BitTorrent is one of the most common protocols of transferring large amounts of data over the internet. It is a protocol is based on peer-to-peer file sharing. At any given moment, BitTorrent has, more active users then YouTube and Facebook combined according to Wikipedia.

It is capable to transfer a huge amount of data and because of that all users are trying to find how to speed up torrent downloads. The most popular BitTorrent client is uTorrent, and that is why we are going to show you how to speed up uTorrent.

Speed Up uTorrent

How to speed up uTorrent

uTorrent is the best BitTorrent client currently available.

These tips may be used on any other BitTorrent client, not just uTorrent. Note that we are not going to show you how to speed up internet – we are going to show you how to speed up uTorrent downloads.

Increase download speed

There are a few tricks which may show you how to increase download speed. This is going to speed up torrent download speed. You can speed up torrent downloads by following these tips:

Seed and peer ratio

This is a quite simple tip, but it is extremely important when deciding which torrent you are going to download from torrent download sites like The Pirate Bay.

Seed Peer Ratio

Always check out the best SE/LE ratio.

All these torrent download sites are going to show you the recent seed/peer ratio. So, it is important to look for torrents with best ratio. Usually torrents with more seeds compared to peers are better. So, 100 seeds and 50 peers is better than 1000 seeds (seeders) and 1000 peers (leechers).

Also, leave that “Use additional upload slots if upload speed < 90%” Checked.

Cap your download speed at 2x of your speed

Update: Thanks for Marko who send us this tip. I think it is worth to mention this because it helped me to go from 700 kb/s to 950kb/s on one torrent in a short time.

Go to Options > Preferences > Bandwidth and set Maximum download rate option to 2x of your maximum download speed. For my connection it would be 24576 kb/s instead of unlimited “0” setting.

Strange but seems this works on some torrents.

Use uTorrent 3.4+ Version

The uTorrent 3.4 version (and above) includes an update to the connection strategy, the optimize finding the fastest peers. Because of this, it is recommended to use the latest version of uTorrent client in order to speed up uTorrent.

Set DHT Rate

Hassan from Egypt sent me an email telling me that his download speed improved after changing default DHT Rating value (-1) to 2000. By changing this, I have noticed a small improvement in download speed on some torrents and it might work for you as well.

DHT should, in theory, increase your average transfer speeds, by potentially finding more seeds and peers than the other scraping methods.

To change your DHT Rate go to Preferences (CTRL+P) > Advanced and search for dht. When you find dht.rate in your advanced setting list, click on it and change it to 2 from -1 default value. Just like it is shown on the below screenshot:

DHT Rate

Change default dht.rate value to speed up your download speed.

You should limit DHT value especially when you have a lot of enabled torrents (which are downloading or uploading) and if you restart uTorrent frequently.

Set “High” Bandwidth Allocation

On some torrents you can force your client to get the better bandwidth allocation from the current seeders. To do that right-click on a torrent you wish to speed-up and go to [ Bandwidth Allocation > High ]:

Set Bandwidth Allocation

Set high bandwidth allocation to the selected torrent.

Wait a few minutes and you will probably see how torrent download speed is increasing.

Change to Random Port

Some firewalls actually may block ports that are accessed by your torrent client. This might drastically affect your download speed. To change this setting, go to [ Options > Preferences > Connection > Random Port ]:

Random Port uTorrent

Change uTorrent to access to a random port.

This will force uTorrent to connect to a random port. On some systems, this might highly improve your download speed with uTorrent.

Force Protocol Encryption

Force Protocol Encryption will not be beneficial to everyone. It can only make your transfers faster if your own ISP (service provider) actively slows down torrent transfers. However, you can try to force this option and see how it works for you.

To apply this option go to [Options > Preferences > BitTorrent]:

Force Protocol Encryption - Speed up uTorrent

Force protocol encryption for your uTorrent client to speed up download on some ISP.

Also make sure the check box for Allowing incoming legacy connections checked if not by default.

If after applying some of these settings above you experience bad performances, feel free to restore values to default.

Update Log:

  • February 2015, Added automatic connection formula calculator.
  • August 2014, Added several speed up options (thanks to heme)
  • March 2014: Added upload settings calculator.
  • May 2014: Added Protocol Encryption feature.
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11 thoughts on “How To Speed Up uTorrent

  • May 4, 2014 at 16:25

    I was getting speed of 100kb/ps & the speeds kept dropping constatly to around 30kb/ps.
    I tried your steps & set my cilent right & now my speed is at a constant 300kb/ps!

  • May 25, 2014 at 23:44

    I was getting speeds of about 10 kb/ps, speeds kept dropping down to 0. After this, speeds came to 1.5+ mb/s on a 1200:1700 ratio torrent.

  • June 19, 2014 at 09:17

    how do i do the same in utorrent on mac? theres no advance tabs and all. please help

  • August 4, 2014 at 09:34

    I always get speed of 19/20 Kb/s only…sometimes speed rises to 200kb/s but it decreases suddenly..what to do??

  • August 7, 2014 at 15:26

    Another tip for speeding up:

    Make sure you are using the uTorrent 3.4.* version and up.

    It includes an update to the connection strategy, the optimize finding the fastest peers.

  • September 30, 2014 at 23:11

    2.4MB/s to 3.5MB/s .. Thank you!

  • November 30, 2014 at 09:04

    i dont know if this help because my torrent speed is 1 kbps and never increases

  • December 18, 2014 at 01:31

    My normal rate was around 2mb/s… Now my download speed is up to 7mb/s… I just downloaded a 45GB torrent in under 2 hours! THANKS!


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