Cydia 1.1.19 has just been released and with it brings a major change in the way it works. Starting from version 1.1.19, Cydia will now run as “mobile” instead of “root” which means that jailbreak tweaks that make use of Cydia Substrate to modify parts of iOS and apps can now do same to modify Cydia.

Since any modifications or customization that you now make to iOS or any of the apps installed will also affect Cydia’s look and feel, this opens whole new possibility for developers to create tweaks that can potentially change the design and experience of Cydia. Pretty cool!


Here’s the official changelog of v1.1.19:

Cydia Substrate Compatibility: Cydia now runs as “mobile” instead of “root”. This means that Cydia Substrate extensions (tweaks) can now modify Cydia, just like those tweaks modify other apps and iOS.

How this will affect you: After you install this upgrade, you may be surprised to see that your installed tweaks are modifying Cydia. For example, if you have a tweak installed that improves how the keyboard works in all apps, it will now improve keyboards in Cydia as well.

Tweaks may have problems: Some tweaks may have bugs in how they affect Cydia, such as applying an odd color to a piece of text, because their developers have not been able to test this before. Please be patient and give developers time to update their tweaks — you can often follow them on Twitter for news and updates. You can temporarily uninstall a tweak if it is causing problems for you.

What if something goes wrong? If you install a tweak that causes Cydia to be unusable, you can fix it by booting your device with Cydia Substrate disabled (which also disables all tweaks). To do this: turn off your device, and turn it on while pressing the volume up button until it finishes booting. Then open Cydia, uninstall the buggy tweak, and reboot again to go back into normal mode.

How-to update to latest version of Cydia:

Step 1: Launch Cydia and wait for it to load everything up.

Step 2: Tap on Changes tab, followed by Refresh button.

Step 3: Now wait for Cydia to prompt you with a message that reads “Essential Upgrade”.

Step 4: Simply tap on “Complete Upgrade” option and wait for it download and install.


Once the update is installed, after respring/reboot, you will have the all new Cydia 1.1.19 installed on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Here’s a screenshot of Cydia 1.1.19 running on a jailbroken device.


This version of Cydia comes only a week after Cydia 1.1.17 and 1.1.18 were released with support for the new iOS 8.4/8.3 TaiG jailbreak.

If you havent jailbroken yet, follow our step-by-step tutorials on how to jailbreak iOS 8.4:

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