For the past few years, Cydia may be a foreign word to Android users although it is one of the most popular App Store alternatives for iOS users. This year, Cydia is no longer a foreign app to Android users because Saurik has lunched Cydia for Android and named it as Cydia Substrate. With the released of Cydia Substrate, Android users are able to enjoy what jailbreak users have been enjoying for the past few years – free apps, free tweaks, free games, free themes, free ringtones, and third-party apps that are not allowed to sell in the App Store or Play Store.


There are many apps and tweaks come together with the released of Cydia for Android and Winterboard is one highly recommended app. It is also a Cydia package. Winterboard allows an Android user to customize your own Android phones and tablets in any way you want. With Winterboard installed, you can change the look of Android operating system by changing the icon, theme, color and others. In order to download Cydia to an iPhone, you need to jailbreak your iOS device. For Android, Cydia substrate requires you to root your device too. An Android device without root or no root is not able to run Cydia Substrate or install any Cydia tweaks.


What is Cydia Substrate?


Cydia Substrate is a third-party app that allows an Android user to install third party apps as well as cracked apps. Cracked apps means you can download premium apps or paid apps without paying a dime. An Android device is able to run third party products or extensions if it is rooted and installed with Cydia Substrate. For those who have been using iPhone, iPad Air, and iPod Touch and are familiar with Cydia on iOS 8, Cydia Substrate is simply Cydia for Android. Android devices without root or not root are like non-jailbreak iOS devices.


How to Download Cydia for Android Phones


The process to download Cydia on an Android smartphone or tablet is much easier than downloading it to an iOS 8 device. Compare the steps below here with download Cydia on iOS 8 and you will understand. Before you begin, it is important to understand that Cydia Substrate works on Android 2.3 and above.


Step 1: Perform a complete backup on your Android device. Skip this step if you are doing this on a newly bought Android phone.


Step 2: Get your Android device rooted. There are many ways to do so. A universal rooting method is highly recommended here because it is the easiest and fastest method to root an Android.  Framaroot is one app you can considered to root any Android 4.0 or above devices. As for Android 2.3 or 3.x, you can consider SuperOneClick or GingerBreak.


Step 3: Access to Google Play Store and search for Cydia Substrate. Tap on it to install it right away to your device. Tap on “Allow this application to access your root” if you are prompt with a warning message.


Step 4: You should be able to install Cydia Substrate within a minute. If you failed to get Cydia, you may need to download the APK file with the steps below.

Cydia for Android

Download Cydia Substrate APK


You may try this method to download Cydia Substrate APK if the above method is not working for you.


Step 1: On your PC or Mac, open a browser and access to Google. Search for “Cydia for Android APK” or “Cydia Substrate APK”.


Step 2: Pick a trustable website and download Cydia Substrate APK to your local computer.


Step 3:  Use a FTP program, for example, Filezilla or Cyberduck to transfer Cydia Substrate APK file from your computer to your Android device. It can be any folder in your Android.


Step 4: On your Android, go to the folder and tap on Cydia Substrate APK to install the application. That’s how you can get Cydia for Android with a PC or Mac. You can now surf for many Cydia apps once you successfully download Cydia to your Android. Don’t like Cydia Substrate? Try Xposed Framework and share us your thoughts.