How to increase download speed in Utorrent

Hello guys, is it annoying to look at the screen and wait for your favorite movie to get downloaded? I get your pain! Downloading entertainment comes for free but doesn’t want to wait longer doesn’t look like a fair deal! I will try to make it fair for you, Wait I don’t have a magic wand that is gonna boost your download rate but I do have some tricks and tips for you that can surely help you increase download speed while downloading any torrent file.

Torrenting websites work on a peer-to-peer architecture i.e. there is no centralized server that stores all the data but the data is spread over many different devices located at different places all over the globe. So many different factors play role in determining your download rate. some of these factors can be tweaked and are under our control while some factors are not under our control but, some good practices can still be useful.

NOTE:  Downloading speed cannot be increased beyond the bandwidth provided by your ISP, This article is meant for increasing and optimizing the download rate to its full potential because many times even if your bandwidth allows high-speed transfers but still, it is underutilized so here we will try to increase that.

Let’s dive in and have a look at different methods that might do wonders for you!

1. Picking the best torrent file:

Whenever you search for a torrent file there is a list of torrent files available for you to chose from, selection of the best torrent files depends on the number of seeders and leechers.

Seeders: These are the devices on which a particular file is stored for the purpose of downloading by other users in the network.

leechers: These are the devices that are downloading any file on the network, once these devices complete downloading the file they also become seeders and can start contributing to the torrent community.

While selecting any torrent file, the number of seeders must always be more than the number of leechers such torrent is considered a healthy torrent. Higher the number of seeders higher will be the Utorrent download rate. 

As you can see in the above example the number of seeders (Denoted by ‘SE’) is higher than the number of leechers ( denoted by ‘LE’) such torrents can give a promising downloading speed compared to other torrents.

2. Set High priority for uTorrent:

This can be considered as a back-end manipulation by changing the Operating system settings and giving high priority to Utorrent. Operating system work using threads for performing multitasking, by setting the priority high for Utorrent the thread attached with Utorrent will get more chance on the processor compared to other software running on a system, so basically we are boosting the performance Utorrent as a whole which can be of help in increasing Utorrent downloading speed.

perform the following steps:

  • Step 1: Open task manager by pressing ctrl + alt + del.
  • Step 2: Click on the details tab on the top bar.
  • Step 3:  Search for Utorrent in the list right-click on it Now, Go to set priority, and select High. Do not select real-time this might crash your computer.

Set High priority for uTorrent

3. Setting correct download and upload rates:

Download and upload rates can be limited as per our own will. Now setting up proper maximum upload speed is very necessary because, if the upload rate is very high then it might create unnecessary traffic at the router and might hinder the download rate. 

So one might say that we can just set our maximum upload rate to zero, this might not be wise option torrents survive on the uploading done by their user and many time reducing the upload rate too much might decrease the download rate. 

Setting the upload speed to approx 60-70% of your maximum upload speed will be a good option. To change this setting press ctrl+P Go to Bandwidth and change the settings.

Setting correct download and upload rates

Here 0 means unlimited speed hence set download speed to 0 and upload speed can vary around 14-20kbps.

  • Change number of connections in the same bandwidth settings: Change the maximum number of connections to 2300 and the number of upload slots to 14. 

4. Changing the connection settings:

Optimizing proper connection settings is very necessary to ensure optimal download speed. Many times firewall seeders hinder the downloading speed, But Utorrent has this very special setting that helps us download directly through seeders. Change the following settings to directly download from seeders:

Press Ctrl+P then go to the connection settings:

  • check “Enable UPnP Port Mapping
  • check Enable NAT-PMP Port Mapping“ 

This was all about escaping the seeder’s firewall but even from our end windows firewall might interrupt the working. The firewall might hinder the incoming and outgoing traffic via Utorrent. This might slow down the whole process so we need to by-pass Utorrent from the windows firewall.

  • For doing this in the same connection setting just check the “Add Windows Firewall exception”.

