behind-the-scenes support packages show up in the list. First-time jailbreakers almost certainly want to pick User. The option can be changed by choosing Settings from the Manage page.

    In the Sections tab, the Edit button allows you to hide entite categories of tweaks you are not interested in. Those choices are respected in Sections, in Changes, and when browsing individual repos through Manage > Sources. However, the Search tab ignores those choices, and shows results from all sections.

    There are a few How-to guides near the bottom of the main Cydia tab.

    Because many tweaks require a respring to install, and that is time-consuming, when installing multiple tweaks it can be useful to put them in Cydia's queue and install them all at once. To add a tweak to the queue, tap to install it, and then on the Confirm page tap Continue Queuing. You van put many tweaks in the queue.

    To install the queued tweaks, either tap Confirm when installing the last one, or when you have them all in the queue go to Manage and tap the Queue button at the top right corner.

    Some tweaks add an icon to your Springboard (the "desktop" of iOS) while other tweaks do not. Many tweaks have options which can be configured through the stock Settings app.
  5. iRetired, Feb 18, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 18, 2013

    iRetired macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2012
    Excellent idea!

    Probably self-evident, but repo is short for repository, which commonly refers to a location for storage. In this case, a web site separate from Cydia. It may or may not be a trusted web site.

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