How to Hide the Cydia App Icon After Jailbreaking an iPhone

This is a question I get asked quite a bit. As this site is mainly about different types of monitoring software you can understand why people might need to hide the Cydia App icon and the fact that the phone has been Jailbroken.

I’ll show you a quick and easy way to get rid of the Cydia icon without removing the program – and help you disguise the fact that the phone has been Jailbroken. The best bit is that it is totally free!

Why Hide Cydia?

If you plan to install cell phone spy software on to any Apple device – iPhone or iPad, it first needs to be Jailbroken. I cover this in detail with this article.

When the device has been Jailbroken it leaves an App on the home screen – the Cydia app. Not so secret if you suddenly have

a big new App icon on your screen! If you don’t want the person to know about the Jailbreak, you need to hide this icon.

Cydia is basically where you can find all the software apps – not supplied by Apple, a bit like a store. You can’t totally remove it easily without removing the Jailbreak and you don’t want to do that.

I have to give credit to this article (and others) for this tip.

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Need to hide Cydia?

Here’s what you do.

Open Cydia and search for an app called “SBSettings” – download and install it for free. This app can do a few things but all we are interested in is that it can hide app icons from the main home screen.

Once it is installed, open SBSettings and hit “settings” – “more” – “hide icons”. You will see a list of all icons on the phone and beside them a slider you can set to ON or Off.

Find Cydia on the list and set the slider to OFF. Off means that the icon will be hidden.

You can also hide the SBSettings app icon – just to be extra safe.

That is it, the Cydia icon will be removed from the home screen but the app is not uninstalled. Hiding the Cydia App takes away the most obvious sign that the device has been Jailbroken and the person will be none the wiser.

This is the easiest way to hide the Cydia icon that I have found and it works every time – Now you know!

How to “Unhide” Cydia and SB Settings?

So, you have hidden the app icons for Cydia and SB Settings – what if you need to get them back, to change something or hide other apps?

It’s easy – just swipe the staus bar to the right or left (the default activation for SB Settings) and tap “more” then tap “hide icons”  from here you can toggle to hie or show items.

Need to know How to Jailbreak an iPhone? – this article gives you all you need to know and it is easy!

Is Jailbreaking not an option for you, but you still want to monitor your kid’s cell phone in some way? mSpy have a No Jailbreak version that might be able to help – read mSpy No Jailbreak review. It is totally different to regular spy software like Flexispy and is not installed on the target phone – offers more limited monitoring but better than nothing.

I explain more in the main mSpy reviews. Thanks for reading!

 

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10 Responses to How to Hide the Cydia App Icon After Jailbreaking an iPhone

  1. Fia October 10, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Hi Susan, great post. Important question though: will sbsettings still be visible when you swipe down? Also, will these hidden apps show up in ‘Settings’ which lists all the apps installed on the iphone?

    Urgent, much appreciated.

    • Susan Kennedy October 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      You can hide SBsettings icon as well. They will be hidden from settings.

  2. Sohag January 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Very useful article .

  3. cyndi April 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

    Once I hide the Cydia icon how can I get back to it if I need it?

    • Susan Kennedy May 14, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      Good question! I have updated the article and included how to get the Cydia icon back after hiding it. Just swipe the staus bar and select – more – hide icons – then you can unhide them. Thank you!

  4. Wina March 2, 2016 at 5:21 am #

    Great post! it helps a lot. Thank you so much!

  5. Nikohl March 3, 2016 at 4:19 am #

    Hello,
    I’m not tech savvy at all.
    How do you swipe the status bar?
    Thank you, Nikohl

    • Susan Kennedy March 5, 2016 at 8:09 am #

      Eh – the top little bar on your phone screen – just swipe it across with your finger. Hope that is what you mean.

  6. Karen May 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    Am I safe from spyware if I have a passcode on my iPhone?

    • Susan Kennedy June 15, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

      You would be if no one knows it or manages to hack or bypass it. I wouldn’t be totally confident but it is a good first step to protection.

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