If you own any of the apple products like the iPhone, iPod touch or even the iPad, chances are that you have already heard about Cydia. This is an alternative to the familiar iTunes store that most Apple users are in the habit of using, however it is not possible to access this store unless you own a device that has been jailbroken. Many of the same apps you see in the iTunes store are available in Cydia and there are some that are not!
One of the advantages of using Cydia is the fact that they offer apps that iTunes would not touch, most have been tweaked to perform differently. While some of the apps are free, (like iTunes) you also have the ability to access apps that are available for a small fee. Because there is no connection between Cydia and iTunes, you cannot use your iTunes account to pay for apps that you purchase at Cydia. Sites like http://cydiaapps.io/ can help you sort out your Cydia purchases.
Produced by Jay Freeman, Cydia looks similar to the iPhone interface, with a few notable exceptions. As you start the app you should find yourself on the home page. You have 4 other options to choose from, the sections which offer easier location of apps specific to your search. There is also a tab entitled changes, (similar to updates on the iPhone) which will give you the opportunity to upgrade or update an app that you already have on your device. There are 2 other tabs, one entitled “manage” which allows you to remove already installed apps and another entitled “search”, which allows you to browse for anything else you might be hunting for.
There are a few steps that need to be taken if you want to include Cydia on your device and they are as follows.
1)-In the majority of cases, once you jailbreak your device, Cydia will be automatically installed on it
2)-You must have a working connection to the Internet, preferably a wireless connection and not a data package as it will be faster
3)-When you open the Cydia icon, it should begin to populate the available apps
4)-Cydia must be able to recognize you as the user, you will probably need to set this up
5)-Once this is done, you will need to restart your device and you should be ready to begin using Cydia as a source for apps
Do not forget that Cydia will charge you a fee for some apps.