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Is Cydia legal or illegal?   

loretta stump keen on Technology
@loretta | Updated 30 Apr. 2019

As I know Cydia is a 3rd party app store. But Apple does not allow any users to use the product other than Apple product.  So, I want  to figure out  it IS  legal or illegal

Lydia Smith Freelancer and tech blogger
@lydia_kSmith | Posted 30 Apr. 2019

Cydia might be a familiar word for Apple users. If you are not, you might not be interested in exploring the world beyond the boundaries. To do that you need a jailbroken IOS. Jailbreaking means to modify the operating system of an electronic device such as Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to remove restrictions which were imposed by the manufacturers to download applications that were not from the default app store. Simply it will give the user the superuser access. So user can download applications from other app stores like Cydia that will not allow before. 

Cydia installer is developed by Saurik and it is the most popular and free third-party app. This only works in the jailbroken app so that means it provides you the opportunity to download an unlimited amount of games, apps, themes, and tweaks for the free or little amount of money. But the fact that you want to remember is if you jailbroke your iDevice you void the warranty. So this is a task that you should do in your own risk. Find out more about this topic visit Cydia Cloud.


As you all know the latest IOS version is 12.3 and third beta version also released lately. There isn't a proper jailbreak tool for that yet. But we hope it will also come soon.  The thing is this can only use in jailbroken devices that running iOS3 or higher. It can be an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. As your IOS you have to figure out what tool do you need to jailbreak your device. Here I mention some of the popular tools for jailbreaking as your iOS below.

  • iOS 12 – 12.1.4 – 12.2 - unc0ver 
  • iOS 11 – 11.4.1 - Electra
  • iOS 10 – 10.3.3 - H3lix 
  • iOS 9 – 9.3.5 - Ph0enix 

Features of Cydia

As I mentioned before it is an alternative app store which is only downloaded after jailbreaking the device. But apart from that, it provides various kind of features to the user.

  • So this app is not a standalone application. Mostly its download as last part of the jailbreaking process. So the user doesn't have to worry about finding the correct app or downloading it separately.
  • More than a thousand of modified apps and games are there.
  • Adding more functionalities to existing iOS.
  • Lots of wallpapers apps and tweaks to modify the appearance of the device.

Is it legal to download Cydia?

Actually, this is one of the most common questions about Cydia. Yes, of course, it is legal. It is legal as much as the app store. The difference is there are a lot of rules and regulation should be confirmed to put an app or anything in the Apple app store. Here the rules and regulations are less. So developers easily cooperate with it. But you have to be careful. Latest Cydia doesn't have such strict protocols so there is a risk in downloading some apps. There might be malware and viruses in those apps. Jailbreaking is void the warranty of the device. So Apple does not support to fix problems that would happen. That might be a problem if something happens to your device. Other than that there is not any legal issue.