If you are an iOS user, you may be aware of the fact that Apple doesn’t allow torrent clients in its App Store. According to Apple, these apps are not allowed because this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights. In order to install torrent clients on iOS devices, we usually require jailbreak. However, in this article we’ll show you how to download torrents on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch; and that too without jailbreaking your device.
How to download Torrents on iOS
In spite of Apple’s restrictions, it is still possible to download files via torrents on iOS devices without jailbreaking them. There are two possible ways of doing this.
- Using torrent clients.
- Via third party web based services.
Torrent Client for iOS
Although no official BitTorrent clients are available in the App Store, you can still get full desktop class torrent download experience on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Say hello to iTransmission!
iTransmission is a native BitTorrent client for iOS. It uses the same backend as Transmission, the BitTorrent client for Mac. We’ll provide complete step by step instructions on how to install iTransmission on iOS devices. Since the app is not available on the App Store, the installation method will be slightly different from the conventional one.
The latest version of iTransmission (iTransmission 4) is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and requires iOS 5.1 or later (especially optimized for iOS 7 & iOS 8).
Install iTransmission on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
- Open the iTransmission download page on your iOS device.
- On the iTransmission download page, click on the Install button from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
- A pop up appears asking you whether you want to install the app or not. Tap on install. This will download and install the app on your device.
When launching iTransmission 4 for the first time, you may get a prompt asking you whether to trust the app developer or not. Tap on Trust and enjoy downloading torrents on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Update: In case the above method for installing iTransmission fails, you can use a third party desktop client called iFunBox to install iTransmission on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Just download the iTransmission .ipa file and install it using iFunBox. For more information regarding .ipa installation using iFunBox, refer to the official blog post. After installation is successfully completed, you should be able to run the iTransmission app on your device running iOS 5.1 or above.
Note: If you’re looking for a stable iOS torrent client, the best option is to jailbreak your device and install the iTransmission app from Cydia. For non-jaibroken devices, the above free solution is not quite stable due to frequent certification issues with the app. But if you want the iTransmission app to be stable on non-jailbroken iOS devices, you can install the app from the BuildStore, which requires you to pay a yearly subscription fee ($9.99) in order to use the service.
Download and Transfer files using iTransmission
- Open iTransmission on your iOS device.
- Click on the Add (+) button at the bottom-left corner to add a new torrent.
- Choose the source of your torrent from the Menu:
Web: If you want to search and download the torrent.
Magnet: If you have a magnet link for download.
URL: if you have the direct link to the torrent file.
After the torrent is added to queue, it will take some time to begin the download; but once the download starts, it is capable of utilizing the full bandwidth. Magnet links take more time to start downloading than direct torrents because it takes some time to fetch the torrent metadata from the magnet link. Once the download starts, wait for the download to be completed.
The app may be disconnected if you push it to the background. Keep the app open until the download is complete, otherwise your download might get interrupted.
You can also control the upload and download limit or specify the port to be used for torrent downloads.
When the download is completed, tap on the torrent to open the Details screen. Go to Files (under More Section) and tap on the individual files to move them one by one to a supported application of your choice.
By default, iTransmission might not download data over cellular network. If you want to enable torrent download over cellular data, tap the gear icon at the bottom right corner to open Preferences and turn on Cellular Network under Network Interface. Finally, tap on Save in the top right corner to save the changes.
Note: We have come across an issue with iTransmission on jailed devices where the app crashes after several days of use. Reinstalling the app may resolve the issue.
Download Torrents on iOS (via web based services)
If you don’t wish to use torrent clients, you can still download torrents as regular downloads. There are a few third party cloud services that offer to download torrents over HTTP. You just tell the service to download torrent files on your behalf and then you download the same files from the particular service. Zbigz is one such cloud storage service.
For HTTP downloads, you can use any download manager for iOS to download files. In this example, we are using Documents app as the download manager.
Download Torrents using Zbigz on iOS
- Download and install Documents app from App Store.
- Open the app and drag the browser slider from the bottom right corner.
- In the search box, search for a torrent file. Instead of downloading the torrent, copy the torrent / magnet link.
- Now open the Zbigz website in Documents app browser and paste the link in the provided input field.
- Now tap the ‘Go!’ button. Zbigz will automatically start downloading the torrent to Zbigz’s servers. While the download completes, you may minimize the application and continue other operations.
- When the download is complete, just download the required files from the generated links.
- Documents app will take over the download and save the files into the app’s storage.
You can track the status of downloads in the Download tab. The Downloaded files can be found in the Downloads folder within Documents app. Documents app can natively open popular media and document files. If you want, you can also open the downloaded files in other supported apps, share them over WiFi, or transfer them to your computer.
We do not encourage anyone to use torrents for sharing and downloading pirated content. Please support artists and developers by buying genuine materials. 7labs is not responsible for any misuse of the mentioned applications.