An appealing user interface is a de facto requirement in modern software that has become better and better over the years. The world of BitTorrent clients is no different. While we still have those somewhat ugly but feature-packed torrent downloaders, there are many good looking options available for everyday torrent downloaders.
What is uTorrent Web? How to use it to stream torrents?
In the list of 2018’s top torrent clients for Windows, we told you about torrent downloaders like WebTorrent and Tribler, both having high scores in appearance. But the old and renowned torrent client uTorrent hasn’t fallen far behind in the race. Now, there is a lighter, web-based version of the torrent client available, known as uTorrent Web.
When hearing about uTorrent Web for the first time, normally a user would think of it as some online torrent downloader like BitPort that we can access by typing a URL in the web browser. It is, however, only partly true in the case of uTorrent Web.
uTorrent Web is indeed a website that allows you to download your favorite torrents anytime, but it lives in a server hosted locally on your computer. This brings a couple of pros and cons in the picture. Being a locally hosted torrent downloader, uTorrent Web can be accessed even if there is no active internet connection available. The same becomes a disadvantage because it can’t be accessed over the internet directly.
How to use uTorrent Web in Windows 10?
To setup uTorrent Web on your computer, you can download and install the required files like any other Windows software.
After successful installation, a shortcut is created on the desktop which opens uTorrent Web in your web browser. You can continue to use the shortcut or bookmark the localhost URL in your browser for easier access.
In comparison to its classic sibling, uTorrent Web doesn’t offer much in terms of features. The main screen of uTorrent Web features a search box which loads users’ queries (after adding ‘torrent’ to the query) in Google Search in a new browser tab.
uTorrent Web can automatically run when Windows boots and also capture torrent downloads. So, your downloads won’t discontinue even if you close the web browser. This might create some trouble during initial use as the user may forget to pause downloads and later face trouble using the internet. The torrent client notifies the user of its presence through an icon present in the notifications area.
You can move down slightly to see the Torrent Feed that lists all your torrent downloads. You can use the different filters and sorting options to arrange them as per your liking. It also offers the Force Start feature for downloading torrents.
There are two ways to add and stream torrents using uTorrent Web. First, the user can click the +Torrent button where are options to upload torrent files and add magnet links. Second, the user can drag and drop a torrent file directly into the browser window.
Exploring further, click the gear button in the top-right corner to open up more settings uTorrent Web offers. There you can choose whether to start the torrent client after Windows startup. Also, the checkbox “Open each torrent in new tab” is more helpful when the torrent contains a video file. The option allows users to view multiple torrent files at the same time. The Settings page also includes the option to manage upload and download bandwidth for torrent streaming and downloads.
As soon as you hook up a new torrent, you can stream torrents instantly. In fact, the playback starts automatically if the torrent includes a video file. You can still see the download progress below the media player.
Users would have welcomed more features but one shouldn’t have any problem with uTorrent Web because the user experience is what it provides. The torrent client is young and still sprouting. For more functions, the full-fledged uTorrent or BitTorrent are always there.