Once you stumble upon a gem from Apple’s App Store, it is extremely easy to share the app with your buddies. Send over a URL and the job is done, and they too can enjoy your wondrous discovery. Be it an addictive game or a great reference app, there are fast approaching half a million to choose from, so recommendations are a good way of cutting corners.
The Cydia "Store" if you like to call it, contains a variety of tweaks which you may also want to share directly with your friends in this way, but you may not have thought it was possible. Well it is, and although it’s not quite as straightforward as the Cupertino company’s effort, it certainly doesn’t take a genius to master.
Firstly, you will of course need a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in order to get access to the Cydia store, the centerpiece of the jailbreak infrastructure, the key to essentially getting your iDevice out of jail. You can follow our step by step guide posted here to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on iOS 4.3.5 using Redsn0w (or PwnageTool), or on iOS 4.3.3 using Redsn0w, PwnageTool, Sn0wbreeze & JailbreakMe (that last one being the easiest).
With the formalities behind us, we’re now going to demonstrate step-by-step how you can share Cydia apps between yourselves and your friends, family members, of if you’re a real Apple junkie, between your own iDevices.
Step 1: Fire up Cydia, and locate the package you wish to share. The full list of your installed Cydia applications can be found under the Manage icon and selecting Packages.
Step 2: Tap on your selection to proceed on to the Details screen. At the top you will see an option to Change Package Settings. Tap and hold this option, and it will bring up a menu, asking whether you wish to Open or Copy the package – select Copy.
Step 3: Now that you have a direct link to the application, you can send it to friends and they can then locate it straight away. There’s always somebody looking for something to enhance their iExperience..
Please note, you have to be sure that the other device you wish to send these links to has the source from which you found the package, otherwise it will not be located. For example, if you were sharing something downloaded from the ModMyi repository, the other device would have to have ModMyi listed amongst the sources. This can be checked by going to Manage > Sources in Cydia.
Thanks to Samel Aljuriyan for the tip!