Learning how to download torrents on your Android
So today we’ll take a closer look at how to download torrents on your Android device. Interestingly, I had a few Apple turned Android converts ask me this exact question at a cocktail party during Christmas so I thought rather than e-mail them, I’d share the love with my fellow Android downloaders
The downloading world was never the same after BitTorrent hit the market – I definitely used it for downloading music albums, staying in touch with the latest TV shows or even grabbing old episode of Seinfield. For those who are unfamiliar with BitTorrent, this was a service which allowed you to download files at a rapid pace with the use of trackers while minimizing the memory impact on your computer.
As great as BitTorrent was, the introduction of uTorrent puts it in a class of it’s own. These days most users will turn to uTorrent for their downloading needs and because of it’s widespread success, their developers have rolled out the uTorrent Beta application specifically for the Android device. The Beta application now enables you to make the switch from PC to downloading from your Android device (including tablets) via 3G, 4G and of course, Wi-Fi.
Okay so tell me how to download torrents on your Android
Head over to the Google Play store and download the uTorrent beta app and follow the installation instructions. Once you have the application, we can start downloading torrents to your Android. I will generally maintain the basic downloading setup as there is no impact on the speed of your downloads nor are there any obvious malware issues.
I have to admit, I’m a fan of the user interface for uTorrent as the navigation is straight forward and not taxing on the eyes either. In order to commence or cease a download, this can all be done with a one touch process. If you touch the torrent file, you will be presented with the “Pause” and “Remove the torrent” alternatives.
Now I’m sure a few of you might have concerns with mobile data consumption, which brings me to my next key point – uTorrent for Android provides an option which allows you to prescribe the download limit and also lets you choose when you want to use 3G or 4G.
Negatives of uTorrent on Android
Given the app is still in it’s Beta stages, it’s fair to say that certain elements are not fully functional just yet. The obvious one for me was that the search function retrieves simple Google queries instead of tailored content within the application. The other one is that uTorrent doesn’t have a distinguished portal for legal video downloads, but BitTorrent have recently made claims that this functionality isn’t far off.
Overall, even if the app isn’t perfect, this is still a great initiative which allows you to download torrents on your Android. In my opinion, this is hands down the number one torrent client app for both smartphones and tablets. Once they address the in-built search functionality, better allowance for priority downloads and firmer integration with uTorrent remote, the overall popularity should increase.
In the meantime, the app is free and available on Google Play for those with Android devices (version 2.1 +). For those who have downloaded the app, I’m eager to hear your feedback.