To those unfamiliar with the activity, torrenting may seem like nothing but pirating copyrighted material on the internet.
While this is the case in some situations, the reality is that torrenting is for downloading free content that isn’t subject to copyright law, as well.
If you’re here, you likely want to know how to download a movie with uTorrent and we’re here to help.
We’ve been using uTorrent for over a decade now and know all the steps you need to take in order to download files using it.
Let’s get started.
The first thing you should understand is that it’s not difficult to legally download content from uTorrent.
There are tons of ways in which you can use BitTorrent technology that are legitimate and don’t involve violating copyright law.
BitTorrent technology is open source which means that it actively encourages users to share things and tinker with the software.
Fortunately for users of the technology, there’s a plethora of content including audio, podcasts, books, software, copyright-free TV series and movies.
Believe it or not, more and more artists are making use of BitTorrent technology to gain traction for their products.
They feel that they have a better chance of distributing their work efficiently with BitTorrent technology and they don’t have to spend any money to do so.
The same is true of larger entities as well. Video game companies like CCP Games and Blizzard have distributed legal content via torrents in the past.
While at first it may be hard to understand why anyone would want to use torrents to distribute legal content, it becomes clear when you realize how easy the technology makes it for people to find the content. It also makes it much easier for users to download the content and doesn’t require the distributor to host the downloadable content on their website.
Note:Torrent clients like uTorrent allow their users to download the same file from multiple locations simultaneously, thereby speeding up the download and reducing the load on any one server.
Now that we’ve covered a bit of how torrent technology works and what it’s for, it’s time to discuss downloading a movie with uTorrent.
We’ve put together a guide that should help you get started in no time. Keep reading to learn the steps you need to take.
Step 1: Download uTorrent
First things first, you need to go to the uTorrent website and download the client for your operating system. The client is free to download and use, so you won’t have to input any payment information to start the download.
Assuming you’re working with a Windows machine, you need to download the .exe file from the uTorrent website and then double-click that file from your local hard drive to initiate the installation process.
Once that’s done, just keep clicking the Next button, taking care to avoid allowing uTorrent to install anything other than the uTorrent client on your computer.
Eventually, you’ll need to click on the I agree button which appears on the license agreement.
After that, click Next again in order to move on to the next stage. You should put a check next to the option that allows uTorrent to bypass your firewall.
If you want uTorrent to open automatically as soon as you boot your computer then you can do that as well during this step.
Warning:Keep in mind that uTorrent contains some adware that can slow down your computer if you allow it to be installed.
Just click the Decline offer button in order to prevent the uTorrent client from installing any additional software on your system.
There will be multiple offers that appear so you’ll need to keep clicking Decline until you’ve dealt with all of them. Once you’re at the end, click the Finish button to complete the installation.
Keep in mind that the version of the client that’s available on the uTorrent website will be the latest version of the software. While this is usually the best option, many users claim that older versions are better and choose to use those instead.
Step 2: Search for a Source
Once uTorrent has been installed on your system, you need to search the internet for a good source of torrents.
As mentioned before, the internet gives you a ton of legal and illegal options. We’ll be sticking to the former for now and you should too for legal reasons.
An excellent option that you should keep in mind is The Internet Archive.
This site is perhaps the biggest source of software, movies, TV shows, audio files, documentaries, books and other content in the legal torrent market. Everything you see on The Internet Archive is free and legal to download.
The videos on the site can usually be streamed on The Internet Archive’s websites, but there’s also the option to download the file in a torrent format for offline viewing.
If you scroll below the streaming window, you should see a torrent link on the right side of the screen.
Click this link and the torrent file will be downloaded. You can then open the file in uTorrent and begin downloading the video.
While this process is specific to downloading videos, it’s not too much different from how you should download torrents of other files on The Internet Archive. Just look for the torrent link, click on it and open the file in uTorrent to get started.
Can I Use Any Web Browser to Download Movies Using uTorrent?
Stay away from Internet Explorer as it’s no longer kept up to date and may expose you to malware.
This is important:It’s also important to mention that most torrent websites aren’t safe to use.
There’s no proven way to make sure that the stuff you’re downloading from a torrent site won’t infect your machine. Another problem is that a lot of torrent websites offer content that may be illegal in some countries. Therefore, you’ll need to spend a bit of time looking for a torrent website that offers safe, legal torrent files.
We also suggest that you not rely on a single website to find your torrent files.
Use the search term torrents on Google and go to the top-ranked sites that result from your search.
This method should take you to sites that many other people have visited in the past, which may be an indication that the site is safe to use. Even then, you need to review the results with care because Google’s search results pages can be manipulated by employing unfair SEO tactics.
What to Look for When Finding Torrents
When looking for good torrent sites, you should pay special attention to the layout of the websites you visit.
Most of the time you’ll find that torrent sites have a big search bar at the top of the screen. Generally speaking, each website makes sure to put the search bar near the top but some good websites do it their own way to make their site stand out.
Once you’ve managed to find your file you need to watch out for a couple of things.
First, you need to take a look at the number of seeders that your file has. This number is usually shown to the right of the file’s name.
Seeders are the users that possess all or part of the file you’re trying to download.
Their computers are where you’ll be downloading the file from. You’ll also need to pay attention to the number of leechers the file has.
Leechers are the people who are downloading the same file as you.
Ideally speaking, your desired file should have a high number of seeders and a low number of leechers, but many files will not have the ratio that you’re looking for.
While you’re looking at the relevant numbers, don’t forget to take a look at the file details as well. You need to make sure that your file’s category and name makes sense to you. You may also be interested in knowing the quality of the file you’re downloading.
Most of the time torrent files will have the name of the movie and its quality description such listed as either 720p or 1080p. Sometimes you’ll find files that are in better quality than 1080p. Other times you’ll have to make do with DVD-quality content.
This is important:Before downloading a torrent always take a look at the feedback about the file.
Most of the time, the uploader will have given some information about the torrent and its content in the description section. There will also sometimes be a review page and a comment section. Review both of these carefully because it’s almost impossible to know if a torrent file is legitimate or not before you download it without first reading the reviews.
Most torrent users are kind enough to leave feedback on the files that they download and you’ll find that they will flag a file if it doesn’t contain the content that it claims to contain. The comment section is also a great way to know if a torrent is safe or not. Some websites have a rating system so keep an eye out for that as well. Some new websites allow live scroll for details on the file.
At this point, we should also mention the download button.
The majority of torrent sites use ads to make money and many of these ads attempt to trick users into clicking on them by making the ad look like a download button.
Ensure that the button looks like the other buttons on the site before clicking it. You can also hover your cursor over it to see if the URL is the same as the URL of the torrent website you’re on. The best practice is to use an ad-blocker that removes these ads completely to eliminate the possibility of accidentally clicking on.
Downloading a movie using uTorrent is a very simple process. You just have to be careful where you download your movies from, otherwise you may end up downloading fake torrents and malware-infected files.
This is important:For legal reasons, be sure that the files you’re downloading aren’t subject to copyright law and that you’re getting them from a legitimate source.
To keep yourself as safe as possible when downloading movies from torrent sites, you should use a VPN. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 best VPNs that you can use to help you find the best VPN to suit your needs. A VPN will keep you protected even if you accidentally click on a harmful link on a torrent site or download a copyrighted file.