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My Top Cydia Apps


Unfortunately, the official App Store can be restrictive and limited for some developers. With jailbreaking and Installer.app and Cydia, this allows them to create and distribute applications that can do things that the restrictive SDK wouldn’t allow them to, or Apple. I’ve used quite a number of these jailbroken apps on my iPhone and here is a wide selection of ones I have on my iPhone. These are my top Cydia applications for iPhone and iPod Touch.

BossPrefs – This is a very powerful tool and I don’t even know exactly what this app can do. I use this app to turn off data and SSH when I don’t need it. This is so it doesn’t suck up my money, and no one can hack into my device. It is also good for respringing, restarting and shutting down your iPhone, if you needed to do that for some reason. There is plenty this thing can do.

Poof – I also like Poof, which I can access through BossPrefs. It it can be a stand alone application or come with BossPrefs if you would rather it. This allows you to hide icons from the home screen. This is very handy if you want to make those pesky icons you never use or are sick of seeing disappear. You can always easily put them in view again if you need to, its not permanent, it’s just a toggle of a switch.

Cycorder – One thing the iPhone is missing, a video recording application. It can a decent enough camera for taking pictures, so why can’t it be used for video? Well with this app it can. The quality of the video is decent enough, especially for YouTube. It does on the fly compression of video and they can be played back through the app. The annoying thing is that this app doesn’t have built in export tools. You have to get into your iPhones filesystem, navigate through the directories to find all your videos. I’m sure exporting is on the list of things coming soon to the app but it is still worth giving a go.

MxTube – The YouTube app that comes with the device is great, don’t get me wrong, but most of the time I am without an internet connection. This is where MxTube comes to the rescue. It allows you to download videos and save them onto your device for offline viewing later. I use it to save some of my favourite YouTube clips in high quality so I can show people later on, without the need for any connection. It can also save on time and bandwidth too, because you will no longer have to reload that video you’re always watching or showing.

Pushr – If you take pictures regularly with the built in camera on the iPhone and you use Flickr, this is the perfect app for you. When you launch the app, it will show you the pictures you’ve taken since the last push and allow you to name and tag them and upload them to Flickr. It does it easily and the images are full resolution with all their various tags in tacked.

Qik – Use Qik or would like to stream live to the internet? If so then this app is for you. It allows you to stream using the camera on the iPhone and sends it up to Qik for everyone to see, over Wifi and 3G. This allows people to see exactly what you see, live! It is also saved on the site for further viewing after you’ve finished streaming.

WifiToggle – This adds a button on the home screen for fast connecting to Wifi. No longer do you have to go into Setting and navigate through to the Wifi menu just to get connected to the internet. With one push of a button, and a 3 second wait, you will be connected to your Wifi. It’s as simple as that. If only it had a nicer looking icon.

Five Icon Dock – The dock only lets you have 4 icons on it at a time, although there is room to squeeze one more. That is what this app does, it allows you to drag one extra icon onto the dock if you so desire. If you already have 4 apps you want down there, and lets say you just got WifiToggle, it would be handy down in the dock, but you don’t want to give up one of your other apps from down there too. This is the prefect solution to that. It may look a little strange at first, but you will get use to it, fast.

OpenSSH – This app allows you to SSH into your iPhone so you can hack it, transfer files to and from the device, or whatever you desire. If you’re going to modify system files, change the theme, install some apps then this is a must. It is also needed for some apps like Cycorder for getting videos off the device. It can also be used to backup some of the files on your iPhone. There are many reason why you could want to get into your device, and this app is a must for any of those.

Scrobbled – If you use Last.Fm, this is the app you’re looking for. This allows you to scrobble straight from the iPhone or iPod Touch. No longer will you have to sync and hope that the desktop software scrobbles your plays. This app scrobbles to the site live if you’re connected to the internet, but if you’re not don’t worry, it will scrobble all those offline plays the next time you are connected.

Veency – There are many apps, official and unofficial, that allow you to VNC into another system, but this does the opposite. This app lets you VNC into the device. From here you can control your iPhone or iPod Touch right from a computer screen. You could use this to type things on the device with a real keyboard, or to access apps when it’s away from you. This is a fun little tool to play around with.

Note: These apps are for jailbroken iPhone and iPod Touch only. All are available through Cydia.

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50 Comments to

“My Top Cydia Apps”

  1. On November 3rd, 2008 at 6:07 am raajeev Says:

    This is the first ‘good’ list of iphone apps, i have encountered on internet.
    there are many lists but almost all are useless.

    Finally i have got something to install :-) . thanks a lot.

