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increase-torrent-speedShort Bytes: Is your torrent download speed slow and you want to speed it up? Here, we have written a comprehensive guide that covers different aspects of torrent downloading. Follow these steps and speed up the torrent downloading on your computer.

Using torrent clients is one of the most popular ways to share the files over the web. While there are just minimal basic settings needed to run these clients, there are some tweaks for more advanced users.

To increase the torrent download speed, you can always find plenty of good ways online. In this article, we are trying to provide you all those methods and tips at a single place. Take a look:

  • Install a Lightweight Torrent Client

To increase the torrent downloading speed, the very first step you need to follow is to install a lightweight torrent client. Although, BitTorrent is one of the most popular torrent clients around, but it comes with lots of bloated apps and other features. So, I prefer uTorrent most for a hassle-free and faster torrent downloading. You can also install qBittorrent since it’s another lightweight torrent client.

The reason for using a lightweight torrent client is that it only focuses on downloading torrents and speeds up the transfer rate. uTorret and qBittorrent are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

  • Choose a Healthy Torrent

For choosing a healthy torrent, first you need to understand the concept of seeder and leecher. These two terms always confuse the new torrent enthusiast, so, here I will try to clear your doubts in simple language. A seeder is one who has the complete copy of the file shared across the network which you intend to download, however, a leecher is one who does not have the complete copy of file and has joined the network to download the file. Once a leecher downloads the file completely, he/she will become a seeder.

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For a high torrent download speed, the number of seeders should be higher than the number of leechers. The more is number of seeders, the healthier your torrent will be. So, while choosing a torrent, make sure that the seeder-leecher ratio is high.

  • Add an Exception to Windows Firewall

Windows firewall can block your torrent client or you can say your incoming BitTorrent connections. So, adding an exception to Windows firewall will be a good option to boost torrent downloading speed. First navigate to Options> Preferences> Connections, now check Add Windows Firewall exception and then click Apply .

(Check Enable UPnP port mapping in case it’s unchecked).

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Warning: Do not shut down Windows Firewall permanently as it leaves your PC open to attack.

  • Change General Settings to Optimize uTorrent

To increase the speed of your torrent, make sure all the three option that are shown in the figure below are checked. To find these options, navigate to Options> Preferences> General then check Append .!ud to incomplete files and Pre-allocate all files. Usually, the third option is already checked but if it’s not, check that too.

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  • Limit Your Global Upload and Download Rate

You can also speed up your torrent downloading by limiting the upload and download rate. But, first you should understand the fact that torrents breathes the uploading done by users. So, turning it completely off, or setting it as 1kB/s, would not be a wise option. But, at the same time, you don’t want your upload rate to set it as maximum (‘0’ stands for unlimited) as it can choke down your own connection.

Setting upload rate to about 70-80% of your maximum upload speed would be a great option. Whereas, you can keep the download rate 0, as it is considered as maximum. To configure these options navigate to Proprties> Bandwidth, then set the Global Upload Rate Limit as 80% your max upload.

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  • Change the Number of Connections

Once you’ve set the upload/download rate, you can now change the number of connections to avoid any overload. Although, if you do hit and trial with the settings you might get a better result. But, for those who aren’t very much sure, I can suggest you some rough numbers which might increase torrent downloading speed.

Navigate to properties> Bandwidth, then set Global maximum number of connections to 150 and maximum number of connected peer per torrent to 100. Leave the upload slot as it is.

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  • Add More Trackers

Trackers are a good way to optimize the torrent download speed. Adding new and faster trackers to your existing torrents can increase the download speed by adding new seeds and peers to your connection. The method of adding trackers to your torrent is not so complicated as you only have to add these links to your existing trackers. While pasting the new tracker, make sure that you are not erasing the existing ones (and do not worry about duplication).

To add new trackers, first right click on the torrent you are downloading and then select Properties. Under the General tab, you will find the trackers list. Scroll to the bottom and paste trackers from the list given below.

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Here is the list of trackers:

In case you want more trackers, here is the complete torrent tracker list.

Did you find the article on how to increase torrent download speed useful? Or, do you know any other methods to speed up the torrent downloading? Let us know in comments below.

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