Torrenting Safely On Your IPhone

Posted: Aug 19 2019, 7:24am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Torrenting Safely on Your iPhone

The biggest problem with torrenting on your iPhone or iPad, safely or otherwise, is that Apple does not permit torrent apps in the App Store. This is undoubtedly something of a bummer, but the good news is that there is an easy workaround.

Cloud torrent services

Cloud torrent services work much like using a regular BitTorrent client except that instead of downloading the torrent directly to your device, you transfer them to a cloud account. From here you can stream video torrents for instant gratification, or transfer any of your leeched torrents to your iPhone via regular HTTP download in your browser.

And because all the magic happens inside your browser, there is no need for an iOS torrent app. Cloud torrent services include Bitport.io, put.io, Zbigz, and more.

Many cloud torrent services offer a free tier, typically with a 1 GB storage limit. In our experience, though, HTTP download speeds for free plans are too slow to be useful. The typical result is that downloads fail. We therefore strongly recommend paying for a premium plan which offers improved transfer bandwidth.

How to torrent in iOS using put.io

We use put.io as an example cloud torrent service, but they all work in much the same way. In our tests, we found that Firefox for iOS was much better at handing download links than Safari or even dedicated file browsers such as Documents.

1. Sign-up for a cloud torrent account.

2. Turn on your VPN (optional but recommended - see below).

3. Visit your favorite torrent site and find the torrent you want.

4. Long press on Magnet download link -> Copy Link. Note that put.io actually accepts a wide variety of link types to content, but many services require a Magnet link.

5. Sign into your cloud torrent account and locate the new transfer input field. In put.io this is brought up by clicking on the + icon to the top right of the screen.

Long press -> Pate to paste in the torrent link you copied in Step 4 and hit “Start transfers” (or similar).

6. Once the transfer is complete, touch the Download icon to download the file locally to your iPhone. This is the part we found Firefox to be better at handling than other iOS browsers.

Alternatively, if the download is a media file then most cloud torrent services allow you to stream the content inside your browser window.

7. File management in iOS can be a bit of a pain, but the built-in Files app provides automatic support for the Firefox download folder. Just navigate to it in order to access the torrented files on your iPhone. Yay!

Use a VPN

Now that you can torrent on your iPhone, the second part of the equation is doing so safely. Using a cloud torrent service is inherently safer than downloading direct to your real IP address because anyone monitoring the torrent download will see the IP address of the cloud torrent server, not your own real IP.

And no cloud torrent service worth its salt (or that will stay in business for long) will hand over its client’s details without a fight. A VPN app is still recommended, however, because:

1. It hides that you are visiting torrent sites from your ISP. This is particularly useful if your ISP blocks torrent sites, as it can’t block what it can’t see.

2. It hides your torrent download activity from your ISP because the encrypted tunnel prevents your ISP from seeing the contents of your data.

3. It will also hide your real IP address from the cloud torrent provider, although if you have gone the Premium route then the provider will probably have your payment details on file.

A VPN works by routing your entire internet connection through a VPN server run by a VPN service. This VPN server acts as a proxy intermediary, blocking anyone on the internet from seeing your real IP address and your ISP from seeing what you do on the internet.

In addition to this, the connection between your iPhone and the VPN server is securely encrypted so that your ISP cannot see data as it passes between them. For a list of recommended VPN apps for your iPhone, please see here.

Please note that all torrents used as examples in this article are in the public domain.

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