Add Windows Firewall exception

5. Changing the connection settings:

Optimizing proper connection settings is very necessary to ensure optimal download speed. Many times firewall seeders hinder the downloading speed, But Utorrent has this very special setting that helps us download directly through seeders. Change the following settings to directly download from seeders:

Press Ctrl+P then go to the connection settings:

  • check “Enable UPnP Port Mapping
  • check Enable NAT-PMP Port Mapping“ 

Enable UPnP Port Mapping

This was all about escaping the seeder’s firewall but even from our end windows firewall might interrupt the working. The firewall might hinder the incoming and outgoing traffic via Utorrent. This might slow down the whole process so we need to by-pass Utorrent from the windows firewall.

  • For doing this in the same connection setting just check the “Add Windows Firewall exception”.

Enable NAT-PMP Port Mapping

6. Individual bandwidth allocation to torrents:

suppose you are downloading many torrent files simultaneously then download speeds of all the files will decrease as your internet connection has a fixed bandwidth provided by your ISP. Now if you want to increase the download speed for a particular torrent file it is possible, Utorrent allows you to allocate bandwidth to individual files.

In Utorrent on the dashboard select the file for which you want to increase the download speed, Right-click on that, and go to bandwidth allocation set it as High. In a similar manner select the other files and set their bandwidth allocation settings as low. This will increase the download speed for a particular file by allocating more bandwidth to that file and reducing the bandwidth of other torrent downloads.

Utorrent bandwidth setting

7. Adding more trackers to the list:

Trackers are responsible for providing a list of seeders and peers for any particular download. In other words, they help us identify the source of our file in such a huge network. Now, whenever you start downloading any torrent Utorrent will initially stick to the originating tracker. Utorrent has this amazing feature that allows you to manually add trackers to any download.

Now adding more trackers means increasing the number of seeders that in turn means increasing the health of torrent files, this will finally result in increased download speed.

To add more trackers to the list select the file from the dashboard Right-click on it go to properties. In the list of trackers shown under the general tab paste all the trackers from the list given below.

