How to Delete an Installed DEB File on an iPhone


Jailbroken iPhones install applications and modifications using DEB files, which are Debian packages. A DEB file is similar to a ZIP file archive in that it contains several files as well as some information the iPhone uses to install and uninstall the files. Removing DEB files and packages from your iPhone is easy to do, but it does require a little more effort than deleting a standard non-jailbroken iPhone application. All you need to do is launch Cydia, which you used to install the package originally, and follow a few steps to remove the installed package.

  • Launch Cydia on your iPhone and tap the "Manage" menu option.

  • Tap the "Packages" option in the Manage screen.

  • Locate the name of the package you want to delete from your phone and tap the name.

  • Tap "Modify," select "Remove," and then tap "Confirm."

  • Tap either "Restart SpringBoard" or "Return to Cydia," depending on which option is given following the removal of the package.

Tips & Warnings

  • The information in this article applies to iPhones 3, 3S and 4 running a jailbroken version of iOS up to version 6.1.3. Also, this applies to iPhones 4S and 5 running a jailbroken version of iOS up to version 6.1.2.
  • Jailbreaking your iPhone is not supported by Apple and doing so will void the service warranty on your phone.


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