In this post, I’ll be showing you how to remove Cydia completely from your device with two methods.
First, I’ll talk about Cydia Eraser (former Cydia Impactor), the jailbreak tweak available on Cydia which lets you restore your device to stock iOS but still keep it residing on the same firmware.
In case Cydia Eraser is not compatible with your firmware yet, you can simply use iTunes to restore the device. But using iTunes only allows you to install firmware that is still being signed by Apple. In other words, if your current firmware is no longer signed, you cannot install it on your device again.
Let’s dive in to see which method you should use to delete Cydia from your device.
1. How to use Cydia Eraser to remove Cydia[alert-note]Update: (08/11/2016) Cydia Eraser updated to support iOS 9.3.3.
Saurik has launched a new update for Cydia Eraser so that if you have used the Pangu jailbreak tool to jailbreak your iOS device (iOS 9.3.x) you can now install Cydia Eraser from Cydia.[/alert-note]
Why Cydia Eraser?
Cydia Eraser has been a very popular jailbreak tweak since the first release for iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4. This tweak effectively removes ‘every Cydia thing’ and returns your device to the stock iOS firmware without having to use iTunes.
The best part of using this method is that you can delete all installed jailbreak packages while still keeping your device remaining on the same iOS version. It’s very useful for those of you who have issues while using Cydia and would like to restore to fresh firmware and jailbreak again.
If you’re trying to sell your device, I recommend you to use this tweak instead of using iTunes. Apple always pushes out updates and stop signing the old firmware right after a new jailbreak tool released. Keeping the old jailbreakable firmware will make your device more valuable as many users out there want to own a jailbroken device with a ton of additional features.
Before proceeding, please take note of these points:
- Cydia Eraser currently supports iOS 7.1 through 9.3.3
- Cydia Eraser requires an internet connection to work
- Make sure you have a complete backup via iTunes or iCloud
- Make sure your device has enough battery to not interrupt the process
Ok, without further ado, here is the step-by-step guide:
Step 1: Launch Cydia from your Home screen, search for Cydia Eraser and install it.
Step 2: After the tweak installed, go to the Home screen, you’ll see new app icon labeled ‘Eraser’. Launch it.
Step 3: Read the instructions and then tap on the “erase all data, unjailbreak device” button located at the bottom.
Step 4: When prompted, tap on the Erase All option to continue.
Step 5: Your device will be forced to automatically reboot several times during the process. Don’t manually reboot or restart the device, just let it be.
When the whole process is completed, you’ll see the Hello welcome screen that will allow you to set up and activate your device, or even restore from a previous backup.
2. Restore your device using iTunes
This method will remove all traces of jailbreak from your device and update it to the latest available firmware. Of course, it requires iTunes installed on your Mac or PC and a network connection.
Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC and connect your iOS device to it with a cable.
Step 2: Select your device when it appears in iTunes.
Step 3: Click Restore iPhone… in the Summary tab… and then click Restore to confirm.
Step 4: Wait for the restore process to complete. This may take several minutes. After it is done, you’ll see the “Hello” screen with a “Slide to set up” slider. Follow the on-screen instructions to setup the iOS device. You can set up your device as a new device or restore from the backup taken previously.
If the regular restoring method I just showed you doesn’t work, then you should try restoring your device by putting it in recovery mode.