While Cydia is a decent hub for all of the available jailbreak apps and utilities, there’s no arguing that dealing with the clunky package installer can be a bit cumbersome at times.

For folks that weren’t aware, you can manually install jailbreak apps and tweaks without ever opening Cydia. All you need is the .deb file of the package you want to install, and an FTP client like iPhone Explorer or Cyberduck.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to manually install a .deb file on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

It’s fairly likely that you’ve come across one of our posts in the past that discussed a tweak or app that wasn’t in Cydia for one reason or another. In this case, some developers provide a link to a downloadable .deb file.

Placing this file into the correct folder on your iDevice will automatically install the package, bypassing Cydia. This allows for much quicker package installations, and enables you to install multiple items (like themes) at a time.

This guide assumes you know how to SSH into your iDevice. If you need a refresher, check out our easy SSH tutorial.

Step 1. Launch your SFTP client (I’m using Cyberduck) and login. Navigate to /var/root/Media on your iDevice. If you don’t already have a Cydia folder there, make one.

Step 2. If you already had a Cydia folder, open it and find the AutoInstall folder. If you didn’t, just open your newly made Cydia folder and create another new folder entitled AutoInstall.

Step 3. Locate the .deb file(s) you’d like to install and place them in the AutoInstall folder. Once copying is complete, restart your iDevice — twice. After the 2nd restart, the new packages should show up on your springboard and in Cydia.

That’s all there is to it! The cool thing is, with apps like iFile, you can do this all on your phone with no need for a computer. Imagine having a .deb file for every one of your favorite packages, restoring would take a fraction of the time.

Do you manually install packages, or do you use a package installer like Cydia? Let us know if this tutorial was helpful for you in the comments!

  • kokhean

    Install afc2add and

    iFunbox
    iPhone Explorer
    iPhone folders
    iPhone Browser

    And you will be able to “SSH” via USB too.

  • Sam

    Can anyone tell me how to how to delete photos on photo library on iphone like a jailbreak tweek or something? Sorry if this is a spam

    • dfgbhfdv

      You press the rectangle with the arrow on the bottom and press the stuff you want to delete, then you press delete.

  • axel Macintosh

    PhoneDisc much better.

  • Infinite∞

    You don’t need a jailbreak tweak, just go to All Photos, click the arrow in a box in the bottom left hand corner. Then select the photos you want to delete and click the delete button

  • Timohty/klouud

    Wouldn’t it be faster to just place the .deb in your iPhone and navigate to it with iFile and select install?

  • kentaurus

    Where can I get all the deb Files from? Is there a page Quere i can Download all cydia Files?

  • im

    yes thats way faster, i agree with you on that!

  • Tom

    Big thanks for this! I totally needed this today for a deb that cydia itself would not load!

  • Rick

    Now, is there a way to uninstall without cydia? say your stuck in a wheel of death but you can still access the iDevice through iFunbox or something.

    • Tom

      CyDelete. Let’s you delete any cydia apps that have an icon just like deleting regular apps on the springboard.

      • Rick

        I have that and use it, but i’m saying if there’s a tweak or something that causes your iDevice to be stuck in a respring loop, is there a way to uninstall the package w/ your PC or Mac

    • JoBerlin

      1. ssh into your device.
      2. Type “apt-cache search name” (without “”). You will find the full name in the output then. Often it’s something like
      Mambo:~ root# apt-cache search midnight
      com.Wraith.eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
      com.codethemed.midnightappletheme7508 – Winterboard Midnight Apple theme made for iPod Touch. Slider..

      3. Type “apt-get remove com.Wraith.eileen” (without “”) to remove the first package from the example.
      4. Type respring or reboot.
      Hope that helps.

      • Rick

        those terminal commands?
        I’ve already reset my iPod sadly, but I’ll be sure to try this next time

  • Ash

    Cody or anyone, Is there any cydia app to delete songs directly from iPhone or ipod? I am not talking about video songs. Can anyone please let me know if you know anything. Thanks for your help in advance.

    • You can’t for the time being but ios 5 will allow you to do that

    • Brandon

      Actually you can download a cydia tweak called myTunes. It will allow you to navigate your way into your phones fie system, using a file browser. I use iFile, also available from cydia. The directory is var>mobile>media>myTunes

  • Ash

    Oh that’s great news. Waiting for ios 5 eagerly. Thanks for your reply Sebastien..!!

  • JoBerlin

    This is a really complicated and a potentially dangerous approach. /var/root/Media resides in the System partition and in case you fill up the iDevice’s Systempartition your iDevice may react strangely or even won’t start up anymore.
    Better:
    1. Create a directory called debs in /private/var/mobile. (Most user data resides here in subdirectories.)
    2. Login as root with ssh (putty on Windows) and go to /private/var/mobile/debs (cd /private/var/mobile/debs)
    3. Type dpkg -I *.deb to install all debs in there or dpkg -I file_name.deb to install just one
    4. The .deb file(s) aren’t needed anymore; you may delete them.
    5. Type respring to respring your phone and see/activate the newly installed stuff.
    (5a. In some cases a restart is required. Just type reboot then.)

    • This is really dangerous, because putting the .deb into /var/root/Media has completely bricked my phone. I cannot even get into a functional DFU mode. Will not restore while in recovery mode either. I deleted the .deb files and tried to fix the recovery loop with redsnow, but now it is even worse and will not respond to anything. Completely dead.

      • Place the .deb files into the AutoInstall folder, not the Media folder:
        /var/root/Media/Cydia/AutoInstall

    • Uhhm step 3… type where exactly? you dont exactly specify… I Mean new folder? New file? You make this very confusing…

      • Place the .deb files into the AutoInstall folder under Cydia:
        /var/root/Media/Cydia/AutoInstall

  • Great tutorial. Thanks! I do use Cydia but it’s great to know this!

  • Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu <3

  • is it possible without any jailbreak?

    • it is impossible if you haven’t jailbroken your iDevice

  • leo

    i did this and cydia popped up but it keeps crashing

  • Krish

    You Just Bricked my brand new jailbroken iPhone 5. There is no way to unbrick it and its all your fault! How could you give horrible info like this?

    • maybe read where it says 3 years ago,

  • If anyone is having a stuck boot logo on iPhone 5 after trying this tut, try holding the “volume up” button as you reboot your phone. Just keep holding it.

  • BOGONGATAO

    is it possible for the appsync to be installed in a non-jailbroken device?

    • Justin Mahone

      No

  • Ashvin Savaliya

    Not work for me……Done same thing with the use of iFunBox Software….

    • its 3 years old shit changes.

  • Nachie Samuels

    Whay if it says jailed

  • rohit

    how to install afc2add without jailbreak/cydia/ifile???

  • Alexandre Rigaud

    You dont have to restart Twice, just tap install when you are undder iFile , tap on the file then select install, W8 a little, then you have your app on the Springboard 🙂 tested Working with an iPhone 4 32 GB under iOS5.1.1 .

  • Atul Gupta

    i’d deleted Cydia accidentally n didn’t have ssh, ifile and tried autoInstall method using iFunBox nothing happens is there any other method for iOS 9.0.2 iPhone 5s

  • Darnell Clifford Reid

    I’m trying to remove the activation lock on my ipad mini (iOS 9.3.1 and it said i needed to install icloud bypass .deb file, but i don’t know where to find it. Help plz?!

    • Jason Devon

      DID YOU find the deb files did the bypass work ?