What is Cydia?
If you’re wondering why some iOS users’ devices have different themes or features that are not normally available on an iOS device, then you need to know what Cydia is.
You probably heard the term “jailbreak” which is very popular for the iOS community. Jailbreaking your iOS device is the first step you need to do in order to modify your iPhone or iPad. It is a process which uses a piece of software to break Apple’s iOS security restrictions and allows access to the root system so we can customize our devices.
When you jailbreak your iOS device, you also get Cydia, which is the App Store for jailbroken devices. Created by Saurik, the Cydia app store is home to all Cydia apps, Cydia tweaks and Cydia themes that can be used to customize your device. These cannot be found in Apple’s App Store, which is why the level of customization in iOS devices that are not jailbroken is almost zero.
How to Get Cydia
You can download Cydia only if you jailbreak your iOS device.
Now you’re probably wondering whether Cydia is safe to use or not. At first, it wasn’t thought to be very safe, but over the time a lot of improvements changed this idea. However, you should take risks into consideration, because unlike Apple’s iOS App Store which approves or denies the access of tested apps, Cydia stores all the jailbreak apps and tweaks available, of which some could be malicious software. To take precautions, download apps only from the default repositories or from sources you trust.
Don’t forget about the compatibility risk. If some tweaks will not work together and cause issues, you will have to restore your iPhone back to its latest firmware and jailbreak it again.
If this article helped you answer the question “What is Cydia?” and you are excited to try all those apps, tweaks and themes that can make your iPhone or iPad unique, then you’re ready to jailbreak your device and start a new experience with your device.