Top 10 Cydia Tips Video

Since I imagine that there are probably tons of new jailbreakers since the iOS 8.3 jailbreak touched down, now is a great time to review some of my favorite Cydia tips. But even if you’re a seasoned Cydia veteran, you may find a tip or two in this list that you’ll find handy. How many of these tips do you use on a regular basis? Watch our video and find out.

Why you should refresh Cydia

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve covered a tweak only to have someone comment about how they couldn’t find the tweak. Chances are, they just needed to refresh Cydia. It might not seem like a big deal, but refreshing allows you to see the latest and greatest Cydia tweak additions.

How to troubleshoot a slow repo

Sometimes it takes forever to refresh Cydia. In those instances, it’s probably a slow or bad repo that’s causing the problem. Tap the Sources tab and see which repo still has a loading indicator. This will help you narrow in on what’s causing the slowdown.

How to use search more effectively

Although Cydia offers search suggestions, the suggestion don’t display everything that’s available on Cydia under those search terms. Tap the search button to reveal all of the available search results.

How to enable or disable sections

If you never want to see ringtones, themes, or any other Cydia section, you can disable those sections by going to Sources → All Sources → Edit, and using the switches to disable specific sections.

How to add or remove a repo

To add a repo go to Sources → Edit → Add. To remove a repo, simply swipe left on the name of the repo you wish to delete.

How to see your recently installed tweaks

Tap the Installed tab and tap the Recent section at the top of the page to see a list of your tweaks in chronological install order.

Cydia’s User mode versus Expert Mode

Next to the aforementioned Recent section on the Installed tab, you’ll find two sections for User and Expert. The User tab lists all of your Cydia installations, but doesn’t include low-level things like libraries and other developer-oriented packages and tools. If you want to see all of the low-level stuff, then tap the Expert section.

How to see prior Cydia purchases

Tap the Cydia tab in the bottom-left hand corner, and tap Manage Account. Once you login, tap Installable Purchases to see your full Cydia purchase history associated with your Cydia account. How many purchases do you have?

How to use queuing in Cydia

Queuing is one of the best features in all of Cydia. It allows you to queue up packages for processing instead of performing tasks one by one. Queuing makes it much easier to install or uninstall multiple packages at once. To use queuing tap Continue Queuing instead of Confirm after you attempt to install or uninstall a package. Once you’ve queued up all of your packages, tap the Installed tab, tap Queue, and tap Confirm.

How to disable Cydia Substrate

Have you ever installed a package that caused a major problem on your iPhone or iPad. Maybe it sent you into an endless bootloop? Instead of rushing to restore your iPhone to factory defaults, it’s often much wiser simply to disable Cydia Substrate—thus unloading all of the tweaks that rely on it—and removing the offending tweak. You can usually find the offending tweak by using the Recents section under the Installed tab. To enable Cydia Substrate again, simply reboot without holding any buttons.

Conclusion

Even if you’re a jailbreak master, it’s easy to forget some of the things on this list. By mastering all of these areas of Cydia, you’ll find jailbreaking to be a much more enjoyable experience. Which tip do you like the most? Is there any tip that you would suggest including on this list? Sound off down below with your thoughts and opinions!

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  • Mark S

    And let’s not forget you should always backup the debs you download for your favorite programs as sometimes these programs just disappear. Or, if a new jailbreak is out and the program says you can’t install it because it’s not “compatible” with your iOS yet you can install your old deb and still use the program using the old Cydia AutoInstall folder.

    • Good tip.

      • Hot12345

        Howntobbackup the deb file

      • Kimleang

        it easy there are two ways to backup your .deb file from cydia.
        Using PC:
        1. make sure you have Apple File Conduit “2” install in your iPhone or iPad so you can browse iPhone files and directories via USB.
        2. now using any than can browse your iPhone example iTools or iFunBox and go to /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.saurik.Cydia/archives
        3. go download and install app from Cydia, don’t leave Cydia just stay at installation screen ( black screen and white text with button [Restart Springboard] or [Return to Cydia]
        4. now go to iTools or iFunBox refresh your directory you will see all .deb files here include it app deb file and it dependency deb file just copy all deb to your pc is done.

        Using Mobile:
        1. When you install app from Cydia, after press [Restart Springboard] do not open cydia yet
        2. use ifile go to /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.saurik.Cydia/archives and copy all deb file to another location example /var/mobile/Media/general_storage done.

        note: if you install some app that don’t require you to Restart Springboard just show [Return to Cydia], and when you leave Cydia it will delete the deb file. To backup this just reinstall the app that require you to restart spring board it done.

      • Kimleang

        it easy there are two ways to backup your .deb file from cydia.

        Using PC:

        1. make sure you have Apple File Conduit “2” install in your iPhone or iPad so you can browse iPhone files and directories via USB.

