I used to always dread when I would restore my iPhone, and have to re-download all of my jailbreak apps and tweaks again. This wasn’t so much because jailbreaking in itself was difficult, it was because Cydia was so incredibly slow and cumbersome.

Now that Cydia has been updated, the whole experience is drastically improved. The load times are shorter, and the queuing functionality is much more refined.

Oddly enough, most of the people I know don’t even use queuing or know what it is. Simply put, queuing allows you to queue up multiple items, and process them all at the same time. It makes downloading and even uninstalling a bunch of items at once, a seamless affair…

With the new and improved queuing UI, you can install, uninstall, and reinstall items in batches. This makes reinstalling all of your favorite jailbreak apps after restoring your iPhone a cinch.

Check out the video for a full tutorial on how to use queuing.

Do you use queuing in Cydia? If not, did you find this tutorial helpful? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • appletiser

    seeing as the cydia update had no effect for me due to it crashing back to springboard i reverted back to the previous version. so in answer to your question, yes, anything to ease the drudgery of a cydia install/removal is greatly welcomed. i had tried queuing before but obviously not to it’s full potential as id stopped using it (:

    • AppleBits

      While I don’t have the same issue you have with cydia crashing, I DO have an issue that whenever I do any changes in winterboard, then respring, nothing happens, so I have to totally reboot. And even in cydia, when a respring is necessary, it is incredibly slow. Anyone else have these issues?

      This queuing thing might be just the ticket if I end having to restore….which I just did a week ago, would rather not have to again. 🙁

      • Jorge

        Well, the truth is i didnt use queuing as I didnt know what that is, so great you have brought this explanation to the blog.

  • Really neat tip, thanks Jeff.

  • firas siddique

    hey i have iphone4 firmware 4.0.2 i want to upgrade to 4.1 so i can jailbreak as there is no untethered jailbreak for 4.2 but itunes only allows me to update to 4.2.
    so i downloaded the 4.1 firmware from idb but how do i apply it?
    thanks for the help!

    • slim902

      Hold shift as you hit restore and navigate to where you saved the 4.1 ispw and select it.. That’s on windows tho not sure if it’s the same on a Mac..

      • Firas

        Well I have Mac 😛

    • Scott

      If you have a Mac hold down the option key and press restore

      • Firas

        so i tried it but it gives an error saying that the iphone cannot be restored at this time because the iphone software update server could not be contacted or is temporarily unavailable?

        so is there anyway to update from 4.02 to 4.1?

  • StanTheMan

    MAD TIGHT

  • Cydia is very slow for me. And crashing all the time. First start with updare is more than 6 minutes and switching to updates takes another 5 minutes. So i use terminal with apt-get and its so fast

  • MALdito

    I wish u guys would have posted this earlier. I ended up finding out how to use this on my own while trying to download things onto my 4.2 ipod touch 4G. Either way, thanks for the info.

  • Josh

    everytime i download a theme and install it the apps dont change and when i open a folder my background changes back to what it used to be.

  • DomPerignon

    Nice to know about it but I don’t see myself using it much because I use PkgBackup for restoring and it is lighting fast!

  • heredago

    Cydia doesn’t crash on me often, but when it does, you can bet i have like 7 apps in my queue, FUUUUUUUUUUU, I know it also happens to my friend but i havent researched more.

    • Bradibiza

      Yes the que system likes to quit, that’s why I try not to use it. Pkgbackup is way to go.

  • Chuck

    I still have frequent problems when I queue 2 or more items. It doesn’t matter if I’m downloading the apps or if I want to continue queuing, the result is always the same cydia crashes.

  • You can also do the queuing in the older versions of Cydia….Hitting Canel will give you option to cancel or queue a download.

  • akirawi

    That’s a great tip.

  • rlamba

    Following this stupid instruction just fucked up my working cydia without queing option and also I lost all my installed apps icons from the springboard. I am in a shit hole. Never follow Sebasteins instruction… This is not the first time.