Utorrent tracker

https://220.162.244.175:53880/announce

https://www.ipmart-forum.com:2710/announce

https://tracker2.istole.it:60500/announce

https://tracker.deluxebits.to:3552/announce

udp://coppersurfer.tk:6969/announce

udp://tracker.prq.to/announce

udp://tracker.btzoo.eu:80/announce

https://tracker.torrentbox.com:2710/announce

https://tracker.hexagon.cc:2710/announce

https://tracker.torrent.to:2710/announce

https://axxo.sladinki007.net:6500/announce

https://www.torrent-downloads.to:2710/announce

udp://9.rarbg.com:2710/announce

https://inferno.demonoid.com:3400/announce

https://tracker.prq.to/announce

https://tracker.torrenty.org:6969/announce

https://tpb.tracker.thepiratebay.org/announce

https://t.ppnow.net:2710/announce

https://tracker.paradise-tracker.com:12000/announce

https://www.torrentvideos.com:6969/announce

https://tracker.sladinki007.net:6500/announce

https://tracker.bitebbs.com:6969/announce

udp://tracker.opentrackr.org:1337/announce

udp://tracker.openbittorrent.com:80

udp://tracker.publicbt.com:80

udp://tracker.istole.it:80

udp://tracker.btzoo.eu:80/announce

https://opensharing.org:2710/announce

udp://open.demonii.com:1337/announce

https://announce.torrentsmd.com:8080/announce.php

https://announce.torrentsmd.com:6969/announce

https://bt.careland.com.cn:6969/announce

https://i.bandito.org/announce

https://bttrack.9you.com/announce

udp://coppersurfer.tk:6969/announce

https://tracker.pubt.net:2710/announce

udp://glotorrents.pw:6969/announce

udp://tracker.pomf.se/announce

udp://9.rarbg.com:2710/announce

udp://tracker.istole.it:80/announce

udp://tracker.publicbt.com:80/announce

udp://open.demonii.com:1337/announce

udp://p4p.arenabg.ch:1337/announce

udp://tracker.openbittorrent.com:80/announce

udp://tracker4.piratux.com:6969/announce

udp://open.demonii.com:1337/announce 

https://bt1.the9.com:6969/announce 

https://tracker.ydy.com:102/announce

udp://tracker.blackunicorn.xyz:6969/announce

udp://inferno.demonoid.ph:3389/announce

https://eztv.sladinki007.eu:60500/announce

https://moviesb4time.biz/announce.php

https://tracker.deadfrog.us:42426/announce

https://mpggalaxy.mine.nu:6969/announce

https://www.sumotracker.org/announce

https://9.rarbg.com:2710/announce

https://mgtracker.org:2710/announce

https://announce.torrentsmd.com:6969/announce

https://bt.careland.com.cn:6969/announce

https://explodie.org:6969/announce

https://tracker1.wasabii.com.tw:6969/announce

https://tracker.best-torrents.net:6969/announce

https://tracker.tfile.me/announce

udp://tracker.publicbt.com:80/announce

https://tracker.torrenty.org:6969/announce

udp://tracker.openbittorrent.com:80/announce

udp://9.rarbg.com:2710/announce

udp://explodie.org:6969/announce

udp://coppersurfer.tk:6969/announce

udp://tracker.openbittorrent.com:80/announce

udp://11.rarbg.com:80/announce

udp://tracker.openbittorrent.com:80

udp://exodus.desync.com:6969/announce

udp://tracker.istole.it:80/announce

udp://tracker.openbittorrent.com:80/announce

https://denis.stalker.h3q.com:6969/announce

udp://9.rarbg.me:2710/announce

8. Changing the disk cache settings:

Utorrent uses the cache memory of the system to quickly read and write the data from the memory. Data from the cache memory can be quickly accessed compared to the main memory and because of this overall response and the performance of the application is improved.

Now the predefined values in the Utorrent also work good but in case if you are an avid Utorrent user and maintain a high amount of downloads on regular basis then you might want to change disk cache settings.

To change this setting press Ctrl + P to open preferences. Now, go to advanced> Disk cache 

Check the box ” override automatic cache size and specify the size manually” this will override the automatic caching functionality of Utorrent. Now manually assign a higher cache size to avoid overloading issues while downloading multiple torrents together. Assign a  cache size higher than 512 Mb.

9. Changing the default port for torrenting.

Utorrent works on the BitTorrent protocol. Now the default port used for this is between 6881 to 6999 and this is a very well-known fact by your ISP. Now your ISP might simply block the traffic from these ports to decrease the burden on their network. They might throttle your connection and you can see a reduction in your download speed on regular basis for all your active downloads.

Changing this default address to a port above 10000 might do the trick to bypass your ISP throttling your connection. To change the port address press Ctrl+P go to the Connections tab. Now change the address where it is mentioned as “Port used for incoming connections” to a number greater than 10000 maybe something like 45682 will work.

10. Using an ethernet connection

Many times if your system is connected to the internet using a wifi network connection your internet speed might work at an optimum rate. Wireless connections are not really reliable connections because of the environmental and some other factors that can cause interference in the received signals which can lead to loss of bandwidth.

Try using a wired internet connection by using a  LAN cable to connect your system with the router, a good quality ethernet cable can improve the internet connection speed and also keep it consistent.

Conclusion: 

So these were all the hacks that you might try to increase your torrent download speed by changing some of the Utorrent settings. As mentioned earlier torrent download speed depends on a multitude of factors and changing all the mentioned torrent settings might not always help so you can always do a trial and error and work with the best settings that work for you. If nothing works then you might need to loosen your pockets and buy a premium internet connection with high bandwidth from your ISP. 

You can avoid all this hassle by simply purchasing a seedbox which also helps you to stay anonymous and you never have to worry about your privacy. Seedboxes also provided live streaming that works fine with an average internet connection. Do have a look at one of the best seedbox providers out in the market with fully loaded features at Iseedfast.com.