If you’ve recently jailbroken your iPhone then there’s a chance that you’re about to see a new icon on your Home screen – Cydia.
The app Cydia has been used by hundreds of thousands of iPhone users worldwide and is one of the best (if not only) apps that grant you access to a plethora of applications for your iPhone that are not available to the general public on the App Store.
Whether you’re looking to install some spy software on the iPhone or simply download some games, then the Cydia repository is meant for you.
Off late, we’ve had a couple of users asking us “How to hide the Cydia application icon after jailbreaking an iPhone”. Well, it’s my pleasure to inform you that over the course of this article, you will learn just how to do that.
Whether it’s to hide the Cydia icon or to hide the fact that your iPhone is jailbroken, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the quickest and easiest way to hide the Cydia icon on your iPhone without having to delete or remove the program.
How To Hide The Cydia Application Icon After Jailbreaking an iPhone
Any spy application can be installed only on a Jailbroken Apple device. This fact is grounded here.
So, after you properly jailbreak your iPhone, you will notice a Cydia icon appears on the home screen. It is quite hard to ignore it. So, if you need people to know that the device has not been jailbroken and that it’s not being spied on, then you will have to hide the Cydia application from the iPhone’s home screen.
It’s good to understand that Cydia is an application that will not be found on the App Store, thanks to Apple’s restrictions. The only way to install Cydia on your iPhone or on someone else’s iPhone is to first jailbreak the device and then you will be able to install Cydia.
So, in order to understand how to hide the Cydia icon, I will first take you through what Cydia is and why it’s important to hide the application.
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What is Cydia?
Cydia is basically a third-party application that works in the same manner as the App Store. The only difference is that as compared to the App Store, Cydia allows you to download and install applications that are not found on the official App Store.
This Cydia repository houses some of the most unique applications that you can download on your iPhone or iPad. In order to use Cydia on your iPhone, you must remember to jailbreak your iPhone first or you wouldn’t be able to download and install third-party apps.
The reason behind why you have to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad first is because Apple are control freaks and restrict a bunch of apps from being installed on your iPhone if they are not available on the App Store.
Why Hide the Cydia App?
If you’re about to spy on an iPhone, the first thing you must do is jailbreak the iPhone or iPad. As with every jailbroken iPhone, you will notice a new application that appears on the Home screen.
This is the Cydia application and though it might not seem like much, the Cydia icon can notify the user of the iPhone that their device has been jailbroken and someone might be spying on them.
Many premium spy apps are designed to remain hidden from the target user but if you leave Cydia open on the Home Screen then everything will be an utter waste.
While there are a couple of methods you can follow to hide the Cydia app, today i’ll take you through three of the most easiest and down to earth solutions – Using SBSettings, Poof and Shrink.
Method #1 — Hide Cydia Icon Using SBSettings App
The most basic way to hide the Cydia app icon from your iPhone is by downloading an app from the Cydia repository named SBSettings. It’s a free to download app and though it offers a number of functions, we’re downloading it mainly for its ability to hide the Cydia app from the iPhone’s Home screen.
Once the app is downloaded and installed on the jailbroken iPhone, you will be able to hide icons from your iPhone by simply sliding the On/Off toggle. You can follow these steps to have this done.
- Start by opening the SBSettings application on your iPhone and then tap on the “Settings” option.
- Scroll down till you locate the option “More” and then click on the section that states “Hide Icons”
- Scroll through the list until you find the application – Cydia and then tap on the slider to Off in order to hide the icon.
Note: Once done, your Cydia icon will not reflect on the iPhone’s Home Screen and if you wish, then you can even hide the SBSettings App from within itself so there’s no trace of the iPhone being jailbroken.
How To Unhide Cydia and SBSettings?
What if you’ve hidden Cydia and SBSettings but need to access them to tweak some settings or to hide other app icons?
- The easiest solution here is to simply swipe the status bar to either the left or right (it’s the default command to activate SBSettings).
- Now tap on “More” and then click on “Hide Icons”. Here you will be able to unhide Cydia from the Home screen and you will be able to see the app icon once again.
It’s good to remember that Cydia is only hidden and has not been uninstalled from the iPhone.
Method #2 — Hide Cydia App Icon Using Poof
Quite like SBSettings, there is another application that you can download from Cydia – Poof. Yes, this application is another app that hides the icons from your iPhone’s Home screen or springboard.
It’s extremely easy to use and once you install the app, you will be able to find the list of apps that are installed on your iPhone along with a toggle switch that allows you to hide the app icons.
In order to download and use Poof, you will first have to download and install another application called BigBoss Repo.
- This application can be downloaded from the “More Package Sources” section of Cydia. Here, you’d have to search for BigBoss repo and click on Ok to download and install it on your iPhone.
- Once you’re done downloading BigBoss repo, proceed to download Poof by searching for the app via the search bar located at the bottom right hand corner.
- Install Poof and when you’re done close Cydia app and you will be able to hide applications on your iPhone or iPad.
You must always remember that in order to successfully spy on someone without being detected, you HAVE to hide all traces that point to the iPhone being jailbroken. These steps work on any iPad or iPhone that are jailbroken.
Method #3 — ‘Hide’ Cydia App Icon Using Shrink
The final option you have is to use an app called Shrink to hide your Cydia app icon from the iPhone’s Home screen. While using Shrink, it’s best to note that the icon is not actually hidden from the Home screen.
Rather, Shrink will actually reduce the size of the Cydia icon to an extent that it’s next to impossible to see with the naked human eye. Though it’s not considered as hiding the icon, it’s beneficial because you wouldn’t have to go through those extra steps of hiding SBSettings on the iPhone.
If you’re interested in Shrink, here’s how you can use it to kind of hide the Cydia icon.
- Search on the Cydia repository for the app named Shrink.
- Proceed to download and install the application on your iPhone and then launch the application once done.
- Now access the settings panel of Shrink and tweak the Cydia icon till it’s no longer visible on the iPhone.
How do I know if my iPhone is jailbroken?
If you doubt that you have a jailbroken iPhone, then you can perform a couple of checks to figure it out.
Perform a search for an app by the name of Cydia. This application is similar to Apple’s App Store and will only appear on your iPhone if it has been jailbroken.
There are certain instances where if your iPhone has been jailbroken, the person who would have done that might have hidden the Cydia application from the Home screen.
There is a way you can find out if there is in fact an app called Cydia on your iPhone. Simply perform a Spotlight search for the term Cydia, SBSettings, Poof or BigBoss and if any of these terms appear in the search results, then your iPhone has definitely been jailbroken.
My honest opinion is that since there are many spy software available for your Mac and PC’s, it’s safer to use something like mSpy or Spyier to spy on someone’s iPhone rather than jailbreaking the device and hiding Cydia.
However, it’s totally up to you and depends on what you’re comfortable with. But either way you would ultimately obtain the same results.
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Daniel Moore is the Founder & Editor-in-chief of Private-Spy, an experienced hacker, lecturer and an all-round fun guy! A writer by day and reader by night, he holds a Master’s degree in Computer applications and believes that privacy is our god given right. Daniel has been known to have published in-depth guides and tutorials that have been used by millions of people across the world.