How to remove PPSync from iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak

By , Jun 23, 2014

Cydia Package While we recommend exercising caution with the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak until the dust settles, there will inevitably be some users that go ahead and upgrade anyways. If you have done so, and you are experiencing bugs or other unforeseen problems on your device, it may relate to issues with PPSync, a package that may be bundled if you use this new jailbreak tool by the Chinese team PanGu… 

PPSync, which is often called the Chinese version of AppSync, is said to be a very poorly written and problematic package. It is known to cause system instability, often resulting in various system apps like Safari, Mail, Weather crashing upon launch. It can also cause disappearing SpringBoard icons, other instantly crashing apps, random resprings and other unintended behavior.

Well-known iOS developer Karen Tsai highly urges all jailbroken users to install the package by using her Complete PPSync Remover from Cydia. The package is not listed on any default repositories, so you will have to add http://cydia.angelxwind.net/ to your sources. If you insist on needing AppSync functionality, Tsai recommends installing AppSync Unified, an open source implementation of AppSync for iOS 5 – 7.

Tsai is a great activist in the jailbreaking community, with plans to ask the PanGu team if they will be willing to replace the faulty PPSync with AppSync Unified. To prevent piracy and other issues, she will also ask if an option can be added that will skip the installation of AppSync and the 25pp certificate, although she is not sure if that latter request is likely to pan out.

iDownloadBlog does not condone piracy, and I think we can all give a big thank you to Karen for her efforts to curb the problem.

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  • Brian 

    I heard you can just uncheck it on the jailbreak installation to completely avoid it being installed to begin with.

    • The Afroman

      The check means it installed the Chinese Piracy store.. but. PPSync is still installed even if unchecked. So run this after you JB and you should be good.

      • See, I unchecked it and I still got the crappy App Store app.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        You can probably uninstall it with Cydia or delete it with iFile…

      • Donovan

        i don’t see PPSync installed (checked expert mode in cydia) and I unchecked the box halfway trough. I unchecking the box indeed doesn’t install PPSync

      • firerock

        Does all tweaks works? (free and paid tweaks)

      • Josh

        Not all tweaks work with ios 7.1.1

  • jack

    Damn chinese

    • Chris

      Where your iPhone come from again

      • Ohh snap!

      • La Cucaracha

        If the chinese didnt exist there would still be iphones. It would probably be made in the US

      • Donovan

        “If the chinese didnt exist”
        No one will take you seriously after this point.

      • Chris

        Nice reply

        Some people make me laugh

      • Chris

        What a joke

      • firerock

        And then the price will be $999 unlocked for 16 gb just becuase made in USA

      • Joseph

        As if it’s not almost that price already…?

      • jack

        They “come from” a store pretty much everywhere… If you meant where it is assembled (the muscle part), it is by low-paid workers in China. It is designed by top-dollar electrical/mechanical engineers in US (brains).

      • Chris

        Most of the tech inside is design by china in the first place, china and japan are the most advance tech countries in the world. The only thing slowing em down is they have no natural resources so they themselfs have to import

      • chripuck

        You have no clue what you are talking about. Japan is resource limited, but China has one of the largest deposits of rare earth metals in the world. They produce something north of 80% of the world’s lithium. Yes ,they import petroleum, but that’s about the only resource they’re short on. China is FAR from one of the most advanced tech countries in the world. In 20-30 years? Quite possibly, but they’re still going through the tail end of their Industrial Revolution (thus the ridiculously cheap labor.)

    • RarestName

      Sorry 🙁

  • logsys

    AppSync is not only used to piracy, but also for newbie developer(or not newbie) to install their apps without having to pay for the developer pack

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      This is a very rare use case plus the jailbreak utility actually bundles a pirate AppStore. Coincidence? I think not. Sadly since these guys aren’t the Evad3rs they’ll get know where near the treatment the evad3rs received…

      • David Villamizar

        AppSync was created just for testing apps without paying for the dev program, but since it’s open source, it was modified by pirate chinese app stores to install .ipa files that belonged to others.

      • regkilla

        Your spelling is horrible.

      • Sean Clark

        You’re horrible in general.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Thank you very much for pointing that out. Next time I’ll proof read 😉

      • Dan

        you’re one to talk

    • James Gunaca

      Really? I didn’t know that…would be nice to create some more test apps for my iPhone without having to pay Apple $99 for an app I’ll never release…

    • David Cawthorne

      AppSync is also needed if you want to install large games / apps on a USB stick / SD card and play them on your iPad.

