Cydia is a third-party autonomous app store/ package manager that was developed by the American software engineer Jay Freeman Saurik. It is very much similar to the official Apple app store. But it brings specialized third-party apps, tweaks, games, modded apps, extensions, add-ons, themes, etc., to iDevices that you cannot get from the Apple app store.
Cydia is the best and the most popular alternative to the default Apple app store. It is only available for jailbroken iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. Therefore, you must jailbreak your iDevice in order to install Cydia. Most of the apps and tweaks that are available in the Cydia store are the ones that could not pass through the official app store's approval process. Apple does not let programs that reproduce functionality already on the device or use them in methods that might damage the iDevices.
Cydia contains the most beneficial apps and tweaks to iOS devices. But most of them are not approved by the Apple app store. Therefore, you are not allowed to install Cydia tweaks on your device by default. That is why you need to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Jailbreaking is the process of removing software restrictions imposed on iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, audioOS, and bridgeOS operating systems. All smart devices come with several restrictions and limitations imposed by the company by default. One of its consequences is, you are not allowed to install third-party apps like Cydia or jailbreak apps on your iDevice. However, thanks to iOS jailbreaking, you can install any app or tweak from any application store.
In jailbreaking, a particular jailbreak application accesses iOS system files by bypassing the manufacturer restrictions imposed by the company. In fact, it is done through a series of kernel patches. It's like getting admin powers on your own iDevice. You can do whatever you want to do on a jailbroken device, like installing third-party apps, removing bloatware stock apps, etc.
The app-authenticating certificates of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are the ones that tie them to the Apple App Store. Basically, each iOS app available in the Apple App Store has a seal of approval from Apple Inc. Each iOS app requires these permissions to run on iDevices. But thanks to the iOS jailbreaking, iDevices remove this requirement allowing the devices to run any app from any source in addition to the default App Store.
As a result of Jay Freeman Saurik's hard work of upgrading Cydia, there are many versions available for Cydia download. From the beginning of its support to iPhone OS 1.1, Saurik updated Cydia compatibility up to the latest iOS 14 updates.
Checkra1n is a semi-tethered jailbreak that supports Mac and Linux computers. It was developed using the Checkm8 exploit for A5-A11 devices. It was released to jailbreak all A5-A11 chipset based devices from iOS 12 upwards. However, with its recently released updates, the developer Luca Todesco has limited its compatibility more than before.
The latest released Checkra1n jailbreak updates 0.11.0 and 0.12.0 updates supports iOS 12.0 - iOS 13.7 and iOS 14.1 - iOS 14.2 updates respectively. However, both these updates have more limitations to their compatibility. Cydia download is possible with the Checkra1n jailbreak app up to A11 chipset based iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. You can use this jailbreak app to get the best-featured Cydia tweaks and third-party apps on iOS 12 - iOS 14.2 devices.
Odyssey is one of the newest jailbreak apps that was released in 2020. It is a semi-untethered jailbreak app that was available for iOS 13 - iOS 13.5 jailbreaking at first. With its recent release of 1.2 update, now Odyssey jailbreak supports iOS 13.5 - iOS 13.7 devices as well. You can download Cydia on all iOS 13 - iOS 13.7 devices by using this latest Odyssey jailbreak app. It is one of the best jailbreak opportunities available to download Cydia and the best Cydia tweaks and third-party apps on iDevices.
Unc0ver is a semi-untethered jailbreak app that was developed as an alternative to the Electra app. It was released initially for iOS 11.x.y jailbreaking. And by now, it supports up to iOS 13.5 devices. Altogether, the Unc0ver jailbreak app supports iOS 11 - iOS 13.5.5 beta 1, excluding iOS 13.5.1. However, this iOS 13.5.1 beta jailbreak update is an incomplete project. Cydia substrate download for iOS 11 - iOS 13.5 is possible with Unc0ver jailbreak. When you run the Unc0ver app, the Cydia app will be installed on your iDevice automatically. After that, you can get the best-featured Cydia apps and tweaks for the iOS versions it supports.
Electra is a semi-untethered jailbreak app designed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch jailbreaking. The famous developer CoolStar developed it, and it supports all iOS 11 - iOS 11.1.2 devices. In detail, Electra app supports iOS 11, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.1.1, iOS 11.1.2 versions. With the release of the Electra app, Jay Freeman Saurik releases Cydia substrate for these iOS updates. As a result, now you can download Cydia free on all iOS 11 - iOS 11.1.2 devices using Electra jailbreak. It is the key to get amazingly featured jailbreak apps, tweaks, extensions, games, etc., on your iOS 11.x.y device.
Yalu is a series of semi-untethered jailbreak versions released for iOS. It was released in December 2016 by the famous jailbreak developer Luca Todesco. The Yalu jailbreak app was initially released as an incomplete version for iOS 8.4.1. After that, Todesco released a beta version of Yalu jailbreak for iOS 10.1 - iOS 10.1.1 in an IPA form. Again he released a new Yalu update for iOS 10.0 - iOS 10.2. With this powerful jailbreak app, you can download Cydia substrate on iOS 10 - iOS 10.2, running iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. It is the best way to customize the performance of your device with the best-featured jailbreak apps, tweaks, games, themes, etc.
Pangu jailbreak team released iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak in 2015. Saurik, on the other hand, released Cydia substrate for iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2. So if you are using an iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Pangu jailbreak is your best chance to download Cydia. It brings the best-featured third-party apps, games, tweaks, add-ons, extensions, etc., to iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 devices so that you can customize your iDevice with the best features.
Pangu jailbreak team released Jailbreak iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 in 2014. And Saurik, too, made Cydia substrate download available quickly. So iOS 8 - iOS 8.1 devices are compatible with Cydia substrate, and you can download it through the Pangu jailbreak iOS 8 – iOS 8.1. For iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 device users who seek the best apps and jailbreak tweaks to customize their devices, this is your best chance.
Pangu is a Chinese jailbreak developer team that developed the famous Pangu jailbreak tool. The Pangu is an untethered jailbreak app. It was available only in the Chinese language for Windows PCs. But later on, they added compatibility for Mac PCs and added the English version. Pangu was released for iOS 7 - iOS 7.1.2 at first. And then, it was upgraded for upper iOS version compatibility.
With the Pangu jailbreak iOS 7 - iOS 7.1.2, they released the Cydia app with many third-party apps and specialized jailbreak tweaks for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. It supports all iOS 7, iOS 7.0.4, iOS 7.1, iOS 7.1.1, iOS 7.1.2 versions. If you are using one of these iOS versions on your iDevice, you can download Cydia Free with Pangu jailbreak iOS 7 - iOS 7.1.2.
There are millions of third-party apps, tweaks, add-ons, games, extensions, and themes available under different categories in the Cydia latest version. Some are capable of managing the device battery life, some can add extra security features to iDevices, some can add new features, and some can give solutions to iOS issues. Likewise, Cydia tweaks can do a lot more than you can ever imagine. For the record, here we collected some of the best-rated Cydia tweaks in the year 2020.
To download Cydia, you must first select the jailbreak app that fits the iOS version running on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. After selecting the jailbreak app, search for it to get the download link.
Tap on the download link of the selected jailbreak app and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the downloading.
Then run the jailbreak app on your iDevice. (If you are using a computer-based jailbreak app, you will need the help of the Cydia Impactor to sideload Cydia.)
Follow the necessary instructions given to complete the jailbreak procedure.
When the jailbreaking is done, you will get the Cydia installer to your device.
Tap on the Cydia and continue its instructions given to complete the Cydia installation, and that is all.