How to Install Cydia on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S Manually


Although a lot of iPhone fans have changed their phone to the latest iPhone 5 with iOS 6.1, there are still a big group of people who are using previous iPhone models. For those who are wondering how to install Cydia on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S manually, here are a few delicious steps to do it. Do not worry, they are not as hard as what you think.


Step 1: Prepare a computer. It can be a Mac or Windows. Download and install any SFTP program into it. For Windows OS, WinSCP, CoreFTP LE, Swish (SFTP from Windows Explorer), FireFTP, Filezilla, BitKinex, and PSCP and PSFTP (from PuTTY) are highly recommended because they are free and stable. For Mac users, Cyberduck seems to be the most popular to be used. Once a SFTP program is installed, launch it!


Step 2: Now you will need to jailbreak your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. A few highly rated jailbreak software are RedSn0w, iJailBreakTool, Apple Unlocker, Jailbreak Unlock, and Greenpois0n. Download any of these software and follow the steps to jailbreak your iPhone. Note: There are hundreds of YouTube video tutorials about installing Cydia without jailbreak, it is IMPOSSIBLE for now and it is not recommended to follow any of them. In other words, it is a MUST to jailbreak your iPhone before continue to step 3 to install Cydia on it.


Step 3: Go to and download the latest DEB file. Save the file into any location of your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable and click on the “test connection” buttons in your SFTP program. Once both the devices are connected, you are ready to go.

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Step 4: SSH the Cydia DEB File you downloaded in Step 3 to your iPhone. The path has to be /private/var/mobile/documents/. The installation will be failed if the path is incorrect. Access your iPhone to the same path and you should be able to see the DEB file. Tap on it and tap “Installer”. Ignore the “Zip Viewer” and “Unarchiver”. Cydia will then install to your iPhone automatically in few minutes. Tap on the blue “Done” button once it is ended.


Step 5: Reboot your iPhone and the brown Cydia logo will be appeared in your device.


Even though this tutorial is particularly created for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, it works well for iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone 5, and other iOS versions. You are welcome to leave a comment at the comment box below if it is not working or you need help with your Cydia installation.

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry
    July 23rd, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    The page that you suggest ( has several hundred DEB files. “Cydia” is in the filenames of over 100 files. Your instructions don’t indicate which one to download.

  2. Vega
    July 29th, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Hi Larry, the latest DEB file for iPhone is cydia_1.1.8_iphoneos-arm.deb as you can c from the link it was uploaded on 21-Sep-2012 03:40. Hope it helps.

  3. David
    October 11th, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    How do you download the deb file? Sorry to sound stupid, but I click on the latest file and it just takes me to other files.

  4. Vega
    October 15th, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Hi David, just click on the cydia_1.1.8_iphoneos0arm.deb (it is currently the latest Cydia version) and the download should begins in seconds.

  5. blue
    January 8th, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    I cannot see the path like /private/var/mobile/documents/. Should I create a new one?

  6. Phoenixliew
    October 7th, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Hi blue, I am facing the same problem with you and it solved when I create the path /private/var/mobile/documents/ myself.

  7. Linda
    October 1st, 2017 at 10:53 pm #

    What version of Cydia do I use for my iPhone 5s running 10.3.3 and where can I find it?

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