uTorrent is what is known as a BitTorrent client. The client is a piece of software that communicates with other computers via a server.  In order to download torrent files, you need a BitTorrent client.

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There are many different BitTorrent clients available, one of which is uTorrent.

This is a very quick guide on how to use uTorrent to download files.  The first thing to do is open the app and perform a speed test.  This is done by navigating to Options, Setup Guide, Perform Speed Test. When this is completed, make a note of what your connection speed is.

Next, in the Speed Guide, you need to select the speed that best corresponds to the number you retrieved in your speed test.  Now choose a port number somewhere in the acceptable range (between 49512 and 65535) – Type in a number that is somewhere in between them and test your port number.

The next thing you need to do is to Enable encryption. Encryption is the process by which your client disguises your actual connection speed. If you want to download files faster, you need to enable encryption by clicking the box and then selecting ‘Use Selected Settings.’ You can also speed up uTorrent by setting up port forwarding. If you enable uPnP on uTorrent and your router, that will automatically port-forward the ports for you when you start the uTorrent application.

All you need to do now is setup where you want your downloaded files to end up.  If you navigate to Options, Preferences, Downloads and just select where you want to put your files.

Ok, that’s the preparation work done.  Now onto the meaty stuff!

Find a torrent search site, (there are many to choose from) type the name of the file/s you want to download in the search field.  Once you press search, another page will open. The first torrent site that opens is called mininova. The black bar on top of the page gives you links to other torrent searching engines if you can’t find the file you are looking for there.

You can now see the seeders and leechers on the right of the page.  These are people who have completely downloaded the file and are sharing it with others or are people who are currently downloading the file and only share a fraction of the file. You should always select the torrent with the most leechers and seeders.

It would be wise to always check the comments on the torrent as some torrents may contain viruses or corrupted files.  Once you are happy to go ahead, and then locate the download button on the torrent page. uTorrent will now display a box that allows you to choose which files to download. In this box, the files you selected are displayed. You can select or deselect the files you wish to download and click OK and wait for the file to start downloading.  Once downloaded you can use the file.  That’s it.

You can download uTorrent from FileHippo.com today.

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