Torrents have been around for longer than we can imagine. Even when there were no streaming platforms available online, there were torrents. There are torrents for pretty much everything – from our favorite movies and TV shows to the best games and software; there’s hardly anything you can’t download using torrents.
However, one common problem among torrent users is how much time it can take to download things sometimes. While torrent download speeds depend on many factors, there are almost always ways to get things downloaded faster using a few simple tricks. In this write-up, we’ll tell you the things you can do to make sure that the next thing you download using uTorrent doesn’t take forever!
NOTE: We must warn you, however, that using torrents to download copyrighted work is illegal in many countries. Be careful about cyber laws in your state and country before downloading things using uTorrent.
Make Sure There Are Many Seeders
While choosing which torrent file to use to download the stuff you want, make sure to choose one with a large number of seeders. A larger number of seeders mean you’ve more sources to choose from, leading to better download speeds.
Download Files One by One
While it’s okay to have several torrents in your uTorrent queue, it’s always a good habit to download files one by one. That’s because every torrent download takes a portion of your bandwidth, meaning if you’re trying to download multiple files at once, they will all take longer to finish. When downloading a single file, the entire bandwidth is reserved for that particular file.
You can change the maximum number of active downloads to one so as not to worry about multiple torrent downloads!
To do so, launch uTorrent and go to Options on top of the page. Then select Preferences and set the maximum number of active downloads to one. Apply and save before closing Preferences.
Enable UPnP Port Mapping
Enabling UPnP port mapping allows uTorrent to bypass firewalls and connect directly to the many sources of the file on the web. That ensures that your downloads happen at a much faster rate. To enable UPnP port mapping, go to Preferences, and then to Connection in the left menu.
Check the box next to Enable UPnP to get faster download speeds. Click Apply before exiting.
Ensure You Run Updates
Ensuring your uTorrent is updated is a big part of getting better download speeds. If your uTorrent doesn’t update automatically for some reason, you can do it manually by going to the Help option on top of the page and then selecting Check for Updates from the pull-down menu.
Adding More Trackers
Adding more trackers can significantly improve the download speeds because they add new seeds and peers to your torrent. That’s because trackers close frequently and change all the time, meaning that newer trackers will get you better download speeds.
To add new trackers, right-click on the name of a file that is already downloading. Then choose the option to Add Tracker. In some versions of uTorrent, this option may be under the Properties section.
Allot Greater Bandwidth to Your Torrent
One common way to increase download speeds is by allocating more bandwidth to a particular torrent. Right-click on the file you’re already downloading to open the pull-down menu. Select Bandwidth Allocation and set it to High.
Similarly, if you want other torrents to download slower than this particular torrent, you change their Bandwidth Allocation to Low.
Altering Bandwidth Settings
You can increase torrent download speeds in uTorrent by changing your bandwidth settings. To do this, select Options from the main menu bar and go to Preferences. From the left menu, select Bandwidth.
Here, you can set the maximum upload rate. We recommend that you set it to something in the vicinity of 15. Similarly, increase the maximum download rate to as much as you want. Set the global number of connections to 2329 while also setting the maximum number of connected peers per torrent to 257.
Enjoy Greater Download Speeds!
These are some of the simplest things you can do to increase download speeds on your uTorrent. We’re certain that following one or more of these steps will significantly boost your download speeds.
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