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In this Instructable I will show you how to do the following:

1. Finding the App
2. Upgrading Cydia
3. Update your Applications
4.Searching for New Applications
5. Installing New Applications
6. Remove or Reinstall Applications
7. Adding Sources
8. View and Manage Storage

9. Some great Suggested Sources
10. Some great Suggested Apps

Overall, just read the title! You'll know how to use Cydia and find some great applications by the time you're done reading this.
 
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Step 1: How to use Cydia: Finding It

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Here's a basic walkthrough to help you navigate through and get the most out of Cydia.
NOTE: This only works on jailbroken iPhone's or iPod Touch's

1. Click the Cydia icon on your Homescreen

You'll see loading while it updates the sources and loads the welcome screen.

NOTE: "How to Use Cydia: A Walkthrough" is sourced from: http://www.appleiphoneapps.com/2008/07/how-to-use-cydia-a-walkthrough/ and another source, for adding sources: http://www.modmyi.com/wiki/index.php/IPhone_3G_Unlock_Guide

Step 2: How to use Cydia: Upgrade Cydia

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2. Upgrade Cydia
From here if you haven't run Cydia in a while, or this is your first time running, you may get a notice about "Essential upgrades". These are upgrades to the Cydia application itself that may be required for installing new packages and apps:
* Press Upgrade Essential
* Press Confirm to begin the download and install
* Wait for Complete and press Close Window
* Press the home key, and then re-open Cydia to continue


NOTE: After installing essential upgrades, it's always a good idea to restart Cydia to make sure the new packages are reloaded. Repeat Step 1 to open Cydia again (though you probably already guessed that).

Step 3: How to use Cydia: Update Applications

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3. Update Applications
If you've installed applications previously you may see a numbered notification next to the Changes menu. This indicates that there are updates available for currently installed applications. For our walkthrough I'll update the NES emulator I downloaded a couple of days ago.
To update applications:
* Press Changes
* Press Upgrade All (#) [top right of screen]
* Press Confirm to begin download and installation

You'll notice on the last shot that NES has disappeared from the list and the notification
(red 1) on the changes option has been removed.
NOTE: Changes also contains applications that have recently been added or changed, this is a good place to go to find new applications on a regular basis.

Step 4: How to use Cydia: Searching for Applications

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4. Searching for Applications
I can find an app without having to go through countless categories because I can't remember where it was located:
* Press Search
* Type part of the application name or description in the search box at top
The list is filtered as you type, and all matching applications are shown. Select one to install and follow step 4 above.

Check the Changes section in Cydia daily for updates.

Step 5: How to use Cydia: Installing New Applications

5. Installing New Applications
Let's install something new. I love Pac-Man, and it just so happens that the developer of Mac-Man, a great Pac-Man clone, is available on Cydia under the games category.
To install an application:
* Press Install [on the bottom]
* Browse through categories to Games
* Press Macman
* Press Install on top right
* Press Confirm to begin the download and installation


You will see it run through a series of steps . . . Downloading . . . Preparing . . . Complete.
* Press Close Window
Now Macman is successfully installed, you should be able to hit your home key, wait for your homescreen to refresh, and a tempting new Macman icon will be waiting for you.

Step 6: How to use Cydia: Removing or Reinstalling Applications

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6. Removing or Reinstalling Applications
Ok, so now you have an application installed, but you don't really want to play it anymore. Removing it is as simple as a few taps:
* Open Cydia again
* Press Manage
  • Click on Packages
* Scroll and find Macman
* Press Macman
* Press Modify [top right of the screen]
* Press Remove (you could reinstall if you were having issues with the application, like it wouldn't start)
* Press Confirm to begin removing the app
* Once you see Complete, press home and the Macman icon should be gone

Step 7: How to use Cydia: Adding Sources

7. Adding Sources
These are the steps to follow to add a source to Cydia:

  • 1 - Launch Cydia, tap 'Manage' in the dock and then tap 'Sources'
  • 2 - Cydia update its current sources, then press the Manage tab at the bottom of the screen.
  • 3 - Press the Sources button.
  • 4 - Press the Edit button at the top right of the screen.
  • 5 - Press the Add button at the top left of the screen.
  • 6 - Enter your source (example: http://apt9.yellowsn0w.com) in the space, then press the Add Source button.
  • 7 - Let Cydia add and update the source, then press the Return to Cydia button at the bottom of the screen.
  • 8 - Press the Done button in the top right of the screen.

Step 8: How to use Cydia: Manage Storage

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8. Manage Storage
These are the steps to follow to manage your storage in Cydia:

  • 1 - Launch Cydia, tap 'Manage' in the dock and then tap 'Sources'
  • 2 - Cydia update its current sources, then press the Manage tab at the bottom of the screen.
  • 3 - Press the Storage button.
  • 4 - Here you see the information, not the picture below.
  • 5 - Press the Manage button in the top right of the screen to exit.

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Congratulations, you now know the basics on how to use Cydia!

Step 10: Suggested Apps

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Categories - put your apps into folders, unlimited room now!
Stack - like the stacks for your rocket dock or apple dock.
Customize - customize the look and feel of your ipod/iphone
Supreme Preferences - more settings that's built into your settings app
WinterBoard - similair to customize, but not as customizable
AptBackup - allows you to backup all your jailbroken apps to re-download automatically.

