How to Use CheckRa1n App to download Cydia on iOS 13


The latest jailbreak tool, CheckRa1n, is now available for you to download, and it’s pretty easy to do. It’s based on the Checkm8 bootrom exploit and is compatible with devices on iOS 12.3 and above. Read on to find out how to install Cydia on your device.

CheckRa1n App

Download CheckRa1n Jailbreak:

Before you download Cydia onto your device, there are a couple of things to be aware of:

  • Right now, there is only support for macOS, but Windows support is expected in the near future
  • The jailbreak is semi-untethered and will require your computer to reactivate it if your device is rebooted.
  • It has support for the A5 to A11, 64-bit devices
  • It works on iOS 12.3 to iOS 13+
  • For not, on the iPad Air, iPad Mini, 2, 3, and the iPhone 5S, the jailbreak is experimental
  • The default package manager is Cydia, but Sileo and others will be added in future updates.


The following 64-bit devices are supported on iOS 12.3 upwards:

  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6/6S
  • iPhone 6/6S Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus
  • iPhone 8/8 Plus
  • iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPad Pro (10.5-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (2nd generation)
  • iPad (9.7-inch)
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 4

Installing the Jailbreak

Windows users will have to wait a bit longer, but macOS users can go right ahead and follow these steps:

  1. Plug your iPhone or iPad into your Mac computer – make sure to use the official cable
  2. If a “Trust This Computer” message appears, click Yes
  3. Download Checkra1n onto your computer
  4. Locate the .dmg file that downloaded and double-click to open it
  5. Drag the checkra1n app over to your Applications folder and drop it in
  6. Now launch Applications, find the app file and right-click on it
  7. Click on the Show Package Contents option.
  8. Now click on Checkra1n > Contents > MacOS
  9. Find and double-click on checkra1n_gui, and the jailbreak opens
  10. Ensure your iPhone or iPad is recognized by the jailbreak and then click Start
  11. A message will appear, telling you your device must be placed in DFU – click Next
  12. Click on Start, and the instructions for putting a device into DFU appear on-screen – follow them
  13. When you’ve successfully done that, the jailbreak will begin the exploitation process
  14. The verbose boot screen, complete with checkra1n theme, will appear – leave your device alone until the jailbreak process has finished
  15. When it’s done, shut the application down and look on your device home screen for the Checkra1n loader – tap on it
  16. Tap on the Cydia option and then tap Install Cydia
  17. Again, leave your device until Cydia has been installed and the app has closed
  18. If you see the Cydia icon on your home screen, the jailbreak has been successful.

How to Delete the Checkra1n Jailbreak

If, for any reason, you need or want to remove the jailbreak from your device, it’s simple enough to do. First, you need to install a Cydia app called Cydia Eraser – the same way you would any Cydia app; open Cydia, search for the app, and download it.

Cydia Eraser is an incredibly powerful utility; it is the only way you can remove Cydia from your iPhone or iPad WITHOUT affecting the iOS version you are on.

Here’s how to use it.

Method 1: Cydia Eraser

  1. Launch Cydia Eraser by tapping the app icon on your home screen
  2. Tap on Delete All Data and Unjailbreak Device
  3. A new window opens, tap on Delete All
  4. Leave your device; Cydia Eraser will perform the uninstall and reboot your device
  5. You can now set your device up as you want it.

There are other ways to delete Cydia as well:

Method 2: Succession App

Succession is a new jailbreak tool that works the same way as Cydia Eraser:

  1. Open Cydia and tap Sources
  2. Tap Edit>Add and type into the box
  3. Tap Add Source and wait
  4. When the repository has been added, respring Cydia and tap on Search
  5. Lok for succession and download it
  6. Tap the icon on your home screen
  7. Tap on Download Clean Filesystem on the app page
  8. Tap Start Download and wait – be patient and leave your device alone
  9. When you see the Download Complete message, go to the Succession page and tap Prepare for Restore
  10. Tap Erase iPhone and leave it; when your iPhone reboots, the jailbreak is gone, and you can set your device up again

These next two methods are for those who don’t mind being updated to the latest iOS version.

Before you start, check that iTunes is up to date. Open it and click Help. Click on Check for Updates and follow the on-screen guide

Also, make sure your device has been backed up using iTunes and/or iCloud

And finally, disable Touch ID, Find My iPhone/iPad and your passcode – you can enable them all again later

Method 3: Restore Device

  1. Connect your device to your computer and open iTunes
  2. Input your device passcode if requested
  3. Click Yes to trust the computer
  4. Click Device Summary for the connected device
  5. Click on Restore>Restore and leave things alone
  6. When iTunes has finished your device will reboot, and you can start again

Method 4: Restoring from Backup

  1. Follow the above steps 1 to 4
  2. Click on Restore Backup
  3. Choose your backup from the list – the one you took before jailbreaking
  4. Click Restore and wait; iTunes will restore your device to the backup version you chose
  5. Do not disconnect your device until the entire process is finished
  6. When it’s done, your device reboots and Cydia will be gone

The new jailbreak is one of very few released so give it a go and see how you get on with it.

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Lucy Bennett

Lucy Bennett is a Contributing Editor at iLounge. She has been writing about Apple and technology for over six years. Prior to joining iLounge, Lucy worked as a writer for several online publications.