Cydia download center is a 3rd party independent app developer for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Cydia is very much like Apple’s App Store, allowing you to download all kind of cool apps, tweaks and useful programs. More than that Cydia is also a great addition to the App Store as you have the possibility to install certain apps and programs which are unavailable or restricted by Apple, thus allowing you to benefit the most out of your iDevice. For example Apple doesn’t allow users to change themes on their iPhone, but in Cydia download center you can find a great app called “Winterboard” which allows you to install lots of themes on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Most Cydia apps can be downloaded for free; however there are also certain apps that require a small fee.
I know that all this Cydia stuff looks great for you, however there is also a catch. In order to get Cydia on your iDevice you need to jailbreak it first. Jailbreak is the process by which you pass Apple’s protection and gain full control over your iDevice, thus allowing you to install whatever you want on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The main reason of why people choose to jailbreak their iDevice is to fully customize it by installing Cydia apps, tweaks and programs that are restricted in App Store. Nowadays the jailbreak process has been simplified a lot. There are plenty of jailbreak tools available on the web at the moment, you simply download one that has support for your iOS version and you will jailbreak your iDevice in no time. However you should choose the untethered jailbreak, because if you choose the tethered one you need to plug in your iDevice and redo a few steps every time it runs out of battery life.
When you open Cydia download center you will notice 5 main tabs: Home, Sections, Changes, Manage and Search. In “Home” you will find some sponsored apps, account information and some important settings. In “Sections” you will find all the Cydia apps divided into categories. In “Changes” you can find the newest apps and tweaks. In “Manage” you can add sources and repositories, remove programs and access all of your storage. In the “Search” tab you simply search in Cydia for a certain app or program. You should know that not all Cydia apps are 100% safe, because every jailbreak app gets approved. To avoid installing malicious apps on your iDevice you should install apps and programs only from trusted repositories such as BigBoss or ModMyi. For those of you who don’t already know a repository is an online hub where developers publish their apps for easy access and installation.
In the closing line I would like to point out some really helpful tips that newbies might not know. First of all you do not install Cydia. After the jailbreak process is complete the Cydia icon will simple appear on your iDevice screen. Payments on Cydia are easier than you expect, you simple login with your Twitter or Facebook account and pay with PayPal or Amazon gift cards. I will now recommend you some really cool Cydia apps and programs that I personally love: Winterboard, FaceTime 3G, ScrollingBoard, MultiIcon Mover, Hands-Free Control, BiteSMS, IntellyScreenX, Multifl0w, SBSettings, iFile, StayOpened.