Chimera is the first true iOS 12 jailbreak to not only feature a CoreTrust bypass so that binaries don’t need to be resigned, but to also support A12 devices, including iPhone Xs, iPhone Xr, and the newest iPads. Chimera doesn’t tamper with user files, making it safer than alternatives.
As most have already noticed though, the Chimera Jailbreak doesn’t install Cydia. Instead Coolstar and the electra team behind Chimera opted to bundle it with their own Cydia alternative dubbed Sileo. Furthermore up until today there was seemingly no way to replace Sileo with Cydia and the Electra team didn’t address the subject.
In light of this, some jailbreak fans became outraged that they were forced to give up Cydia. However don’t fret, we now have a solution to get Cydia on the A12 Jailbreak! This guide will walk you through the simple process.
In addition to watching the above video, the following (simple) steps will guide you through the undertaking. However if you own an A12 device (iPhone XS/XS Max/XR or iPad Pro 2018) that isn’t jailbroken, follow one of our two tutorials to do so:
Step 1: Launch Sileo, navigate to sources and add the following repository:
Step 2: Refresh your available sources to grab the packages on the aforementioned repo.
Step 3: Install Cydia Installer from Pixelomer’s repo.
Note: The developer states: “This will remove ‘Cydia Compatibility Package’ which is expected behavior”.
Step 4: Close Sileo and launch Cydia. Disregard the warning pop-up informing you about partially installed packages.
Step 5: Navigate to Sources > Edit > Add and add the following repo to your sources:
Step 6 (REQUIRED): Search for Sileo (Beta) and uninstall it. If and when you want Sileo back, re-install it through the same source.
Important Note: Do not install the Cydia Compatibility Package from the Chimera repo. If you want, you can remove the Chimera repo to get rid of it. It will look like this (again don’t upgrade):
Get Cydia working Properly
Once you have Cydia again, we’ll need to install a few things to get things functioning (better). First, add the following sources inside Cydia > Sources > Edit > Add:
Tweaks to Install in Cydia
Next, install the following tweaks inside Cydia:
1. Cydia Universal
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