How to Improve uTorrent Speed

Updated February 21, 2017

UTorrent is a popular BitTorrent client program which allows users to connect to one another and transfer data by opening ".torrent" files. Download speeds when using a BitTorrent client like uTorrent can vary greatly depending on your Internet connection, Internet usage and settings. Making a few tweaks to the program and your bandwidth use can often improve download speeds.

Use torrent files with many seeds and peers. Perhaps the most important factor that determines download speed with BitTorrents is how many other users are sharing the file you want. Seeds are users providing a file for download that have the entire file already, and peers are other users currently downloading the file who can upload parts of it to you. Look for versions of the file you want with as many seeds and peers as possible.

Change your upload speed. When using uTorrent, the max upload speed you have set is very important. If the upload speed is too high, it will make your download speed slower, but if it is too low, your download speed will also suffer, because the program is designed to reward people for uploading. Open uTorrent, click "Options," "Preferences," then change the global upload rate under the "Bandwidth" tab. Press "Apply" to save the changes. You may want to alter the upload rate a few times to find the rate that works best for you.

Make an exception for uTorrent through your firewall. Open uTorrent, click "Options," "Preferences," then go to the "Connection," tab and make sure "Add Windows Firewall exception" is checked.

Limit network usage on other computers and for other downloads. If othe comptuers on your LAN or WLAN are downloading files, your download speeds will be compromised. If you are downloading other files pause them or stop them to increase your torrent speeds.

Get faster Internet. You download speed on uTorrent always be limited by your maximum bandwidth allowed by your Internet service provider. If you constantly reach your maximum download speed, you should upgrade to a new Internet service with faster download rates to increase speed further.


Attempting to download multiple torrents at once will cause each one to run slower. If you want one file in particular, halt other torrents until it is done. UTorrent uses a small amount of RAM to run, making it a good BitTorrent client for older systems.

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