The word “Cydia”, “Cydia Repo”, “Cydia Apps”, and “Cydia Substrate” often appear in the jailbreak world. For those who have just get into Apple world must be wondering what these things are, how they work and why there are so many people using them. Among all Apple users, there is a group people who feel good to use Cydia. However, there is also a group of people who don’t feel comfortable to use it. Take 5 minutes of your life to read what Cydia Substrate is and then you can decide whether to use it or not.
What is Cydia Substrate?
Basically, Cydia Substrate is a platform created by Saurik, an Ameican software engineer. The iOS version allows any software developer to develop third-party addon apps for iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, and even Apple Watch. App developer can then upload the apps they built to Cydia App Store. On the other hand, an Apple user who has a jailbroken iOS device can download this app via Cydia for free or for a little cost. Jailbreaking means making changes to the original software that comes with your iDevice. Therefore, Apple doesn’t really like it.
Cydia Substrate for Android, is the platform particularly for Android users. Although Android is an open software, many devices that run on Android aren’t. As a result, there are still many Android users who rooted their device and use Cydia Substrate.
How to Install Cydia Substrate
To Install Cydia Substrate on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you will first need to jailbreak your iDevice. There are more than one way to jailbreak an iOS device. You can use Pangu for iOS 9, TaiG for iOS 8, Evasi0n for iOS 7, Redsnow for iOS 6 and others. Once you are jailbroken, you need to download Cydia to get Cydia Installer, which you can then use it to install Cydia Substrate as well as thousands of Substrate extensions. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes if you are familiar with jailbreaking.
To install Cydia Substrate for Android, you will first need to root your device. Rooting an Android device means you are allowing the OS (Operating System) to attain privileged control over various Android subsystems. Once your device is rooted, you need to install Cydia Substrate APK, install it and grant Superuser access to Substrate when a message is prompted. It is as simple as eating watermelon.
What is a Mobilesubstrate?
Mobilesubstrate is the formal name of Cydia Substrate.
How to download free apps with Cydia?
There are many popular Cydia apps you can download via Cydia App Store, for examples, WinterBoard, Five Icon Dock, SBSettings, Activator, Hands-free Control, and more. It is extremely easy to download any of these apps via Cydia. First, go to Cydia and use the search function to search for the app you want. Tap on the install button to download it for free apps. Otherwise, tap on the blue “Purchase” button to get it. You will be prompted to set up a Cydia Account for first time user.