We all know how much Apple hates torrents and how it has blocked each and every BitTorrent client from reaching the App Store. So what do people usually do to download torrent stuff on their iDevices? Well, they jailbreak it usually and download a torrent client like iTransmission we covered earlier. Well, today in this tutorial, we’ll show how you can download torrents without jailbreaking your device.
First things first. Get and install the Filer app for iOS which allows you to manage and download different files on your iOS. The Lite version of Filer is free and sufficient to carry out this task. You’re also needed to register an account at www.torrific.com in case you don’t have already. It’s free too.
Now launch your web browser either from your iDevice or your desktop and copy the URL of the torrent you want to download. Let’s say PwnageTool torrent from iPhone Dev team. Having done that, open www.torrific.com in your browser. Not to forget, Torrific allows you to download torrents without a BitTorrent client.
The torrent URL that you copied a while ago needs to be pasted in the text box that you see on www.torrific.com and then press “Get”.
As the next transition page appears, opt for the “Initiate BitTorrent Transmission” option which will be followed by a login screen, In case you’re not already logged in. Once you’re done logging in, we might want to tell you that from this point onwards, your desired torrent is supposed to be already downloading on Torrific’s servers, even if you shut down your iDevice or desktop.
Once the download completes, you’ll get an email from torrific.com that holds within the link to retrieve your file. Click on that link and you’ll be directed to your torrific homepage where you’ll find the direct link to download the file. Just copy the link.
Now just open the Filer app on your iPhone/iPad and point your Filer app to this direct link that you just copied. Tap the “download” button. In no time, you’ll see the download to start.
One final word: Before downloading a file, make sure you have enough space on your iDevice (which you can do by navigating to System Settings > General > About). You’ll be downloading large files, so we hope you have a good internet connection to help you download. That’s it. Enjoy!
Editor’s Note: When people see the term “torrent’, some think it equals piracy. So a few readers have raised a concern. Is Simonblog promoting piracy by showing reader how to download torrent? While a large amount of content delivered using BitTorrent is pirated, torrent does not equal piracy. It’s just an effective way (so called peer-to-peer file sharing protocol) to distribute large amounts of data. Some free softwares such as PwnageTool are delivered via BitTorrent. At Simonblog, we aim to show you the usual and unusual things you can do with the amazing iPhone. We do NOT promote piracy. This guide is simply a How-To guide and we expect you to use technique to download free/legitimate software.
Farrukh Zafar is the inside-out gadget guy at Simonblog. You can always reach him at Twitter.com/fariZafar