Download Torrents on iPhone or iPad (without Jailbreaking iOS)
Learn how to download torrents quickly and safely on your iPhone or iPad.
The way Apple manages their iOS operating system and app store is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the iPhone has less security vulnerabilities than Android and doesn’t become infected with malware as easily.
On the other hand, iPhones and iPads don’t allow you quite as much freedom as Android. Apple devices are less customizable, they lack certain features, and they don’t allow some apps. Unfortunately, that includes torrenting clients.
Since Apple has removed all torrenting clients from its app store, it makes downloading torrents a little tricky. Fortunately, there are options. Keep reading to find out what they are.
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Should You Jailbreak Your iPhone or iPad to Download Torrents?
One way to get past the restrictions placed on iOS and its app store is through a process known as “jailbreaking”. You might have also heard it referred to as “rooting”.
In short, jailbreaking an iPhone is a way of hacking the device and removing or bypassing software restrictions. If you jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, you will be able to customize the menu, install new themes, and use unauthorized apps – which includes torrenting clients.
There are plenty of advantages to a jailbroken iOS device. But there are also some major disadvantages.
For starters, it can be a little complicated, and doing it wrong can “brick” or irreparably break your device. That’s right, no more iPhone. Also, while you’re technically allowed to jailbreak something you own, it can void your warranty, make software updates difficult, and cause other problems.
In our opinion, it’s not worth jailbreaking your iPhone to download torrents. But it is an option, and there are plenty of guides out there on the topic if you’d like to try it.
Using Cloud Torrent Services to Download on Your iOS Device
Want an easier and less messy way to torrent from your iPhone or iPad? Then cloud torrenting is the way to go.
Instead of downloading a torrent to your device via a torrenting client and peer-to-peer traffic, the actual torrenting will take place in the cloud. You then download the completed file directly from the cloud server to your iPhone or iPad. Or you can just stream the content from the cloud to your device without actually having to download it.
Advantages of Cloud Torrenting
Cloud torrenting on iPhone or iPad offers many advantages:
- Doesn’t require any special software or apps
- More secure than normal torrenting, even if you don’t use a VPN
- Very fast downloads, with 1GB files saved to the cloud in as little as 5 minutes
- And if another customer of the cloud torrent service has already downloaded the same file, you’ll get it almost instantly
- Streaming is less controversial than downloading (and takes up less space on your device)
- Better virus protection than torrenting directly on your device
- Can be done on almost any device, including your iPhone or iPad
In fact, not only is cloud torrenting good for mobile devices, in many ways it’s a better choice for your Mac (or PC) too.
Best Cloud Torrenting Providers for iOS
Now that you’re sold on cloud torrenting, which provider should you use? We’ve highlighted our top 3 picks.
TorrentSafe is a fast, private, and affordable cloud torrenting service that offers up to 3 free downloads a month with no registration.
- Free accounts available
- No registration required
- Unlimited file storage on paid plans
- Bitcoin accepted
If you want a premium account, the are available at a reasonable cost of $3.33 to $5.69 per month.
Bitport.io is another great cloud torrenting service. Their free service offers 1GB storage, but be aware that free users won’t get HTTPS encryption when downloading from their server. This means your ISP will be able to detect what you are downloading from Bitport’s could servers with your free account.
- Free accounts available
- 30-day money-back guarantee on paid plans
- Bitcoin accepted
If you want the full benefits of a premium account, plans cost from $5 to $15 per month.
Seedr.cc offers a crazy amount of storage for their paid plans, as well as seeding and static IPs, which is great for private tracker users. Their free accounts give you up to 2GB storage.
- Free accounts available
- Free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
- Static IP and seeding available
- Up to 1TB storage
Paid plans vary in price from $6.95 to $19.95 per month.
How to Use Cloud Torrenting on Your iPhone or iPad
Now, once you’ve signed up for a cloud torrenting provider, the process of downloading torrents is pretty easy. The screenshots in this tutorial show TorrentSafe’s free account in action.
1. Grab the Magnet or Torrent File
Normally, you tell a torrent client what to download by way of a “magnet” link or a small torrent file.
Even though we’re not using a traditional client, we’ll still need that magnet or torrent file for cloud torrenting.
So, find the torrent you want to download and copy the link (by highlighting it and doing a long press), then selecting ‘Copy’.
Or simply download the torrent file to your iOS device by clicking ‘More’ after you go to the Download screen and then choose ‘Save to Files’. This will prompt you where to save it on your device.
See our post about How to Find Torrents.
2. Paste or Upload the Magnet/File
Next, you’ll go to your cloud torrenting service and paste the magnet link into the handy ‘Paste Torrent or URL Here’ box. You can’t miss it.
Then hit ‘Download Now’.
Or if you have a torrent file, you’ll simply upload it. On TorrentSafe, there’s a button that says ‘Add .torrent File’ right below the paste URL bar. Click that and then the Next button, and it’ll give you an option of which file to upload.
3. Wait for the File to Finish Torrenting
Now you just wait for the download. Like we mentioned above, cloud torrenting services tend to be super-fast, especially if you have a paid plan. And if you’re registered, they’ll often email you a notification to let you know when your file is finished.
In some cases, if the file you’re trying to torrent has been download by another user of the same service, you’ll be given instant access to it instead of having to download it again.
4. Download or Stream the Completed File
Here’s the part where we reap the fruits of our labor. Once the file the torrent is finished, you’ll be able to download it directly to your device for watching later – or simply stream it straight from the cloud.
Which method you choose is up to you (and how much space you have on your device), just keep in mind that streaming content is less controversial than downloading it.
And if you’re using Bitport.io’s free plan, keep in mind your download doesn’t have HTTPS encryption, meaning your ISP (if you’re on Wi-Fi) or mobile provider (if you’re on data) can see what you’re downloading. That’s another reason why TorrentSafe is our first recommendation for downloading torrents to your iPhone or iPad.
But if you still opt for Bitport’s free plan, we’d recommend using a VPN when using it. Check out the best VPNs for iOS.
If you opt for one of the other cloud torrenting services (or Bitport’s paid plans) you will benefit from HTTPS encryption on your downloads and don’t need to worry about this.
Also keep in mind that TorrentSafe and Bitport’s free plans don’t scan files for viruses or other vulnerabilities. So, be careful what you download.
Extra Tip: Use a Download Manager for your iPhone or iPad
Many people use a download manager app when cloud torrenting because it makes the process of saving torrent files, downloading files from the cloud server, and accessing those files on your device a lot easier, since you’ll have more control of where they’re saved.
Note: This is not the same thing as a torrenting client!
Documents by Readdle is a free, top-rated download manager for iOS. Just download and install it before beginning the process described above and it’ll make things a little smoother.
So, we’ve learned all about how to download torrents with an iPad or iPhone without jailbreaking iOS thanks to cloud torrenting.
Hopefully, by now, you have a great way of torrenting straight from your iPhone or iPad, and you no longer have to rely strictly on iOS apps and the iTunes store. Nice!
As always, just make sure you’re safe, smart, and secure while torrenting – that means streaming or downloading via HTTPS or a VPN – and watch out for malware.