Top Cydia Tips and Tricks that you must know

It comes more than a month after Todesco released the Mach_Portal + Yalu jailbreak for the iOS 10-10.1.1. There is a lot of excitement in the jailbreak community following the 10.2 jailbreak release. You can download and install a bunch of jailbreak apps, Cydia tweaks, and extensions.

Italian hacker Luca Todesco along with Marco Grassi has released the Yalu102 iOS 10.2 jailbreak tool. It comes more than a month after Todesco released the Mach_Portal + Yalu jailbreak for the iOS 10-10.1.1. The latest jailbreaking tool is compatible with select 64-bit devices including the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone SE, and iPad Pro. There is a lot of excitement in the jailbreak community following the 10.2 jailbreak release.

It will allow users to liberate their iPhones and iPads running iOS 10-10.2. You can download and install a bunch of jailbreak apps, Cydia tweaks, and extensions. But you can’t just go ahead and download any tweaks you want. Not all the packages and tweaks are compatible with the iOS 10.1.1-10.2. The Mach_Portal + Yalu tool for 10.1.1 was made available more than a month ago. So, developers had sufficient time to make their packages compatible with the jailbroken firmware.

Todesco has added support for Cydia Substrate with Yalu102 jailbreak for 10.2. It enables most of the tweaks and packages working with iOS 10.1.1 to be forward compatible with 10.2 without requiring newer updates. But the Yalu102 tool is still a beta jailbreak containing bugs, compatibility issues, and performance issues. It means not all packages are compatible with 10.2.

To help users find compatible tweaks with iOS 10-10.2, the jailbreak community has put together a crowdsourced list of tweaks, apps, and packages with their compatibility status. You can see which packages are fully compatible with the jailbroken firmware, which ones are only partially compatible, and which ones don’t work with the jailbroken iOS 10-10.2.

The list in Google Docs is being continuously updated. So, refer to it often to see if new tweaks have been added to the compatibility list. Also, don’t forget to refer to the list before installing a tweak to avoid major issues later. Tweaks like App Admin, AlwaysFirstSwipe, and Cuttlefish are fully compatible. Others like 3DAppLock and Always Forward watchOS are only partially compatible.

CustomCover, DataMeter, MyWi, and OneHandWizard are not yet compatible. There are many other tweaks such as OpenOnSearch, NoSub, and FullForce whose status is unknown. Here’s the complete list of tweaks:

If you are looking to jailbreak your iOS 10.2 device, here is the step-by-step guide to doing it.
Now that you have jailbroken your iOS 8.3 device, you will be using Cydia frequently to install new packages. Apart from purchasing and installing jailbreak tweaks, Cydia offers a handful of other functionality as well which might go unnoticed. So we have prepared a list of useful tips and tricks that will improve your experience using Cydia.

If you’re new to the jailbreaking world, this is a good time to find out new information about Cydia. Even if you’re a long time jailbreak user, you might still find a few tips or functionality that you never explored before.

When you launch Cydia, it will be refreshed automatically to load new packages and updates. However, if something goes wrong, you can still refresh Cydia manually.

To do so, head to the Changes tab and tap on Refresh. A loading badge will be displayed on the Source tab indicating that Cydia is refreshing.

If you’re a long time jailbreak user, you’ll probably have purchased a lot of tweaks which you’ve forgotten about. Fortunately, Cydia lets you keep track of all the tweaks which you’ve purchased though the Manage Account section.

Sometimes, developers are generous enough to gift their tweaks to users. In such a case, they will need your Cydia ID in order to be able to gift it to you. Every user has a separate Cydia ID and you can find yours in the Manage Account section.

Are you tired of scrolling through all those new themes and widgets that have been recently released? Fortunately, Cydia allows you to choose the type of packages you’d like to hide. All you have to do is to disable the sections you’re not interested in and Cydia will handle the rest.

Apart from the default repositories that Cydia comes with, you can add other repos as well which might feature tweak and packages that are not available on one of the default sources.

Here’s what you have to do to add a new source to Cydia:

If you want to remove a source, simply swipe it to the left and tap Delete.

The Changes tab in Cydia shows all the newly released packages along with the installed ones which have an update pending. However, you can also track updates for packages that haven’t been installed on your device. This can be quite useful if you want to know when one of your favorite packages has been updated for say iOS 8.3.

To keep track of the changes made to a package, do the following:

If you’re happy with an installed package and are not interested in installing a new update, then you have the option to ignore upgrades in Cydia. Here’s how you do it:

If you have a lot of tweaks installed on your iPhone, it can be a hectic task to remove them one by one. Cydia makes this task a whole lot easier by allowing you to queue the tweaks which you’d like to install, update or remove.

To find out the tweaks that have been installed recently on your device:

Other than the default Cydia repositories, you can add additional new sources as well. Cydia provides a list of the recommended package sources which you can add. To view it:

Additionally, if you have removed a default repository by mistake, you can add it back from here.

While the Changes tab fetches and displays packages from all the repositories you’ve added, you can also view packages that are available on a specific source.

There are times when you install a jailbreak tweak that causes your device to go into a continuous bootloop or creates major issues preventing you from uninstalling the tweak. Fortunately enough, there is a way that you can disable Cydia Substrate and remove the tweak without needing to restore your device.

To enable Cydia Substrate again, simply reboot your device but this time without holding any buttons.

These are some of the tips and tricks of Cydia that new jailbreak users might find useful. Even if you’re a jailbreak veteran, you might still find a tip or two which you didn’t know about.

If you know any other tips or tricks for Cydia then please share them in the comments sections below.

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