Update Cydia: Automatic Update and Manual Update Methods

Update Cydia: Automatic Update and Manual Update Methods Cydia was created by Jay Freeman (a.k.a. Saurik) in 2008. Saurik described Cydia as:

An alternative to Apple’s App Store for “jailbroken” devices. These include iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. Cydia also specializes in the distribution of all that is not an “app”.

Cydia is not available in Apple’s App Store. Is it also not a website. It is installed on your device using a “jailbreaking” tool, such as Pangu or TaiG.

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Related: How To Download Cydia On iPhone 4

Cydia’s History

Millions of people are using Cydia on their iDevices’ right now but only a handful knows its history. To appreciate Saurik’s work and how Cydia came to be, I decided to share with you a brief history of Cydia below. This would be a good time to know it’s background before we update Cydia.

  • In February of 2008, Jay Freeman unleashed the very first version of Cydia.
  • August, 2009 – Saurik claimed that more than 4 million people have installed Cydia on the devices.
  • SaurikIT, LLC acquired “Rock Your Phone, Inc.” in September, 2010. Both companies are the largest makers of 3rd party apps.
  • In December of 2010, SaurikIT argued with Cykon Technology Limited over the rights of “Cydia.com”.
  • April, 2011 saw Cydia’s growth with $10 million income that year. More than 4.5 million users are added weekly and a net annual income of $250,000.
  • That same year, in August, 2011, SaurikIT filed legal action against the Cykon Technology Limited over the Cydia.com domain name.
  • Cydia Substrate for the Android OS was released in May, 2014.
  • Cydia version 1.1.10 was released on June 12, 2014. Another update was released the same day.
  • June 13, 2014 saw another update to Cydia, bringing its version to 1.1.12.
  • The Pangu Team released their iOS 8 – 8.1 Jailbreak in October, 2014. Because of this, Saurik was prompted to release Cydia v. 1.1.13.
  • Later that same month (October, 2014), Cydia was again updated to version 1.1.14 and before the day ended, version 1.1.15 was also released.
  • Cydia was again updated to version 1.1.16 in November, 2015,
  • In December, 2014, the updated Cydia version ran without difficulty on iOS 7 and iOS 7.1
  • Pangu 9 Jailbreak was released by the Pangu Team In October, 2015 making Cydia available to iOS 9 – 9.0.2.
  • March, 2016 saw the release of Pangu 9 Version 1.3.0 which made Cydia accessible to iOS 9.1.
  • The Pangu Team unleashed PP25 Tethered Jailbreak which made Cydia available to iOS 9.2 – 9.3.3.

Now that you have an idea of Cydia’s history, we can proceed with our main topic.

Update Cydia: Automatic Update and Manual Update Methods

For this article, I am going to show you two methods to update Cydia. I will start with the Automatic Update first. Just follow the simple instructions below to update Cydia automatically.

Automatic Update

  • Look for the Cydia icon on your device’s screen and tap it.
  • If an update is available, a pop up prompt will show on the screen (see screenshot below).

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  • You have three options:
  1. Upgrade Essential
  2. Complete Upgrade
  3. Ignore (Temporary)
  • Choose the first option if you want to upgrade the essential files needed to run the latest Cydia version.
  • You can also choose the other two options but since we are upgrading, Option 1 and 2 are recommended.
  • Confirm your choice on the next screen.
  • Cydia will automatically download all the needed update files and install them.
  • Let the process finish.
  • After installation, tap “Close Window”.
  • Go back to your “Homescreen” and re-open Cydia.

That’s it! You have automatically updated Cydia.

The manual update is a bit tricky than the automatic method. Follow the procedure below to ensure you do the update correctly.

Manual Update

  1. Go to apt.saurik.com/cydia-3.7/debs/ and get the latest Cydia deb file.
  2. Install an SSH program on your computer (Cyberduck for Mac/WinSCP for Windows).
  3. Install OpenSSH and iFile on your iDevices.
  4. Using the cable that came with your Apple device, connect it to your Mac/PC.
  5. Using either Cyberduck or WinSCP, SSH the latest Cydia deb file to your iDevice to this path: /root/private/var/root.
  6. Open iFile and find Cydia.
  7. Tap on the Cydia icon.
  8. Tap on the “Installer” to start the update process.
  9. Let the Installer do its work.
  10. After a couple of minutes, Cydia will be updated.

Not too complicated after all! You can watch the video below to see how Cydia update is done.

Updating Cydia is easy if you follow our guide “Update Cydia: Automatic Update and Manual Update Methods”. Please share this post with your friends and comment below if you encounter any problem or if you just want to send us a “Thank you”.

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