  2. On November 9th, 2008 at 2:26 pm Mark Tarr Says:

    Best list I have come across, I have installed every recomendation.

    Good Work :->

  3. On November 23rd, 2008 at 8:47 am Dave Says:

    How can you back-up cydia apps? I have to re-boot from pawnage quite often and hate to have to track down all the cydia apps again. Thanks!

  4. On November 23rd, 2008 at 5:09 pm yum9me Says:

    Dave: A good solution to that is a Cydia app called AptBackup. What this does is makes a list of your current Cydia applications and saves then on your iPhone/iPod Touch. When you connect to iTunes, this will backup the list. When you update or restore your device, the list will go back onto it and just download AptBackup again and select restore. This won’t backup your apps or setting, it will just make it easier to restore all the jailbroke apps you have.
    Hope this helps.

  5. On January 15th, 2009 at 4:26 pm ramrox Says:

    Best One!!

  6. On January 27th, 2009 at 4:16 am S.E.A.L.1992 Says:

    i would also recommend SNAPTURE. its a camer app that allows you to zoom in, take timed pix, color effects and more….

  7. On February 2nd, 2009 at 10:17 am pats4lifefiske Says:

    Snatpture is a camera app. It allows for color changes and such, i have not been able to get the zoom to work however.

  8. On February 6th, 2009 at 2:22 pm Roman Says:

    what about winterboard? sb setting? this list is completly wrong

  9. On February 13th, 2009 at 2:27 am ifthecar Says:

    Great list but also should include Modem. Easy app that will allow you to use your Iphone as a modem for your computer (Mac right now only)

  10. On February 16th, 2009 at 4:29 pm kizzler Says:

    what he said!!! WINTERBOARD ulimited customization options!! its amazing how powerful that app is.. i jailbroke mine today and have been playing with cydia and winterboard for about 8 hours straight.. winter is simply amazing!!!… at least u had cycorder and bossprefs which are 2 GREAT apps

  11. On February 19th, 2009 at 5:08 pm Smilodon Fatalis Says:

    - xGPS (downloads and saves any given portion of [Google] maps for use under conditions where fast cellular network is unavailable (or at all, as Google maps are generally not very efficient unless cached in the device).

    – X-Sellize Haptic/Realistic Vibration – devised to make haptic feedback possible (e.g., enables the keyboard to emit brisk, short vibrations while pressed). Excellent!

    – QuickGold – an application, contact data, etc. launcher and a file . It launches applications (including those otherwise inaccessible when the Apple-imposed application limit is trespassed).

    – Safari Add-on plugins – a number of very useful plugins for Safari (introduces “Find in page”, “Copy”, “Paste”, “Translate to English”, etc.). It’s a shame they’ve never found an implementation within non-jailbroken Safari.

    – Search – an application that complements the functionality of QuickGold.

    – Searcher – this, too, compensates for a number of omissions from the current version of QuickGold.

    – VoipOver3G – I have not yet tested the operation of this particular “hack”, but if it works as advertised, it must prove very useful under a number of circumstances.

    – BackGrounder – adds multi-tasking support to the system, enabling applications to run in the background.

    – Emoji

    – Safari download plugin

  12. On February 19th, 2009 at 5:09 pm Smilodon Fatalis Says:

    (Pardon, I forgot one more:) AptBackup.

  13. On February 24th, 2009 at 9:53 pm fishgutts15 Says:

    dudes! how can you forget D Tunes lol

  14. On March 6th, 2009 at 10:13 am xxirockxx Says:

    another awesome app is quickgold, its an awsome search app for your homescreen.

  15. On March 8th, 2009 at 7:24 pm LiLcyPi Says:

    Great List i would also have

    - Winterboard
    - Dtunes

  16. On March 10th, 2009 at 2:16 pm john Says:

    i don’t get any sound from xgps….can someone help me?

  17. On March 11th, 2009 at 11:39 pm Ram Says:

    Dtunes is the best.

    Also you should consider mewseekpro. (although you need to pay for this. the best best function in the paid version to import the song into your itunes is a breeze.)


  18. On March 11th, 2009 at 11:44 pm Ram Says:

    few more pdanet
    and then tv-out.

  19. On March 17th, 2009 at 1:18 pm nikhil Says:

    After installing the five icon doc, the themes or the background behind the icons (using winterboard) is not showing up… any suggestions how to get that back?

  20. On March 19th, 2009 at 7:34 am q w Says:

    Completely turn off your device, and put your ipod/iphone in freezer for a half hour. Shake while you power up again.