        2. now using any than can browse your iPhone example iTools or iFunBox and go to /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.saurik.Cydia/archives

        3. go download and install app from Cydia, don’t leave Cydia just stay at installation screen ( black screen and white text with button [Restart Springboard] or [Return to Cydia]

        4. now go to iTools or iFunBox refresh your directory you will see all .deb files here include it app deb file and it dependency deb file just copy all deb to your pc is done.

        Using Mobile:

        1. When you install app from Cydia, after press [Restart Springboard] do not open cydia yet

        2. use ifile go to /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.saurik.Cydia/archives and copy all deb file to another location example /var/mobile/Media/general_storage done.

        note: if you install some app that don’t require you to Restart Springboard just show [Return to Cydia], and when you leave Cydia it will delete the deb file. To backup this just reinstall the app that require you to restart spring board it done.

      • Hot12345

        Ty!!!!! Really thanks!!

      • Hot12345

        Hello my friend, Is this still the same? the mobile phone methode? is that still works?

      • Kimleang

        yeah! everything still the same I’m on 9.0.2 now. if it say “Return to Cydia” after that don’t quit Cydia, just reinstall a tweak that force you restart springboard, ie. Activator ( will force you restart springboard ) after that use iFile go to /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.saurik.Cydia/archives you will see all .deb files there.

      • Hot12345

        Hello my buddy!

        Oh good!, soo if its say ” Return to Cydia ” Press on that, and after that reinstall a tweak like activator right? And then restart springboard and then use ifile to explorer to that path.

        What I think is after installing a tweak that only says ” Return to cydia ” and press on that, and after that installing a tweak that force ” restart springboard ” I think then the other tweak (Return to cydia) will be disapeard from the /caches/com.saurik….

      • Kimleang

        yeah! you are right, the important thing is don’t leave Cydia with home button or force quit, it will clear all file in /caches/com.saurik… that why we need to install a tweak that force restart springboard.

      • Hot12345

        Im looking for a good sms/text compose tweak, do you know a good one? Just like bite sms

      • Kimleang

        for me I think using Couria, to quick compose I just assign Activator action example swipe left to the status bar everywhere assign to Curia/Messages composer.

      • Hot12345

        Is there also a time schaduler? In that tweak?

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        As of late I have been getting a Cydia error just after launching Cydia or refreshing it. The error states “Problem parsing dependency Depends” At first I thought the culprit was a bad repo so I went and removed the usually slow ones and I also removed ModMyi repo and I’m still getting the same error. Any advice, Jeff?

    • Endriu Andrei

      How do I back up ?

      • Kimleang

        Using Mobile:

        1. When you install app from Cydia, after press [Restart Springboard] do not open cydia yet

        2. use ifile go to /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.saurik.Cydia/archives and copy all deb file to another location example /var/mobile/Media/general_storage done.

    • Exatly how to backup .deb files? Mind sharing the step?

      • Kimleang

        it easy there are two ways to backup your .deb file from cydia.

        Using PC:

        1. make sure you have Apple File Conduit “2” install in your iPhone or iPad so you can browse iPhone files and directories via USB.

        2. now using any than can browse your iPhone example iTools or iFunBox and go to /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.saurik.Cydia/archives

        3. go download and install app from Cydia, don’t leave Cydia just stay at installation screen ( black screen and white text with button [Restart Springboard] or [Return to Cydia]

        4. now go to iTools or iFunBox refresh your directory you will see all .deb files here include it app deb file and it dependency deb file just copy all deb to your pc is done.

        Using Mobile:

        1. When you install app from Cydia, after press [Restart Springboard] do not open cydia yet

        2. use ifile go to /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.saurik.Cydia/archives and copy all deb file to another location example /var/mobile/Media/general_storage done.

        note: if you install some app that don’t require you to Restart Springboard just show [Return to Cydia], and when you leave Cydia it will delete the deb file. To backup this just reinstall the app that require you to restart spring board it done.

      • Hot12345

        Ty so much but some tweaks doesnt requires to restart, how you can that backup?

      • Kimleang

        like I say on note: note the tweak that is require you restart sprinboard example: Apple File Conduit “2”, after you install the tweak that doesn’t requires to restart then you just reinstall tweak like Apple File Conduit “2” and it will require you to restart springboard and that it, you will be able catch the deb file.

      • Hot12345

        Thanks for this wonderfull advice, thanks, gonna this it right now.. Let you know in a sec. ( especially a tweak that in the first expresion doesnt need reboot, and gonna reinstal thr tweak to see if its really say to reboot)

        Let you know in a sec.

      • Hot12345

        Yes it works, but how can i install the deb file that i just make an backup? First do a reboot and then put the.deb file in the /var/root/Media/Cydia/AutoInstall map? if you hit cydia does it install the .deb file then? or how its install?

      • Kimleang

        just copy the deb file to /var/root/Media/Cydia/AutoInstall then reboot your device, it will auto install during reboot process.

        or you can install it via iFile make sure all dependency deb file are include in the same directory.

