How frustrating! You finally find the torrent you’ve been dying to download, but the download is taking hours, or even days. Isn’t there a better way? Yes! There is a better way. There are some tweaks and sneaks to help you get faster uTorrent downloads. Read below to find out more.
How to get faster downloads on uTorrent
Speed Up uTorrent With Faster Torrent Trackers
Seeders are those who have already downloaded the torrent and are now in the process of allowing others to download it. Peers are those who are still downloading the torrent. Peers can share the torrents too, but are only able to share what they have finished downloading.
When you add new trackers, it will add new seeds and peers. This can mean faster download speeds. Since the trackers close frequently and change a lot, adding new open trackers is critical for getting the best download speeds.
To do this, open the torrent with uTorrent. Begin the download, checking to see the speed under the tab called “Down Speed”. Right click on the name of the download, then select “Properties”. Find “Trackers” and paste the trackers you can copy off here. Choose “OK”. Soon, additional seeders and peers will show up, and your download speed could increase when that happens.
Speed Up uTorrent Downloads by Allotting More Bandwidth to the Torrent
When you are downloading multiple torrents at the same time, you can allot more bandwidth to the one that you want to finish faster. Simply right click on the file that you want to download the fastest. Hover the mouse pointer over the selection “Bandwidth Allocation.”
On the side menu, choose the option, “High”. Now, go through this process with the other torrents that are downloading, only set those to “Low” instead of “High”.
Speed Up uTorrent by Changing Additional Bandwidth Settings
You can also increase uTorrent download speeds by using the bandwidth settings. In order to do this, choose the selection named “Options”. Click on “Preferences”. Then find the tab marked “Bandwidth”. Use these parameters:
- Set the maximum upload rate to 14.
- Set the maximum download rate to 1800.
- Set the global maximum number of connections to 2329.
- Set the maximum number of connected peers per torrent to 257.
- Set the number of upload slots per torrent to 14.
Speed Up uTorrent by Connecting Directly to the Seeds
The seeder’s firewall settings can often inhibit the seeding process, meaning you aren’t getting any download data on some seeders. It isn’t necessary to reconfigure the seeder’s firewall settings, however. What you can do instead is to allow your uTorrent client to receive the data directly with no firewalls to interfere.
To set this up, choose the selection marked “Options” and then choose “Preferences”. Go to the option marked “Connections” and check to see that the option “Enable UPnP Port Mapping” is checked. This option allows you to avoid the firewall and connect directly with the seeder, speeding up the download process.
Count the number of Seeds before you download
In general, the higher the number of seeds listed for a torrent, the faster it will be. If there are more people “seeding” a file, uTorrent has more options for finding the fastest combination of downloads. When comparing two or more different torrents of the same content, you almost always want to choose the one with the most seeds.
Download via a direct, wired Internet connection
We’ve all become used to the convenience of WiFi, but a wireless connection can be dramatically slower than a direct, or wired, ethernet connection. If you have the option, plug your computer directly into your modem or router with an ethernet cable to get the fasted possible download speed.
Don’t queue up too many torrents at once
Sometimes downloading torrents can feel like being a kid in a candy shop. Everything looks wonderful, and you want to grab it all. But loading up too many items into your download queue at once will slow _all_ of them down. You can manage the number of active downloads in the queue section of your preferences and set it to “1” to force one-by-one downloading of your torrents.
Of course, your Internet speed is also a contributing factor to how quickly you are able to download torrent files. If your speeds are really slow, talk to your Internet provider about a faster service package.