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A Beginner’s guide to downloading with uTorrent

A Beginner’s guide to downloading with uTorrent

Easy step-by-step guide that will help you start downloading movies, music, TV shows, and more in no time at all with uTorrent.

For most people getting started with the whole “BitTorrent downloading thing” can be pretty intimidating. Sure maybe some of you had practice with Napster or KaZaA back in the day, but times have changed. Now it’s “trackers” and “clients,” and the list of new terminology goes on and on. So exactly how and where to begin can be a daunting and intimidating proposition.

So for those of you looking for an easy way to find the path to downloading enlightenment, I present to you an easy step-by-step guide to get you up and downloading in no time at all.

The first thing we need to do is download a BitTorrent client. This is the program that will do the actual downloading for you. There are many to choose from and each has their own positives and negatives, so it’s up to you decide which best suits your needs and PC capabilities.

Currently, the most popular client server program is uTorrent because it’s relatively simple, effective, and most importantly lightweight. It’s small memory footprint consumes only 6MB of memory. Click here to download uTorrent.

Now the guide below will take you through the uTorrent setup process and beyond.

 

INSTALLATION & SETUP

1. To begin, download and install uTorrent.

Now we need to configure it to work properly and at a maximized setting based on your PCs internet connection speed.

2. Select “Speed Guide” from the Options Menu as shown below.

3. Run a “Speed Test” and note your upload connection speed.

4. Select your the connection speed determined above in the drop down menu as shown.

5. Choose a port number between 49512 and 65535(the recommended range). Also, the selected port must be forwarded if operating behind a router. As you can see in the picture, I went ahead and used port 49789 and then TESTED it.

….this is the message you should then see in your browser

6. Lastly, it asks if you want to “Enable Encryption.” The reason for this is that many ISPs block or throttle BitTorrent connection speeds and this setting helps mask it.

To test if your ISP throttles BitTorrent traffic CLICK HERE.

7. Click “Use Selected Settings”

 

PREFERENCES

There’s a number of different features and options, but the only we’ll concern ourselves with is where you want your downloads to go. You’d be surprised at how many people have trouble locating where their downloads are at.

1. Select “Preferences” from the Options Menu.

2. Here simply enter the folder location for where you want your downloads to be put in.

That’s it. You’re finished. Congratulations.

 

So Where Do I Find Stuff to Download?

Check out our extensive list of BitTorrent tracker sites for the latest and greatest in download sites. Also, I suggest reading our story on Private versus Public Tracker Sites to get an idea of what to expect from each.

 

How Do I Download It?

First you need to find what’s called a BitTorrent tracker site, it’s a site which has the actual torrent files that allow users to connect with one another and share data (CLICK HERE FOR TERMINOLOGY).

In the picture below I use the LegalTorrents site since I show actual downloading and wish to of course comply with copyright laws. As shown I selected the download arrow in order to download the torrent file and thus the corresponding content.

The files should then appear in uTorrent and begin downloading.

For a more honest representation, here’s how it would look if you wanted to download content from The Pirate Bay, the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker site.

Using “Star Wars” as the search query, I selected a Star Wars e-Book to download.

Then simply select the file and then DOWNLOAD THIS TORRENT.

[email protected] | @jaredmoya

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Rickybob68
Rickybob68

I downloaded the hobbit but its got an echo to it how do I fix this

Kieran
Kieran

How do you play the torrent, I've got one that's 100% dowloaded but it's saying "seeding" where it usually says "downloading 0.0%".

 

Goutham
Goutham

how to release the torrentz webside

 

yamschotu
yamschotu

can you please tell me how to perform speed tests when a phone modem is used???

yamschotu
yamschotu

can this be possible if a modem via phone i.e.,using a pc suite is used???

Luar
Luar

I'm a new mwmbwr that don't anything about this subject but I thihg this information very very goog Luar

rapamum
rapamum

perfect for a beginner...but what if the port forwrded shows and error

corey93
corey93

awesome for some newbies at this and and if it shows an error on port foward just remove it and pick a different open port

Bhavika
Bhavika

i have downloaded uTorrent 3.1.2 version but how to download stuff i type the thing in the search engine n i get plenty of options but i dnt know how to make it into use its irritationg me now i guess ares is more better then this thing :(

Sherry
Sherry

I downloaded utorrent 2.0 ..i am downloading a movie, and was just wondering how one can see the percentage of the movie thats done shouldn't the % be seen downloaded in the bar..

niraj
niraj

where i should go to fing movie to download to utorrent?

Craig
Craig

If you get a Error 10053 message change port number on utorrent and your router, worked for me.

elise
elise

what about for a mac computer!!! this is so fricken confusing!! and none of this is on the utorrent for macs!!

Byron
Byron

I've been using utorrent for years with no problems I think some ppl on here are either paranoid or full of sh@t!