      • logsys

        How? Can u tell me?

      • David Cawthorne

        Reply awaiting moderation

  • Guest

    Finally a jailbreak for 7.1.1! But lame its only out for windows. Have to wait for the OS X version to come out.

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      Bootcamp

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Bootcamp, Parallels, VirtualBox, Vmware. There’s so many ways to run Windows on OS X of course one might not want to pay an extortionate license fee just to use a jailbreak tool…

      • Kyle

        You can download Windows 7 .iso from Microsoft as a 30 day test version. After that, a license is required.

      • Dave12308

        Or a 180 day trial of Windows Server will work as well, and you don’t have to hurry.

  • Ryan Patrick

    Took me so long to install the jailbreak because the tool was in all question marks instead of letters so even my fellow staff member who speaks Chinese couldn’t help interpret for me. Eventually it all went through (thank god I had an old Windows computer here in a drawer at the office) and the jailbreak has been smooth so far. No random crashes on Safari or Mail or weather. Oddly enough I was plagued by this when evasi0n first came out. Just lucky this time around I guess.

    • 5ingularity

      i speak chinese, if your co-worker knows chinese, there shouldn’t be a problem.

      • Jaba Haba

        He’s computer doesn’t have the correct code to show chinese characters. so it show up as boxes

      • RarestName

        Install the font package?

      • 5ingularity

        if you change the system locale to PRC it’ll work 🙂

  • mlee19841

    Thanks. Works great.

  • Alex Miamorsch

    i’m not able to install StatusBarFix 2…i need Cydia Installer <=1.1.10 🙁
    Any1 with the same problem? Can i fix it somehow?

    • Mich090

      Why do you want that? The status bar issue was fixed with the Cydia update.

      • Alex Miamorsch

        Just saw it…thx 🙂

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Despite the fact that status bar issues have been resolved if you really want to install it you can downgrade Cydia by manually installing a Cydia deb of your choice by downloading it from here:

      apt.saurik[.]com/debs/

      and then installing with iFile

      • Alex Miamorsch

        thx 🙂

  • TROK TheRealOneKid

    wait does this mean that you’ll be able to install and run ios 7.0 to 7.0.6 packages even tho u hav 7.1.1?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Theoretically yes. Be aware though that until developers start supporting it in Cydia you may not be able to purchase packages and on purchased packages you’ll probably see ‘This package is not compatible with blah blah blah’ messages…

      • mlee19841

        Exactly. The free ones will mostly work.

    • As long as the package didn’t depend specifically on a version of iOS 7.

  • Donovan

    “Write error – write (28: No space left on device)”
    i forgot that I only have 16gb
    *removes Jailbreak again*

  • Matheus Lisboa

    Something happens if you just leave it there? I’m lazy and don’t wanna uninstall it… But i hate piracy myself and won’t use it for sure

  • Aluminum Ken

    I translated the jailbreak tool GUI for you guys 😉

  • J™

    only dumbasses will use this china jailbreak

    • Chris

      You’re forgetting that the evasi0n7 had a Chinese create app store, also you have the option not to install it not to mention security experts found no foul play in the JB itself.

      • J™

        people will just rush to jailbreak whenever there is a new tool out knowingly that there are sure to have glitches in the initial release… doesnt that makes them dumbasses?
        why cant wait for a more stable release?

      • Chris

        So I’m a “dumbass” for installing the Pangu JB?

        At this point the JB has proven to be 99% stable, most of the reported issues have to do with users not following the install instructions or getting a corrupt download.

        That aside I’ve had no issues with it, some tweaks need to be upgraded but overall I applaud the Pangu team for getting an iOS 7.1.x jailbreak out to the community.

      • J™

        well its your phone and whatever u want to do with it is non of my business… with so much issues i’m surprised people are still so adamant and no patience.

      • Chris

        I’m still confused why you continue mentioning it has issues, every single jailbreak released for iOS has had hiccups but so far I’ve seen no critical or damaging issues with Pangu like the community saw with GreenSn0w and Redsn0w.

        Maybe you should try the JB before making false accusations against it.

    • Only dumbasses like you will say this!
      I was jailbroken on iOS 7.06, but I desperately needed a jailbreak for iOS 7.1.1. That “one-point-one” is f**king awesome. Way more stable.

