How to fix Cydia not appearing on home screen on iOS 11.2-11.3.1

Even though a lot of users have managed to get the jailbreak working, Cydia continues to elude them. Here’s a quick SSH-based fix that will help you solve this problem once and for all.

Once you jailbreak successfully using Electra1131, Cydia may or may not appear on your home screen. This all comes down to luck but with a few commands, you can get the icon to show on your device.

Requirements

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch jailbroken with Electra1131
  • iTerminal
  • Wifi connectivity
  • A computer running Windows or macOS (optional)
  • Wifi network (optional)

How to fix Cydia not appearing on home screen on iOS 11.2-11.3.1

Method 1 (Recommended)

Step 1 Enable localhost SSH access on your device using the steps given below. This will ensure your device has SSH access enabled before you move onto the subsequent steps.

  • Open Filza file manager and navigate to /etc/ssh.
  • Open the sshd_config file that contains all your SSH data.
  • Remove “#” before Port 22.
  • Input Port 2222 on the following line.
  • Save the file and exit.

Step 2 Download and install the iTerminal app from the App Store. This application will let you start SSH sessions on-device, thus negating the need for a computer or a Wifi network.

Step 3 Turn on Wifi from the Settings app on your device.

Step 4 Open iTermainal, start a new SSH session, and input the following details –

  • IP Address – 127.0.0.1
  • Port – 2222
  • Username – root
  • Password – alpine

Step 5 Enter the following commands in the exact same order as they are listed below.

uicache
killall SpringBoard

Step 6 Cydia should now appear on your home screen. Open it and ensure it is in working order. You can now close your SSH connection.

Method 2

Mac 

Step 1 Use rootlessJB jailbreak by Jake James with the “Tweaks” feature toggled off.

Step 2 Go to Utilities and open the stock Terminal app.

Step 3 Perform steps 3-5 given in the Windows section below.

Step 4 Enter the following command –

sudo ssh [email protected]<Your network’s IP Address>

Step 5 Enter alpine in the “Password:” field. Remember, the password field will not display any text that you might enter. Just type the password and hit the enter or return key.

Step 6 Enter the following commands now.

uicache
killall backboardd

Windows

Step 1 Jailbreak your iPhone or iPad using rootlessJB jailbreak with the “Tweaks” option disabled.

Step 2 Download PuTTY for Windows from this link.

Step 3 Enable Wifi from Settings and connect to your Wifi network.

Step 4 Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap the “i” icon to access network details.

Step 5 Copy your network’s IP address and go back to the home screen now.

Step 6 Open PuTTY and input the IP Address you noted in step 4 in the Host Name (or IP address) field. Set the Port field to 22, which is the default port.

Step 7 Select Open and log in using the following details in the terminal.

  • Username – root 
  • Password – alpine 

Step 8 Enter the following commands in the terminal –

uicache
killall SpringBoard

Cydia should now start working on your device as it is supposed to. If you are still not able to get it to work, post your comments below along with your device and firmware version.

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