Most torrent clients use the BitTorrent protocol, but there’s only one official BitTorrent client.
But does it actually live up to the name? Or are there better alternatives?
Find out in our detailed BitTorrent client review.
BitTorrent Client Review: Advantages
BitTorrent and the more popular uTorrent are almost identical in terms of features. So, if you’ve used uTorrent – or read our uTorrent review – you already have a good idea of what you’re getting. But let’s recap some of the best features.
- Remotely manage torrents from web browser or mobile
- Manually limit bandwidth usage for uploads and downloads
- Schedule speeds and usage by time and day
- Set your computer to go to sleep or shutdown automatically after download(s) finish
BitTorrent Client Review: Disadvantages
Now, for the stuff we don’t like:
- Lots of ads in the free version
- Installer tries to add other programs to your computer
- No support for plug-ins or add-ons
- No support for MacOS
- Less streamlined and easy to use than uTorrent
How to Install the BitTorrent Client
Installing BitTorrent is pretty much identical to installing uTorrent, with some very minor differences. Here’s a step-by-step guide.
1. Download the installer from the BitTorrent website. Hint: Go for the Classic version and the Free plan.
2. Run the installer, which brings up the Setup Wizard. Click Next.
3. Click Next again at the warning, then Agree to the License Agreement.
4. The next two screens are for programs that you don’t need. Uncheck the box for McAfee Web Adviser and click Next, then Decline the offer on the next screen.
5. Choose the Install Options you want.
6. For the next screen, we’d suggest checking the box to create an exception in your firewall and unchecking the box to run BitTorrent on start up.
You can leave the file types checked if you’re using BitTorrent as your main torrent client; otherwise, uncheck them.
7. Upon launching BitTorrent, you’ll get an offer for BitTorrent File Systems. If you don’t want it (we wouldn’t), click No, thanks and Next.
8. BitTorrent will also ask you to make it your default torrent application. That’s up to you. If you don’t want it to be, make sure to uncheck the box to “always perform this check” so you don’t get the notification again.
How to Remove Ads from the BitTorrent Client
Yes, it is possible to remove the ads from BitTorrent’s free version. Here’s how.
1. Go to Options > Preferences > Advanced.
2. Search for each of the below filters in the Filters box.
3. Copy and paste them one by one, click their name on the filter list, and then set them to False.
It’s that easy. No more annoying ads.
Best BitTorrent Alternatives
Not sold on BitTorrent? Check out these alternatives.
This is an obvious choice. After all, uTorrent is pretty much BitTorrent – but a little better.
If you'd prefer an open-source torrent client with no ads, qBittorrent is an excellent choice.
Another popular alternative to BitTorrent/uTorrent. It’s open-source and ad-free too.
Is the BitTorrent Client Safe?
No torrent client is completely safe. You should pair it with a good torrenting VPN – and preferably an antivirus.
We prefer PIA VPN, since it keeps your torrenting secured no matter what client you're using, and for a very low price.
As for BitTorrent specifically, it’s closed source and likes to put bloatware and other shady programs on your computer. There’s no reason to believe it’s inherently unsafe, but we don’t trust it (and uTorrent) quite as much as some of the alternatives.
BitTorrent Client Review: Wrap-Up
So, what’s the verdict? Is BitTorrent worth using?
Honestly, we don’t really see any reason to use BitTorrent over uTorrent. The latter is just a slightly better version of the same client – and they’re owned by the same people.
When comparing BitTorrent/uTorrent to other alternatives, like qBittorrent, things become a little more subjective. In our humble opinion, BitTorrent/uTorrent are suitable torrent clients – but not the best. And many torrenters would agree with us.