How to Download Torrents on Android.
Although torrent downloading has become popular for all the bad reasons, it can be very useful in many situations. Especially when you are trying to download large files. Just like you can use torrent clients to download torrent files on your PC, you can also download torrents directly to your Android device. Let me show you how to do it in this step-by-step guide.
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Note. If the files you are downloading are large, use this guide to connect your external hard drive to Android.
What is TorrDroid
To download torrents to an Android device, we will be using an application called TorrDroid, a popular, minimalistic and free torrent downloader for Android. Some of TorrDroid’s features include, but are not limited to, built-in torrent search, support for downloads via .torrent files and magnet links, the ability to restrict app downloads over Wi-Fi only, the ability to set download and upload limits, download queue, download progress screen details, built-in file browser, concurrent downloads, sequential download support for playing media files while downloading, the ability to select an external SD card as the download destination, etc. Simply put, TorrDroid has all the features you’d expect from a good torrent downloader …
Keep in mind that, being a free app, it is ad-supported. But the ads aren’t intrusive like in other apps I’ve tried (I’m looking at you, uTorrent), at least as of this writing.
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Download Torrents on Android
First, search for TorrDroid in the Play Store and hit the install button to install the app on your Android device. Once installed, launch the app from the app menu.
Once you launch the application, it will ask for several permissions to work properly. Grant these permissions by clicking on the “Allow” option.
To download torrents, you need access to a torrent file or a magnet link. Since the app already allows you to search for torrents using the built-in search function, give it a try. Just enter a keyword, select a torrent type and click on the “Search” option.
The app will show you all available torrents from verified sites. If you like one of them, click on it to start the download process. Or you can download a torrent file (.torrent) from other sources, such as your computer, and import them into the application to start downloading.
However, whenever possible, always download torrent files from the official sites. For example, I downloaded a Linux Mint torrent file from the official site. This ensures that the torrent is genuine and does not contain any nasty stuff. To add a .torrent file to TorrDroid, click the Add icon and select the Add Torrent option.
Note: if you have a magnet link, select the “Add Link” option, paste the magnet link and click the “OK” button.
The above action will open the built-in file manager. Here go to the folder where you saved the torrent file and select it. To quickly switch between internal and external SD card, you can use the top dropdown menu.
As soon as you select torrent, TorrDroid will start downloading the file. Depending on the file size and download speed, the file may take some time to download. You can see the estimated remaining time (ETR) below.
By default, TorrDroid downloads torrents regardless of whether you are connected to Wi-Fi or using mobile internet. If you do not want to download data from mobile devices, click the “Settings” icon (three vertical dots) in the upper right corner and select “Settings”.
In the preferences pane, select the Upload over WiFi only checkbox. This ensures that the torrent file is only downloaded when connected to a Wi-Fi network. If you are disconnected from Wi-Fi, the torrent download will automatically pause. When you go back to WiFi, the download will start again.
As I said, TorrDroid gives you more control over your torrent downloads. For example, if TorrDroid is consuming all your bandwidth and slowing down other Internet activities, you can change the download and upload speed to suit your needs. To change individual torrent settings, click on the Options icon (three horizontal lines). Also, the options icon itself wiggles, making it hard to miss.
The above action will open the Info tab. From here, scroll down and enter the speed in KB in the Upload Speed Limit section and click on the save icon.
The download speed will be instantly limited, freeing up bandwidth for other activities.
Also, if you are downloading a media file and want to view it while it is downloading, check the box next to Enable progressive download.
To view additional information about the torrent, such as the number of seeders and readers, the number of downloaded and uploaded files, the number of parts, the share ratio, etc., click the “Status” tab.
If the torrent file contains multiple files and you want to select a file to download, you can do this on the Files tab. Go to the Files tab and uncheck the boxes for the files you don’t want to download. Since I don’t have multiple files, I can’t select, but you can if you have multiple files.
After downloading the torrent, navigate to the destination folder using your favorite file manager. You can find the path to the folder / file on the Info tab.
That’s all there is to it, and it’s easy to download torrents on Android. Comment below, share your thoughts and experience using the above method to download torrent on Android.
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