Frequently asked questions

Answers to some of the most common jailbreaking questions.

What is a tweak?

A tweak is software that changes how your iOS device works, such as by adding a new feature. This contrasts to an application, which is confined to its own ‘container’, and cannot add new features to other parts of your device.

A jailbreak is needed to use tweaks.

What is jailbreaking?

Jailbreaking is a process that allows your device to run code that Apple hasn’t approved. While they review applications for good reason, Apple doesn’t allow any software that changes how iOS works, including tweaks.

For this reason, it is necessary to use a jailbreak to disable iOS’s built-in lock that prevents unapproved code. Jailbreaks often need to use a bug (or vulnerability) to get past Apple’s security.

Once your device is jailbroken, you will have a new app on your Home screen, called a package manager. The most common ones are Cydia, Sileo, and Zebra. You can think of these package managers as an alternative App Store, but one with software not allowed by Apple.

Isn’t jailbreaking dangerous?

Contrary to popular belief, jailbreaking is legal and very safe as long as you are careful about what you install. Apple often claims that jailbreaking can allow for malware, which can be true — if you install random software from unreputable sources, such as illegal piracy repos or other sketchy repos.

That’s why we created Dynastic Repo, which is a trusted source for tweaks. Every tweak on Dynastic Repo has been reviewed and approved by our team, so you can install with confidence.

Can I jailbreak my device?

As mentioned earlier, Apple is against jailbreaking, and new OS updates and product releases often remove the ability to jailbreak. Not to worry, the community is always finding new ways to jailbreak. You find out about your device in our jailbreaking guide.