Downloading from uTorrent is not the same as downloading files in your browser. There is a completely different process and there are many factors involved that may increase or decrease the speed of the download. For example, at what priority the torrent file is set? How many seeders (people who are uploading the file) are seeding? And how many files are being uploaded (seeded), etc.?
We can configure different uTorrent settings to maximize the download speed for a particular torrent file. In this tutorial, we are going to show you some simple tricks that may help you increase your uTorrent client’s download speed.
Seeders: Seeders are the people who have completely downloaded the torrent file, and now they are sharing it with other people (peers) who are still downloading the file.
Peers: Peers also known as leechers are the people who are still downloading the file and receiving the data. Peers also share data just like seeders, but only share the data that they have already downloaded.
Method #1: Increase Seeders by Adding Trackers
Seeders and peers for a particular torrent file decide how fast it will download The more seeders and peers are available for a particular torrent, the faster the download will be.
Trackers are sources that track and provide seeders and peers for a particular file, the more trackers you have, there is a more chance of finding more seeders and peers. You can manually add trackers in uTorrent for any particular download. You can copy list of trackers from this updated list for public trackers of year 2015.
Now, right click on the downloading torrent and select “Properties” from the context menu (you can also double-click on the torrent). Here, under the “Trackers” column, “Paste” all the trackers you copied, and click on “OK”. You should see more seeders and peers shorty and may see some increase in download speed.
Method #2: Allocate more Bandwidth to a Particular Torrent File
If there is an important file that you want to download faster and you are downloading more than one torrent at a time, then you can also allocated more bandwidth to a specific file.
- Just right-click on the torrent you want to download faster and hover your cursor over “Bandwidth Allocation” option.
- Now from the side menu, select “High”.
Now, do the same thing with other torrents, but select “Low” instead of “High” from the side menu. This will allocate more bandwidth to the important file while keeping other downloads in process as well.
Method #3: Change Bandwidth Settings
To change Bandwidth settings, click on “Options” and then, click on “Preferences”. In the preferences, go to “Bandwidth” tab option and set the following parameters:
- Maximum upload rate: 14
- Maximum download rate: 1800
- Global maximum numbers of connections: 2329
- Maximum number of connected peers per torrent: 257.
- Number of upload slots per torrent: 14
Method #4: Connect Directly with Seeds
Sometimes firewall can get in the way of seeding process leading to not receiving data from some seeders. You don’t need to configure any firewall settings of the seeder, you can allow your uTorrent client to directly receive data by avoiding any firewall in between.
- To do so, click on the “Options” and from there, click on “Preferences”.
- Now, navigate to “Connections” option and make sure “Enable UPnP port mapping” option is checked.
This will avoid the firewall and connect directly with the seeder.
The above methods are simple and quite effective in most situations. Although, there are other methods as well, but these are enough to get some noticeable increase in the download speed. If you have any questions or know any other reliable tricks to increase uTorrent download speed, let us know in the comments below.
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