      • Jaba Haba

        I’m pretty sure. as he post this comment, he jailbreak his iPhone with this tool and scream like a little girl because he’s too excited

      • J™

        i’m pretty sure the scream sounded like how your mom was screaming my name last nite

      • J™

        at the time u update to 7.1 when u already know there was not a jailbreak tool yet u are already a dumbass

      • I’ve been on iOS 7.0.6 jailbroken, untill I read about Pangu on /r/jailbreak.
        When Pangu was just released, I’ve been keeping the 7.1.1 IPSW and updated in few moments, and jailbroken in no time.
        Stop proving you’re a dumbass furthermore.

    • adal.javierxx

      I bet you don’t even have an iPhone… you should have a Startac on your pocket

      • J™

        u are right i dont have an iPhone…
        i have iPhoneS

      • adal.javierxx

        You must have a chinesse ” Tphone” instead… That’s why you’re freaked out about jailbreaking.

      • J™

        Tphone…. so funny i forgot to laugh

  • Matt Taylor

    This should be on bigboss

  • Kabeer Chanana

    how to remove ppsync as i cant see ppstore what to do please help

    • Chris

      You need to add the repo in the article above and install Complete PPSync Remover

  • adal.javierxx

    My iPhone 5S, iOS 7.1.1 jailbroken and cydia running fine…
    Can I set time back now as normal?

  • Muhammad Hammudeh

    Does locallappstore work? The one that allows you to make free in-app purchases?

    • Leon

      im trying it now 🙂

      • Leon

        It Does! 😀

      • Guest

        Screenshots:

      • RarestName

        Nothing.

      • Guest

        weird i uploaded them

      • Muhammad Hammudeh

        Please try it on fifa 14

  • Kabeer Chanana

    please help me whenever i install any app it crashes how can i remove ppstore

    • Ben Miller

      Remove PPSync, if this doesn’t help, reinstall your device and rejailbreak again.

      • adal.javierxx

        But how to?… I installed “Complete PPSync Remover” and didn’t work

      • mlee19841

        Do a fresh restore through iTunes. Re jailbreak make sure the option on the jailbreak is unchecked. Then go ahead and jailbreak and add this repo and remove the ppsync

      • adal.javierxx

        ok…I’ll try it

  • Kabeer Chanana

    please help me i beg u

    • adal.javierxx

      I’m on the same situation now… I wonder if I can re-jailbreak my 5S Again in order to uncheck the box.

  • Dan

    I didn’t have any trouble with stock apps crashing so i didn’t bother mucking around with it

  • for people still experiencing glitches from ppsync are installing “Complete PPSync Remover”

    try:
    1. open terminal (install one if you don’t have it)
    2. run “su”
    3. enter the password “alpine”
    4. run “removeppsync”

    your iphone should now reboot.
    hopefully this will fix the glitches/errors for most people

  • JS3

    so after i install this repo and install the remover, should i just leave the repo on my device or can i remove it but still be clean from all the piracy stuff?

  • David S

    After I jaiblroke my iPhone 5 using PanGu, GNU Privacy Guard showed up as Available upgrade on Cydia… Is this normal?

    • Chris

      The update is part of Karen’s repo, she has a few updates such as OpenSSH, OpenSSL and GNU which include newer implementations of the core libraries

  • Anik Walia

    Hey you guys, I don’t know if anyone else has been having this problem, but after I jailbroke my iPhone on 7.1.1, whenever I swipe up and select one of the toggles my device just goes into safe mode! Does this happen to anybody else?

  • Матт Реякіпѕ

    So let me get this straight. The ONLY issue with PanGu is it installs a store with sync to cracked apps? it has nothing to do with putting our devices at security risks or another reason? If that’s the case the whole worrying about this jailbreak is stupid since I’d say half the people who jailbreak use cracked apps anyways. Doesn’t matter if you condone it or not. I remember this same topic coming up with the first evasion for iOS 7 with it’s use of an App Store, they removed it and everyone all the sudden worshipped the before shady evasion crew.

  • md

    mail app is still crashing after installing complete PPsync remover..what do i do next?

  • Rana

    Can I uninstall complete pp sync after installing it and rebooting

  • G-d Cobra

    I install it already!! But I still can’t open Safari .. Any comments please!!

  • Judicaël

    i uninstalled ppsync and now phone not booting, put into dfu and currenty restoring 🙁

  • n0m0n

    Is this needed with the second release of this jb, v1.1?

    Also does Complete PPSync Remove need to reside on the device (iPh5) or after rebooting can it be removed?

    Thanks

  • Cleon Foster

    Question…will appsync unified work on the pangu ios 7.1.x jailbreak?