Daily Tip: How to delete Cydia apps from your iPhone or iPad [Jailbreak]

Remove Cydia Apps

Installed some Cydia apps onto your Jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and curious how to delete them? Tried the regular method of tapping and holding and making them jiggle but not seeing the handy App Store app "delete" icon in to corner? Don't worry, if your Cydia apps or extensions aren't working, are causing conflicts, or are simply no longer desired you can delete them as well. We'll show you how after the break!

With Cydia there's a few more steps involved in deleting an app than the App Store method but it's still rather easy

  1. Launch Cydia.
  2. In Cydia, tap the 'Manage' tab along the bottom toolbar.
  3. Tap 'Packages' at the top of the Manage pane.
  4. Scroll through the alphabetical list to find the app you want to remove.
  5. Tap the app to be taken to its respective pane.
  6. Tap 'Modify' in the upper-right corner.
  7. From here you'll have the option to reinstall the app or remove it altogether. Tap 'Remove'.
  8. Tap 'Confirm' in the upper-right corner.

Cydia will then perform some magic and wipe the app from your iDevice, and you'll no longer see the app icon on your springboard. If you'd like to reinstall the app, simply launch Cydia and search for the app you just deleted to reinstall.

Bonus Tip: If you'd like to remove jailbreak apps the same way you remove App Store apps, go into Cydia and search for CyDelete. CyDelete is a free extension and won't install any app icon, but instead allows the user to tap-and-hold Cydia apps on the springboard in order to remove them by tapping the 'x' once in wiggle-mode. We've tested CyDelete on 4.0, 4.0.1 and 4.1, but haven't confirmed it working on 4.2.1 yet so let us know if you have it up and running.

As always, if you have any questions or run into an issue, let us know and we'll do our best to help out in the comments below!

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Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Daily Tip: How to delete Cydia apps from your iPhone or iPad [Jailbreak]


Cydelete will not work for apps with out an icon on the springboard, for that you will have to do it the first way.

I've tried both methods to delete a NES Emulator but I haven't had any luck. It doesn't show up in the packages and when I search Cydia none of the emulators are installed.

@rudeboy360 You might have to "Expert" mode under manage, packages to see what you are looking for. In the top right hand corner it might says Simple, just press on it to switch to expert mode.

I have gone into cydia and deleted it. And there are still cydia apps on my springboard. And my springboard keeps crashing and my phone keeps turning off everynow and then and going into "safe mode". How the hell do I get rid of this stupid jailbreak crap! It's not even good at all!!!! Thanks

Mike - I have iPhone 3G that has been jailbroken with Cydia (man in a shop did it) which is rubbish so I want to get rid, however you CAN'T just 'restore' it in (the latest version of) iTunes because it keeps coming up with 'error 1015' and puts the phone into recovery mode (which I can get back out but then goes back to the Cydia interface). How can I revert my iPhone and delete Cydia completely?

I just install the Cydelete on my iphone 3g 4.2.1 this app really works good it deleted the unwanted cydia apps off my phone with out any problems. Thanks guys.

I am having trouble removing cydia from my iPad2... once I launch cydia, it does not have a "manage" icon on the bottom toolbar. Instead, it says "installed"

I cannot download anything onto my iPod from cydia. I tried to delete mywi ondemand but since that won't delete, it doesn't allow me to download anything else. Tips on how to delete this?

I deleted cydia but forgot to delete the tweaks before I uninstalled cydia. Winterboard still shows up on my screen. How do I get rid of all my tweaks if I can't go on cydia (because of deleting it) and remove them?

I am having a problem with an app that I recently downloaded off of cydia. The application was corrupt but I was able to still download it and I didn't know it was corrupt until after the installation. How can I delete this application because when I go into the the installed app it only gives me the option to delete not modify, and when I try to delete it I get an error message while its removing, and when I restart springboard the app is still there. What can I do to get this fixed?

I also cannot delete an App. It only appears "Purchase" and insists in 15 day trial.
How to delete it? Thx in advance for the good advice, Joh