      • Kimleang

        and if you want to restore back just copy all the deb file include the dependency deb to /var/root/Media/Cydia/AutoInstall then restart your phone done. 🙂

      • Thank you so much for the explanation! Today I learned a new thing.

    • Jonathan

      Or, switch your iOS version to something older. I did this today. No bootloop, but not recommened. All Apple icons turned to a panic icon and names changed (Calendar –> MobileCal, etc)

      But… I did successfully install BatteryStatusBar!

  • n0m0n

    the tips would be great if I could get past the 20% problem.

    • Shakur Ali

      I’m stuck at 60% all days any help plz share

      • Lordrootman

        i stuck 20% present last night and i already use the same laptop and everything to jailbreak iPad air two Air one iPhone 6 plus on 8.3
        i delete iTunes restore it 12.0.1 went little bit up to 60% is stuck there i delete Microsoft security essentials reboot iPhone and laptop couple times and finally went through
        i have window 7 64Bit the key point here is make sure u have iTunes deleted completely from your laptop and install the version 12.0.1install iTunes drivers disable anti virus or uninstall it make sure no passcode turn off find my iPhone try other usb port on laptop and cable especially when you stuck on 60% reboot your phone at the same leave it connected leave it there on 60% for maybe 20 minutes it will go through
        set auto lock to never

    • Lordrootman

      i stuck 20% present last night and i already use the same laptop and everything to jailbreak iPad air two Air one iPhone 6 plus on 8.3

      i delete iTunes restore it 12.0.1 went little bit up to 60% is stuck there i delete Microsoft security essentials reboot iPhone and laptop couple times and finally went through

      i have window 7 64Bit the key point here is make sure u have iTunes deleted completely from your laptop and install the version 12.0.1install iTunes drivers disable anti virus or uninstall it make sure no passcode turn off find my iPhone try other usb port on laptop and cable especially when you stuck on 60% reboot your phone at the same time leave it connected

      • n0m0n

        Thanks up until now no one said that the device needed to be restored as new and then run Taig…
        I have been running it after restoring the iOS and app backup.
        I am not hoping that my app restore works as described.
        I usually use iCloud and just made a iTunes backup earlier…

        Thanks again

  • JohnChristopher

    You have a section titled, “How to disable Cydia Substrate” but you never actually say how to disable it. Note I have not watched the video yet.

    • Hi

      i thought the same thing. and i haven’t watched the video either

    • I explain in the video, but reenabling it is just a matter of rebooting.

      • kron1k 

        You should add it to the write up. Not all watch the video, and it can be confusing especially for new adopters

      • ok

  • Peter Fernandes

    The cydia substrate tip didnt work Jeff, installed Lang 2.2/ clean up crap, deleted a daemon plist that was SAFE, did a reboot and bam stuck, tried ur trick but did not work u.u both buttoms to shut down, hold power button with volume up, release power button holded the up button for minutes

    Had no tweaks since my iphone was drinking like crazyyy still appretiate the tips nn/

  • Joe

    All you kids need to answer this question are you using 64bit Windows? If so then uninstall all iTunes related software including mobile application support and bonjour from installed programs then install latest iTunes 64bit and restore your iPhone to 8.3 then after restore set phone up as new device until you get to home screen and then login to iCloud in settings app and make sure Find My iPhone is OFF. After this go ahead and right click TaiG 2.1.2 and run as Administrator and then run jailbreak also unticking 3K store shit. If you are getting undetectable Apple mobile support driver in TaiG then you need to manually download a 64bit apple mobile device driver from somewhere I can’t remember where I found mine when I tried this but it worked.

    Good luck,

    Also remember to make a backup before restoring if you don’t want to lose your data.

  • Hot12345

    Much thanks, wish there was more people like you.

  • Hot12345

    Haha me to, my english is not so good either, but you helped me alot. I make a screenshots and put it in my dropbox for later.

    Do you know where i can get a working app sync? for ios 8.3?

    • Kimleang

      I’m still 8.1.2, so I can’t answer anything about 8.3 lolz. I’m not going to upgrade untill 8.4 release because I think it will be able to jailbreak, apple will not going to patch exploit so soon. 8.4 expected to release on 30 June. so I’m not going to upgrade many time. just wait and see if there is no jailbreak then before apple stop signed 8.3 I just hurry upgrade to 8.3 that it lolz.
      I want one feature on iOS 8.4 it bring textbooks and iPad-only iBooks to iPhone that why I just wait and see.

      • pzp1997

        Apple used to stop signing older versions almost immediately after a release. Now it seems as though they’re giving everyone a day or so. Just keep this in mind if you’re planning to game the signing window.

  • Shlomy Malka

    Thanks , That very useful tips.

  • pzp1997

    @JeffBenjam, you forgot the trick of uninstalling Cydia Substrate to uninstall (practically) all of your tweaks. Very handy in some troubleshooting cases or if you want to clean up your tweaks.

  • KinkyNothing

    I love the section tip