Cydia 1.1.19 update allows tweaks and themes to modify the look and feel of Cydia

Cydia Installer 1.1.19Jay Freeman aka saurik has just released a major update for Cydia.

Cydia 1.1.19 now runs as “mobile” rather than “root”. This means that jailbreak tweaks and themes can modify Cydia, just the way they can modify iOS and other apps.

Here’s the complete change log:

Cydia now runs as “mobile” instead of “root”. This means that Cydia Substrate extensions (tweaks) can now modify Cydia, just like those tweaks modify other apps and iOS.

How this will affect you: After you install this upgrade, you may be surprised to see that your installed tweaks are modifying Cydia. For example, if you have a tweak installed that improves how the keyboard works in all apps, it will now improve keyboards in Cydia as well.

Tweaks may have problems: Some tweaks may have bugs in how they affect Cydia, such as applying an odd color to a piece of text, because their developers have not been able to test this before. Please be patient and give developers time to update their tweaks — you can often follow them on Twitter for news and updates. You can temporarily uninstall a tweak if it is causing problems for you.

What if something goes wrong? If you install a tweak that causes Cydia to be unusable, you can fix it by booting your device with Cydia Substrate disabled (which also disables all tweaks). To do this: turn off your device, and turn it on while pressing the volume up button until it finishes booting. Then open Cydia, uninstall the buggy tweak, and reboot again to go back into normal mode.

This is a huge change as one of the quirks about Cydia was that it always retained the stock look even when you installed jailbreak tweaks and themes that changed the look and feel of iOS.

Cydia 1.1.19 update can be installed via the Changes tab in Cydia.

Update: Watch the video below to see how you can theme and tweak Cydia’s look and feel with Cydia 1.1.19 Update.

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