Lekshmanan
Lekshmanan

thanks for the efforts... wonderful guide... :D

terry
terry

when u have downloaded afilm then how do u view it comes in diffrent formats aint got clue wat to do next can any one help simplyfy thanks

doxie56
doxie56

I honestly don't care who owns utorrent/bit torrent so long as I don't have to pay to use their service. If and when they decide to re-write their software to allow them to drm torrents that come from other (free) sites and/or charge for their services I have the right (as do you) to change to another software company.Unfortunately, we live in a capitalist society, which makes us sometimes fearful of the intentions of those with the money... and with good reason. So it's up to we consumers to choose to use those products that don't try to rip us off or prove themselves to have ulterior motives. At this juncture I fail to see the ulterior motives of these guys, especially since this is a FREE service. Until that happens I shall continue using their software for FREE rather than use that of a competitor who will charge me.I'm sure we'll all know soon enough if they have ulterior motives. Until then, enjoy the ride!

Abhijit
Abhijit

Thanks for helping us..................... I didn't have any concept about to download a movie but after visit this site i have improved my concept...............thanks once again............

shruti
shruti

good work dude............awesome for beginners

rossy
rossy

Hey thank you soo much for posting this :) very informative and easy to understand.. thanks a LOOOOOOOOOOT :D xx

Toby
Toby

is this site the best? and can i download games for consoles? if so what type of cd format will i know to burn it to in order to play it on my console

Alamelu
Alamelu

Just printed this out and am about to try it

aara
aara

i got a question though, the movie is currently downloading but how do i knw that its done coz even after downloadin i cant play it

olias
olias

Great!!.................really helpful ,Thanks again !!

Anand
Anand

Hey thanks for the info on how to use torrent......it was of great help.

arvind
arvind

But how to bring the movie link into the utorrent using legal torrents...??

Ravi
Ravi

I am unable to play .avi files I have downloaded, using VLC ???

hitesh
hitesh

i m jst new to download this soft.....but when i start speer run test it works but fails......m 4rm india adn my internet connection is 4rm cable....so i dont know my connection speed and i cant give any closest test location...i thought i would figure it out....but i cant..plz help me..!!!! :~}

rsomer
rsomer

helpful. I have utorrent 2.0 and it looks a little different. but still good

rsiner
rsiner

very good and informative, even for a noobe like me

superman
superman

a wonderful job.it gives a clear idea...............Thanks

beautiful
beautiful

im definitely new to this downloaded a movie now cant figure out how to watch it so deleted movie please help me do they hava book 4 dummies lol

gklsuksn
gklsuksn

Hi, When i tried to run the speed test, it failed with the messagedata read error: a local networking problem closed the connectionWat could be the reason for this?

Wanderbear
Wanderbear

Ok, I did all the steps up to choosing a port... I typed in the one you listed, didn't work. Looked at a list of ports, tried a few. None worked. I have an old PC, it runs Windows ME, but I have a 5mbps high-speed connection. So where can I find a working port? And why can't Utorrent just automatically configure everything for morons like me?

Beretta
Beretta

I have downloaded utorrent and configured it as you say. Router is also configured ( only on the single port forwarding menu.) Loaded a torrent file in utorrent..... No download starting. I have tried numbers of torrent clients...no downloads on all of them. I think the problem is a common one but I cannot find it. Tried turning off and on everything in preferences ...no luck..Just can make it work..

ashtreyy
ashtreyy

followed yo instructions about installing utorrent but when l got to testing the port it gave me this message: Warning!Warning! Port 51534 can not be checked. Your browser is setup to connect through a proxy.help urgent

Anon
Anon

There's something that is called "Plan B"...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_BitTorrent_clientsJust check out what's available to you. Besides, µTorrent is may still be under the company, but not all of it will be forced onto the programmers.1. NEVER USE BitComet (or BitComet Derived). It is a bad program. It eats out your hard drive as well as your RAM.2. BitTheif and BitTyrant are highly not recommended unless you want to get banned from trackers.3. Check out the Operating System that you are using. Some may not be to your liking (except µTorrent 1.6.1 for some), but at least it works.

Matthew
Matthew

all i got to say is utorrent is far more stable than Bitcomet.I used Bitcomet for a few years, constantly upgrading versions, and with each version came its own unique problem. I got fed up when my memory useage for it skyrocketed to like... 500 megs, and would freeze. i said the hell with it, and opted for utorrent.sure, its slower, but its more stable, and doesnt tax my memory. besides, you have to be exceptionally impatient if you bitch that it takes an overnight download to get a movie.- Matthew

FiendFace
FiendFace

If That's The Case What Do They Have To Gain.I Don't Completely Understand What The Deal Is,What's To Gain?

sierra080310
sierra080310

You should be able to click it while it's seeding and open up the file. Seeding is uploading, so if you don't want the process to continue once you have the full file, you can right click it and select "stop" from the menu and it will say "Finished" instead. 

kent
kent

i was wondering, how can you download a movie in utorrent?



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