CyDelete - delete Cydia icons straight from your Springboard!
Five Icon Dock - have 5 icons in your dock instead of 4
Five IRows GUI - have 5 rows in your springboard instead of 4
Five-Column SpringBoard - have 5 columns in your springboard instead of 4
iBlank - create blank spaces for your springboard
MobileMusicPlayerFlip - for ipod touch users: combines music and video into one: iPod

QuickGold - hit your home button while on springboard to bring up a complete search engine to find apps easily!
SBsettings - swipe from the top of your ipod/iphone down to get brightness adjust, wifi toggle, and more!
KeepAwake - SBsettings toggle to keep your wifi on after your screen shuts off.

MathTyper - math icons added to your keyboard
hClipboard - copy and paste tool within your keyboard

Insomania - leave your wifi on without having to keep your screen on, great for long downloads!
LiveClock - animated clock over your clock app
Lock Calendar - have your calendar on your lockscreen!
WeatherIcon - overlay of your weather icon to be up to date and current, temp and picture!

Metronome - really good metronome
mxTube - download youtube videos for offline viewing

SynchStep - play music that matches your step
Pocket Touch - easy play, pause, etc. controls for your ipod/iphone while it's in your pocket

GBA - Game Boy Advanced, need I say more?
gpSPhone - Gameboy advanced emulator
GBA Bios File - required file for it to work
GBA ROMS (Packages) - games!
genesis4iphone - SEGA Genesis, need I say more?
GENESIS ROMS (Packages) - games!
NES - Classic Nintendo Games, need I say more?
NES ROMS (Package) - games!

Yellowsn0w or Dev-Team (can be found under two different names) - have T-mobile for a phone service
Installous - download directly to your iPhone, the apps from http://appulo.us/. (illegal copies of apps)
Hackulous Security - security for the Installous app.

**Pictures coming soon!

Step 11: Wrap Up

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Thanks for viewing my instructable! be sure to check out my other ones, and rate and comment them as you see fit.

You should now know how to:

1. Finding the App
2. Upgrading Cydia
3. Update your Applications
4.Searching for New Applications
5. Installing New Applications
6. Remove or Reinstall Applications
7. Adding Sources
8. View and Manage Storage

And...

9. Have Some great Suggested Sources
10. Have Some great Suggested Apps


As always, I'm open to any form of constructive criticism. Let me know how you like my Instructables.
RaisA115 days ago

I tried Cydia app and it is great for downloading free apps on your phone.

Can you please tell me how to download GTA Vice city and Sanderas on it?

SigneR19 months ago

Watch this video to get all apps for free ;D I did it

MunirV1 SigneR11 month ago

please can you tell me how to get paid apps for free on iphone6

so far I still prefer the best way to download Cydia on any iOS version and any iOS devices. Just 5 minutes http://www.cydiapps.net/download-cydia-and-get-it-installed-in-five-minutes

DirtyBeansDBs4 months ago

You should take a look at CSources2 app/tweak, its a repository manager for Cydia. Never loose you sources again.
http://moreinfo.thebigboss.org/moreinfo/depiction.php?file=csources2Dp
It comes in handy when you restore your device. You will never need to remember which sources to add.
It also speeds up loading or specific loading in Cydia. You could have a hundred sources, and use which ever ones you want.

For ios 8 you should defiantly be jailbreaking. I saw a great video on <a href="http://cydiadownloading.com">cydia download</a> Really useful.

cyrilburkova6 months ago

SigneR1 the video looks good but it doesn't shows how to download Cydia. I am using iPhone 6 Plus can you please share a video to jailbreak my iPhone 6 so that I can get all the Cydia apps?

Mazum Adams9 months ago

It's good to know how to use Cydia and upgrade it but I would be happier if you can provide some easy method to download Cydia. There are many guide on the internet but it is too complicated for me.

downsw111 year ago

I just downloaded cydia, It's an awesome app that I have ever seen. Thanks for your kind help and instruction.

yuanpiao1 year ago

Is the upgrade work on iOS 7? I tried the step to download Cydia but it is not working for me. My Cydia keep crash and not working.

cydia1 year ago
Good advise. I found the best advise on cydia download advise on this jailbreaking site iphone unlocking
adaieh2 years ago
Great article. I just recently Jailbroke my phone and Cydia was downloaded automatically. I'll check this source out.
adaieh2 years ago
Cydia is great, I was able to download Cydia successfully. There are a lot of top Cydia repository sources listed in WWW.JAILBREAKHOME.COM
wanaiman2 years ago
hey,does this work with cydia on ipad because i wanna update/restore my cydia cause i messed it up.thanks
tynow3 years ago
Can't find GBA, has it been removed?
delta19985 years ago
hey is everything free no matter what you do?
When I said, " Nothing is free legally," I meant that nothing that cost money will be free legally, but already free apps are free legally.
Some cydia apps cost money. Nothing is free legally. You can get free apps using installous, but as stated in the instructable, it is not legal. You can also get free in-app purchases by downloading something called iAP Cracker in cydia, but you have to add another source, and I don't think it's legal. There is a source that allows you to get copies of cydia apps for free. It's just like installous, except when you search the cydia app you want in cydia, there will be two of the app you are looking for. One will be free and the other one will cost.
projectguy5 years ago
how do i upgrade if i didn't get a notice?
lukethebook333 (author)  projectguy5 years ago
Simply go to changes under the bottom bar, and click to update, then you can install all the updates at once or one at a time by clicking on them.
labory5 years ago
i have a ipod touch 1 g 3.1.2   i jailbroken  the ipod  but  i dont know  how  to download games  or even  a  singular  app....plz  can u help me..
I downloaded PwnCenter which allowed me to download "All Sources". It's better than manualy downloading every source.
conradev6 years ago
for iphones, add the ultrasn0w repository ultrasn0w is the easy unlock for iphones with 3.0