HOW TO: Use Cydia’s Jailbroken iPhone Store And Get All Those Apps Apple Won’t Let You Have

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When you jailbreak your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, the first thing you’ll want to do is launch the Cydia application that automatically gets loaded onto your device.Cydia is the premier “app store” for jailbreakers, enabling you to download apps, tweaks, themes, add-ons, and more to soupe up your device and make it feel like its your own.

Click here to learn how to use Cydia >

(If you need proof that jailbreaking is worth your time, check out our list of the 12 Best Reasons To Jailbreak Your iPhone).

One of our recent favourites is “Multifl0w” (pictured), a tweak that gets rid of your multitasking bar and replaces it with a Exposé-style card interface that looks incredibly sharp.

Cydia includes many features Apple’s App Store should have, like the ability to install apps from external sources at your choosing, a change log showing all app updates, and the ability to search by developer.

If you want to jailbreak, the first thing you need to know is how to use Cydia. Click through our full walkthrough of the application, and look forward to our full jailbreakers guide later this week.

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title=”Using Cydia, you can download tons of cool apps and tweaks to make using your iDevice easier and more fun. The first step is to jailbreak your device.”
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title=”If you tap “Featured” from the Cydia home screen, you’ll see a list of sponsored Apps. Most of them are bigger budget, decent jailbreak apps.”
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title=”If you tap “Themes” from the Cydia home screen, you’ll find downloadable themes that are compatible with the “Winterboard” jailbreak tweak, which allows you to skin the entire device’s interface.”
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title=”Here’s how a theme will look on your iPhone. This one looks great, but odds are, some apps you have will not have customised icons and will look very out of place. This package has 109 icons, which covers most commonly used applications, we would assume.”
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title=”If you tap “Cydia Store: Products” from the Cydia home screen, you’ll find more promoted apps. Tap one to learn about it, view screenshots, and more.”
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title=”When you tap an app or tweak in Cydia, you’ll find all the information you need on one page. To purchase the “package,” (an over-arching term applied to apps, tweaks, etc), tap “Purchase” in the top left or in the yellow box.”
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title=”Scroll down further to see a change log of every package update. Apple’s App Store should implement this feature.”
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title=”If you tap “Purchase,” you’ll need to provide your Google or Facebook log-in info. Why? So you can get your purchases back if you lose your phone. Think of it as Cydia’s version of the Apple ID.”
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title=”Tap “Manage” to see what you’ve installed, and to monitor how much free space you have left on your device.”
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title=”Now that you’ve learned how to use Cydia….”
content=”Click here to check out our favourite 12 apps and tweaks you can download from Cydia >
Click here to check out 11 tweaks from Cydia that enhance the apps you already have >
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