  21. On March 19th, 2009 at 7:37 am q w Says:

    love the apps suggested here, i think its the best.

  22. On March 28th, 2009 at 3:23 am Praveen Says:

    Look for HOOD in installer, no need for WifiToggle. HOOD is just perfect and very easily accessible.

  23. On April 4th, 2009 at 6:14 am Frankrizzo Says:

    Karen’s HD weather. Shows a picture of the current condition on your lockscreen. remember change location
    Lockdown Locks your app’s with a password
    IMAGE Theme that changes your wallpaper every few minutes
    Doc’s Able to read docs in your email and or save them.
    Cydelete able to delete applications just like from the apple store (X icon)
    Supreme preferences lets you delete history cache cookies and gives other abilities in settings you wouldnt normaly have.

  24. On April 7th, 2009 at 11:18 am boss Says:


  25. On April 12th, 2009 at 11:53 pm Indar Says:

    How do i change form ATT on the top to my name. And how do you change “slide to unlock” to what I want?

    Please tell me how.

  26. On April 13th, 2009 at 7:33 am ally Says:

    Indar – search for ‘make it mine’ – and you can change ‘ATT’ (or ‘O2-UK’ here in the UK) to your name or whatever you like.

    Such a useful little app.

  27. On April 13th, 2009 at 12:55 pm Indar Says:

    Thanks Ally, do you know how to change the text on the slider to?

    Mahalo (thank you) from Hawaii.

  28. On April 15th, 2009 at 7:05 pm victor Says:

    indar check this out


  29. On April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm victor Says:

    sorry this is of topic: whats the difference between internet explorer and firefox

  30. On April 19th, 2009 at 3:51 pm Sijad Says:

    Good Job !!! :D

  31. On May 2nd, 2009 at 9:43 am richard Says:

    I recently jailbroke and love it. But i have been ahving one problem. Whenever I lock it and unlock, springbaord crashes and i ahve to go to boss preffs and restart it. which is fine. but I want to use my lock screen! help?

  32. On May 7th, 2009 at 10:03 pm Dave Says:

    Categories, move all your useless apps into one place to remove clutter from your iPhone

  33. On May 10th, 2009 at 9:01 pm Scott Verburg Says:

    FontSwap – Great little app that lets you change most fonts, cool to make your ipod more your own

  34. On August 7th, 2009 at 2:59 am ned Says:

    how do you undo the five colum app?

  35. On August 8th, 2009 at 4:47 pm Jaypee Says:

    I liked how it is very informative and easy to understand tips and suggestions… i like the views… very helpful

  36. On August 27th, 2009 at 12:09 pm diegolocs Says:

    someone has good iphone games from cydia??
    which is the best??

  37. On September 22nd, 2009 at 9:38 pm Will Says:


    awesome site. Just wondering wat theme you used cause its pretty cool in my opinion.

  38. On September 26th, 2009 at 1:40 pm Brown Says:

    Awesome site. I have most of these apps.
    Few of my favorite other than above
    1) Lock Calendar
    2) Auto Silent
    3) sbSetting (replacement of boss pref)

  39. On November 18th, 2009 at 1:42 pm infoman Says:

    here are a bunch of great cydia apps(alote have been mentioned):
    Ifile (for hacking)
    Make it mine
    vWallpaper (moving backgrounds)
    Installous (get any app for FREE!)

  40. On January 5th, 2010 at 1:47 pm jamal Says:

    pretty crazy list dtunes also rocks installous is unlimited apps for free wich itunes frowns apon but im not gonna pay 10$ for an app look on youtube to find how to get installous its worth it also u may know it as appulous and download mobile theater any movie u want even the ones in theater in about 6 minutes

  41. On April 28th, 2010 at 12:30 pm jesse Says:

    Dtunes sucks!…oh yeah u forgot Winterboard, sbsettings, gba and other emulators, iFile

  42. On December 26th, 2010 at 4:42 am Jomby Says:

    Dtunes is crap it gave my friends 3g the walod ( white apple logo of death ) but for everyone out there just spend the extra cash and get a 4g they have cameras with zoom and recording plus you got extra stuff like facetime all in all its worth the extra bucks + cyida runs smooth

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    hey try android lock

  45. On December 31st, 2011 at 7:23 am jusMet Says:

    MyWi – great app!

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  47. On May 23rd, 2012 at 3:26 am buzair Says:

    i installed vibrus from cydia and when it rebooted it hangs on apple logo and not moving farther.
    any suggestions. dont wana loose my data. havn’t taken the back up lately.
    only apple logo and it stays there for minutes and doesnt boot at all.

    please help urgently.

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